Recently The Guardian posted an article of an interview of Jamie by Benji Wilson. Having gone from model to actor or actor/model, is nothing new for many actors over the years. What is different is how fast Jamie made the transition. He is among the few who (at least in my mind) who have gone from baring their bodies in the name of fashion to baring them in the name of art (yes, acting is an art!)
Besides the fact that YES..”LEMONS DO CHANGE THE TASTE OF COKE!” and “Great Minds Think Alike.” I think Benji Wilson asked a legit question in whether or not Jamie would ever be recognized as that great, dark-eyed, intense actor or that actor who used to model underwear for Calvin Klein.
If you think back to actors like Mark Walhberg, back then known as Marky Mark, showing his Calvins on a Times Square billboard, or Channing Tatum modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch, both are current and extremely successful actors/writers/producers who have been able to leave their modeling years behind them. Channing Tatum has even used his albeit brief time as an exotic dancer in Florida as the inspiration for the movie Magic Mike (2012), which he wrote, produced, and starred in.
Two years ago Jamie was “The Golden Torso” a nickname that he says he is “haunted” by. because any mention of it means that any discussion of his acting is inevitably accompanied by a picture of him in his pants, again. I think that Jamie should embrace the moniker, and his time as a model, both clothing and underwear. It has exposed him to the entertainment world, taught him how to use what his mamma gave him, and has been the jumping board for him to delve into acting.
What do you think? Is Jamie’s modeling history a negative thing? Is it something he will continue to have a hard time getting away from professionally? Or, has it helped Jamie and his career so far?