It ain’t easy being a supermodel, particularly if you’ve got the acting bug—like Tyson Beckford.
Interviewed on Conversations of a Spirited Actor, the chiseled fashion icon chats about breaking into films back in 2000, in the little-known Val Lik pic Boricua’s Bond.
“When I started transitioning into the acting thing—and I still get this to this day, people say, ‘Ah, I didn’t know you could act,’ or ‘I didn’t know you could speak.’ I mean, because they’re so used to seeing you in ads,” he tells host Tracey Moore.
“And you’re saying, ‘Duh, dumbass, I’ve been speaking my whole life!’ continues Tyson, who also appeared opposite Laurence Fishburne in 2003’s Biker Boyz, and is currently developing another biker flick, this one titled 305 Outlaws.
“You almost have to start over when you go from the modeling to the acting. Because they’re so—I don’t wanna say they’re dumb, but they kinda like think you don’t really speak.
“So when you make that transition, it’s so hard—especially if you’re a very successful model.”
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