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Tuesday 27 January 2015

Deyn inspired by Clash co-stars

Agyness Deyn has gone from modelling to acting
Agyness Deyn has gone from modelling to acting

Agyness Deyn has revealed how her Clash Of The Titans co-stars Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes inspired her to pursue acting.

The model-turned-actress, who stars in the English-language remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Pusher in her first big role, made her big-screen debut as Greek goddess Aphrodite in the 2010 fantasy adventure.

"I feel I got so much enjoyment from modelling - it was so creative and I did it for 12 years. I got to a stage where I needed something a little bit more and I didn't know what or how I would get that," she said.

"Acting made me feel like I was pushing the boundaries of myself, like I was taking it to the next level. Clash was such a huge production and I had such a small part, but I was so grateful to have done it because it really opened my eyes as to what this is all about."

She continued: "Working and doing scenes with amazing actors like Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes and watching how they work really planted a seed in me and made me think, 'I really want to do this. It's so creative'."

Since filming Pusher, Agyness has made her West End debut in Francois Archambault's comedy, The Leisure Society, and is preparing to film Terence Davies' pre-wartime drama Sunset Song.

The 29-year-old insisted she hasn't completely turned her back on modelling, saying: "I don't want to say, 'I'm never going to model ever again', because that seems silly. I just want to do projects that I find creatively fulfilling and challenging."

:: Pusher opens in cinemas on October 12.

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