Naomi Campbell on Her Empire and AHS Acting Gigs: "I Wasn't Trying for a Career Change"
Actress and model Naomi Campbell is as multifaceted and brilliant as the flawless carats she flaunts. Read an except from our conversation with Campbell below, and for the full feature, pick up the November issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now
The voice comes crackling through the line. Naomi Campbell, one of the world's most iconic supermodels, says hello. "I have a rare week off," explains the 45-year-old with a slight English lilt, "so I'm in Spain." Downtime is indeed in short supply for Ms. Campbell, who has of late added actress to an already lengthy résumé.
She continues her role as Camilla Marks, the cougar paramour, in Season 2 of Lee Daniels's Fox smash Empire, and she débuts alongside Kathy Bates and Lady Gaga as Claudia Bankson, a fashion editor, in the fifth season of FX's American Horror Story. "I still have my day job as a model," she says. "But things are changing. I'll be at the airport, and someone will shout out, 'Hey, Camilla!' and I'll say, 'Wait, I'm Naomi!'"
On how she got the American Horror Story gig:
"I met [series creator] Ryan Murphy at a dinner at [agent] Bryan Lourd's house. He knew every picture I've done.”
On the first picture she did:
At age 7, she appeared in Bob Marley's 1978 music video "Is This Love?”
On the difficulty of filming Empire’s infamous pool-table sex scene versus shooting horror scenes:
"They're equally challenging. What would be intimate to you in real life is different from what is in front of people. I'm shy, believe it or not. Horror scenes are hard too, because you have to draw upon personal experiences to channel that fear.”
On acting versus modeling:
"I wasn't trying for a career change, but everyone's been so supportive in the acting world. To be honest, what I really want to do is produce.”