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Advice From Abercrombie & Fitch Model Kellan Lutz

Kellan Lutz

Kellan Lutz, has built a name for himself in both the modeling and acting industry. After wrapping up his first season as a series regular on HBO's, "The Comeback," opposite Lisa Kudrow, Kellan went straight into production on several studio films. Check him out in Disney's "Stick It," in the Universal feature "Accepted", and in the films "Deep Winter" and "The Tribe".

Now a big and small screen favorite, Kellan got his start with several high-profile modeling campaigns, including the coveted job as the cover-boy of Abercrombie & Fitch's catalog. He can also be seen ads for Levi's Jeans.


Kellan Lutz: How to Succeed as a Male Model and Actor

New Faces recently caught a moment with top model and actor Kellan Lutz who offers his advice to find success in both industries.

New Faces: Where did you get started in acting and modeling and was it something you always wanted to get in to?

Kellan Lutz: I got started in acting when I was really young. My family has always been very church-orientated, so of course my mother always wanted to see her sons dress up, act, and sing in the church plays. The thing that was different between my other brothers and I was that I found the plays to be really fun and I really got into them. Back in Arizona a friend of mine was always modeling for Dillard. Being gone from school sounded good to me so I talked to one of my best friends about looking for an agency. He told me about the Ford Agency – a top agency that casts on New Faces – I signed with them and I was on my way.

New Faces: Tell us about one of your first few projects and how you transitioned from modeling to acting, and what advice would you give to those who want to get started?

Kellan Lutz: I did anything and everything I could to make my resume shine – which is what I'd recommend. In the summer before my first year at Chapman University (where I was going for chemical engineering) I booked a national Levi's campaign and Abercrombie and Fitch campaign and I had a lot of fun doing that. The more work I did, of course, the more people I met. I met a lot of agents in the process and found that there were many acting opportunities out there for me and with their help it really gave me a chance to try another love of mine.

New Faces: Having grown up in a small town do you think it was essential to your career for you to make the move to a bigger market or were there career avenues you could have taken in your own hometown?

Kellan Lutz: In Arizona is where it all started, so there are local opportunites out there, including with modeling. Arizona had a lot going on, but I wanted to make the move into a bigger market.

New Faces: Tell us about your first few months in Hollywood and what adjustments you had to make to settle into that environment?

Kellan Lutz: I fell in love with California as soon as I moved here…but man is this city big. I started searching for an agent and manager and wanted to find a professional team that would fit me just right.

New Faces: You found success fairly early in your career, and have starred in several indie films including "Deep Winter" opposite Michael Madison and "The Tribe", and on HBO's "The Comeback". You also starred in a Disney feature "Stick It". Do you prefer indie films over big productions, or TV instead?

Kellan Lutz: I love acting, that's all I can say. From theatre back home to out here in Hollywood, I just love playing characters. I guess I do prefer movies because different projects come up so often which allows me to learn more and develop my acting skills. I'm really lucky to get to do what I do.

New Faces: In addition to acting, you were also on the cover of the Abercrombie & Fitch summer catalogue, and star in a series of Levi's Jean ads, what was it like to see yourself in such high-profile campaigns?

Kellan Lutz: It put me through the door and gave me a name out here in L.A., which is a hard thing to do....so I was extremely fortunate and those two campaigns pretty much started my career, in modeling and even into acting. My advice is to not be afraid to start in one field and transition into another.

New Faces: Tell us about a few future projects you are working on and what's next for you?

Kellan Lutz: I actually just got back from Costa Rica where I shot the movie "The Tribe". It was a great experience. I loved it in Costa Rica… such a paradise. I write a lot and have been working on some screen plays of my own, while I can. I hope to write and direct my own movie one day. I just love everything about being an actor.

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