John Abraham: 'They've all shut up now'


By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, March 22 -- No one, says actor John Abraham, can now dare to say that models can't act.

"(When I started out) I was constantly told that models couldn't act, reminded of people who'd tried before me - Deepak (Malhotra), Dino (Morea), Milind (Soman) - and I carried that baggage around for years. All of them have now shut up," says the model-turned-actor in an interview to GQ India as he completes 10 years in Bollywood since his 2003 debut, Jism.

John is considered the last of Indian male supermodels of the 90s, with the era of them having now ended with blink-and-miss faces on the block.

Asked what he carries forward from his modelling days, the 40-year-old says, "A strong sense of self. It's particularly hard to hold on to yourself when you become an actor. Of course, If I wasn't a model, no one would have known of me. John Abraham would've meant nothing."

The actor remembers the first time he thought he had the potential to be a successful model. "Back in 1988, I was visiting (photographer) Atul Kasbekar and I remember him saying to me, 'Have you heard of Marc Robinson, Rahul Dev, Arjun Rampal and Milind Soman? You're a combination of all of them'."