South Africa's very own supermodel, Nicola Breytenbach, has returned to Cape Town from New York to make her acting debut in the film The Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Part of the movie is being shot in Cape Town, but in terms of her contract with the film production company, Nicola is not allowed to disclose any details about the part she'll be playing. The Blood Diamond is based on Greg Campbell's best-selling book by the same name and tells the story of an illegal diamond syndicate in Sierra Leone.
Besides DiCaprio, who plays an American diamond smuggler, Jennifer Connelly also stars in the movie, due for release next year. Nicola made a name for herself when she became known as the "Revlon Girl", appearing in commercials all over the world for cosmetics giant Revlon. "I was the Revlon Girl for two years and it was hard, because I wasn't allowed to change anything about my looks in that period. But it paid about R4-million for six days of work, so that was very good," she said. Today she lives in America, but she said she enjoyed being back in Cape Town, where some of her relatives and friends live.
Breytenbach moved with her parents to Europe when she was a teen and first worked for a model agency in Amsterdam when she was 19. Today, at 28, she has achieved pretty much everything she can as a model. "I've worked with the best photographers and reached all the goals I wanted as a model. But I still love it because of all the cool people I meet," said Breytenbach. The Blood Diamond is her first acting experience and she said she was very nervous before shooting a scene over the weekend.