Chanel Iman's movie ambitions
Chanel Iman's acting aim is to work with Quentin Tarantino.
The 24-year-old star may be best known for her role as a Victoria's Secret Angel, but she's showing there's more to her than meets the eye by moving into film. Chanel stars in indie coming-of-age drama Dope, and she hopes it is just the first step on her acting path.
"One day I would love to work with Halle Berry. When it comes to people I look up to, she’s my girl crush and just so inspiring to me. Quentin Tarantino would be awesome, too," she told style.com. "There are a few directors on my list, but for me, I just like to work with people I know I can create something special with.”
Dope was directed by Rick Famuyiwa and is about a group of geeky kids in Inglewood, California, who are struggling to get by in their difficult neighbourhood. Malcolm is a nerd who dreams of Harvard, then gets invited to a big party which has consequences for him and his pals.
"When I read the script, I just fell in love with it,” Chanel explained. “Acting was something I had always wanted to do, but I knew this was the part for me.”
She plays Lily, who struck a chord with the model because she is so complex and wild. It meant this wasn't a cookie-cutter part, and the model was excited to get stuck into playing someone who had so much about her.
The film co-stars some big names, among them Forest Whitaker and Zoë Kravitz and getting to work with them was a blast. The flick debuted at Sundance, where it garnered a bidding war. Although that was exciting, the best part for Chanel was watching the finished version on the big screen with her co-stars.