Karrueche Tran is more than just a pretty face. Though it is a pretty one, Tran is hoping to show the world that she can act, too. The 27-year-old is already making big strides: she starred in the Syfy Sharknado Week movie 3 Headed Shark Attack and the new StyleHaul and Maybelline series alongside Denise Richards. We’re excited to see this beauty in a whole new light, and we think you should be, too.
Cliché: Did you always know you wanted to be a model? What got you first interested in the industry?
Karrueche Tran: I was always interested in modeling from my earlier years. I was approached at different times for modeling gigs, but I never thought that would be a career for me because I’m only 5’1”. I wanted to do runway and editorial, so I thought I would never be able to take modeling seriously, but luckily for me, it happened!
What was the transition from model to actress like for you?
Modeling and acting are both expressive and you have to show emotion, but with acting, there is a lot of background work. I have to work hard with an acting coach and be able to bring forth any emotion at any time for a scene. It’s much harder than having to be pretty during a photo shoot, so I think acting is much more work than modeling.
You play a character named Maggie in the movie 3 Headed Shark Attack, which premiered during Syfy’s Sharknado Week. What was it like to be a part of such a big week for the channel?
Sharknado Week is very big and actually I didn’t really realize how big the sci-fi and shark world is. They have a huge audience and faithful fans. I am really lucky and really happy to be a part of 3 Headed Shark Attack. I am the main character, which is also really awesome.
Do you identify with your character Maggie at all?
I do identify with Maggie a little bit. Maggie is very adventurous, driven, and a hard worker, and she knows exactly what she wants. She’s passionate about what she believes in. I am not as adventurous as Maggie because she’s jumping in the water and trying to kill sharks. [laughs] She is more of a daredevil than I am. As far as being driven and being passionate about what I believe in, I believe that Maggie and I have similar characteristics.