SENN AND SENSIBILITY. Which came first, the model or the actor? Join us as we delve into the fascinating life of actor-model Adam Senn
Hollywood—and just about any movie industry hub out there—has never been short of actors who started off as models. It makes sense, actually: Modeling involves a lot of skills that translate smoothly to acting. It’s a bit of a different story for model-actor Adam Senn, however, as acting has always been his first and true passion. Yet, to look at his modeling days as nothing but a springboard that got him into showbiz would be a massive understatement. You simply don’t get to do the kind of modeling work he’s done without the skills, talent and consummate professionalism of a dedicated model.
All that being said, Senn has definitely grown into a familiar face on TV and movies alike, from last decade’s “The City” to the latest season of “Hit the Floor” and beyond.
DA MAN: Hi, Adam. Great to have you with us. Let’s start off with your “origin story.” What was it that brought you into modeling?
Adam Senn: Pure luck! I was asked to do it and I thought it was a good way to pay for my acting classes for the summer.
DA MAN: So far, you’ve appeared in the campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana Watches; you’ve become the face for the brand’s One Sport fragrance; you’ve appeared in many high-profile editorials and the list goes on. What’s the secret behind your success?
Adam Senn: I believe it has to do with being a genuine and humble human being. I’m not the best-looking guy, that’s for sure, but I enjoy the time I spend with the people I work with. It’s those traits that put me in a position for these amazing jobs.
DA MAN: And then, as the story goes, in the late 2000s you started appearing in TV shows and short movies. Was it a deliberate career decision or was it coincidental?
Adam Senn: It was my intention from the get-go. The only reason I got into modeling was to go to New York and study theater there. When the modeling part took off, it became a gift and a curse, because it paid for my schooling, but took me away from my passion. At one point, I made acting my only priority.
DA MAN: How did your passion for acting develop in the first place?
Adam Senn: I was raised watching hundreds and hundreds of films. My father studied acting and always had a love for the silver screen. When I was 12 years old, my parents put me into a theater school in Houston, and I stayed in theater throughout high school.
DA MAN: What would you consider to be your breakout role?
Adam Senn: Becoming a series regular was my goal after I had done my first film. I wanted to prove to myself I could book a series regular role. [Playing as] Zero on VH1’s “Hit the Floor” has allowed me into everyone’s home every week, and I’m so grateful for that.
DA MAN: You are set to return in the third season of “Hit the Floor.” What can fans of the show expect this time around?
Adam Senn: Fans can expect a lot of amazing story lines of drama, love, sex, and hate that will drop your jaw.
“When the modeling part took off, it became a gift and a curse”
DA MAN: It’s been more than a year since the second season of “Hit the Floor” ended, and it did so with quite a few cliffhangers still dangling. Do you think this might potentially be a problem for casual fans and, more importantly, attracting new viewers?
Adam Senn: The show is so relevant that I think we will pick up where we left off. Viacom had their reasons for postponing our airdate, but the new wintertime airdate means more people are home watching TV. I think some of the new story lines will definitely attract a new audience.
DA MAN: On a more personal note, what is it that you like the most about “Hit the Floor”?
Adam Senn: Our whole cast and crew is one big family. It’s the best working environment I could ever ask for.
DA MAN: Besides the two titles we’ve already talked about, are there any other upcoming movies or maybe TV series that you’re going to appear in?
Adam Senn: I’m in a new film called “Supermodel” and another titled “Married Before Christmas” that’s set to come out at the end of the year.
Outfit by Comme des Garçons Homme Plus
DA MAN: Looking back at how far you’ve gone, career-wise, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?
Adam Senn: I’m proud of a lot of things, but booking a series regular was definitely a highlight.
DA MAN: How about outside of modeling and acting? What is it that you consider to be your personal, non-career accomplishment?
Adam Senn: I grew up under a mentorship, and I like to pass that along to others. I’ve had a few guys I mentored go on to do great things; one works for the governor of Texas now. Another has become a doctor. If I could pass along the idea of mentorship to the next generation, I feel I have achieved something.
DA MAN: Do you have any big plans for 2016?
Adam Senn: I have always wanted to tell the stories I’ve heard or experienced over the years. In 2016, I am going to direct my first film.
Outfit and sandals by Gucci
DA MAN: By the way, we’ve also heard that you’re a car enthusiast. Can you tell us a bit about this passion of yours?
Adam Senn: I was raised with cars, and my father and grandfather always insisted on knowing how the car they owned worked. So, that knowledge was passed down to me. I love to rebuild classic cars as a hobby.
DA MAN: Also, you almost became a pro golfer at one time. How did that happen?
Adam Senn: I was fortunate enough to have a golf course right behind my house. So, I started playing as a kid and learned a great work ethic on the golf course.
DA MAN: One last question: What keeps you motivated each day?
Adam Senn: I love a good experience—something that I can later tell a story about. Not every day is going to be great, but every day can be memorable. I strongly believe in being a better person today than you were yesterday. It’s something to look forward to.
To see more pictures from Adam Senn’s shoot, get your copy of DA MAN February/March 2016 here, and check out the outtakes below!