"I quit catwalk, now I'm acting with Arnie and Stallone," says Caitriona
Irish model Caitriona Balfe has ditched the modelling for good in favour of acting.
She started her career sashaying down the catwalk at fashion shows in London, New York and Paris.
And now Monaghan model-turned-actress Caitriona Balfe is muscling up with Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Caitriona stars alongside the Hollywood beefcakes in an upcoming thriller.
"I'm in Escape Plan, it comes out in September and I'm really excited about it," the 33-year-old told The Herald.
"It's with Arnold and Sylvester."
The movie follows two hardened convicts as they try to break out of a high security jail.
It has been dubbed by movie buffs as a cross between The Great Escape and Die Hard.
While there may have been plenty of action on set and on screen, Caitriona says she managed to avoid the high energy fight scenes.
"It is an action film but I don't actually do any action myself. I play the part of a lawyer called Jasmine Trassler. So I am very subdued and not punching anyone," she laughs.
Balfe started her modelling career at 18 and has worked for many international designers, including Roberto Cavalli.
She also appeared on RTE's 2010 series Model Scouts as a runway mentor. But now the slim brunette is taking over Tinseltown and acting alongside some of the biggest names in the business.
She stars in Now You See Me, which hits Irish cinemas on July 3, and shares the screen with Hollywood heavyweights Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Caine and James Franco's little brother Dave.
The chatty actress admits feeling a little intimidated on set.
"It's very much the beginning for me so I'm just taking baby steps at the moment," she said.
"I am acting alongside some great people. There was one day we were on stage next to Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson and you do just think 'Oh wow'."
And Caitriona says she turned to acting stalwart Michael Caine for solid acting advice.
"He said the secret to being a good actor is looking like you have something extremely important to say, even if you're just sitting there."
The talented brunette says landing such high profile gigs has helped her acting career.
"I think every credit you get and every film you have your name attached to makes things a little bit easier. It definitely opens doors up but it's still a grind," she said.
Caitriona encourages other Irish models, wannabes and aspiring actresses to take a leap of faith and follow their dreams.
"You just have to take a chance and take a move and just see what happens," she said.
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