“It ain’t just looking pretty!”
That’s Natalie Floyd’s philosophy on modeling and the premise of the new CW series, “The Beautiful Life.” The show chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama of the fashion world through the lives of several young hopeful models. Mischa Barton (“The O.C”) and Sara Paxton (“The Last House on the Left”) leads the cast which also includes Corbin Bleu (“High School Musical”) and Floyd.
Floyd plays Hayley, “a free-spirited rocker chick” and the love interest of Bleu’s character Isaac. Portraying a model should come pretty naturally to Floyd who began modeling at the age of 15. She’s modeled for designers Charlotte Rousse, Neiman Marcus and Roberto de Villacis but Floyd’s aspirations were elsewhere.
“I’ve always been about acting,” Floyd said. “The modeling just kind of worked into my life on its own while I’m pursing my real passion.”
On the show, the fierce, cutthroat side to the modeling world full of backstage politics is revealed as newcomers Raina (Paxton) and Chris (Benjamin Hollingsworth) try to make a name for themselves. Floyd insists that “The Beautiful Life” is true to reality.
“It is literally a scripted behind-the-scenes peek of the modeling and fashion industry,” she said. “I think many people who decide to watch it will get a new perspective on the life a model has to lead.”
The CW’s “The Beautiful Life” premiered tonight at 9 p.m. You can also watch her as Ariana Osgood in the web series “Private.”