EYES OF THE WANDERER. Spanish by birth, global by his reach in modeling, Andrés Velencoso Segura now calls London his home and wanders into the world of motion pictures
Outfit by Ermenegildo Zegna
Fueled by his passion for travel, a 20-year-old Andrés Velencoso Segura took up modeling in earnest. He left his hometown in Tossa de Mar, Girona, Spain, for Milan, Paris and, subsequently, New York. The last destination proved to be an enduring and fruitful affair where he scored great success, landing pages and pages of editorials, and fronting multiple campaigns season after season. Two of his big breakthroughs included being the first male model ever to be featured in Vogue Paris and being the face of Chanel Allure Homme fragrance for seven straight years—an incredibly rare occurrence in the fast-paced business of cosmetics.
If anything, the now 38-year-old Catalonian never rests on his laurels. Five years ago, he dove headlong onto the big screen, taking on small roles in a variety of films. Since then he has beefed up his resume with a slew of movie titles, including two upcoming Spanish comedy flicks, “100 metros” and “Señor, Dame Paciencia.” Acting might have already been a part of his advertising work, but Velencoso’s passion and desire when raving about the subject felt fresh and contagious.
This red-blooded Spaniard is, as a matter of fact, charmingly humble and warm when I met him in London for this shoot. There’s no pretense in his great personality, whether it’s the way he carries himself among new friends or how he regales listeners about his travels. It is easy to say why the camera loves his angular face and deep, smoldering gaze, but Velencoso’s easygoing, laid-back vibes are perhaps his real winning asset that has put him at the top ranks of the modeling game for many years.
Ronald Liem: So, what are you currently busy working on?
Andrés Velencoso Segura: I was in Paris, shooting for a French brand last week. I was in Madrid before, rehearsing and shooting one day for a new movie set in Southern Spain, called “Señor, Dame Paciencia,” which literally means “God, give me patience.” It’s going to be my fourth movie after the latest one in November, titled “100 metros”—it’s about a person suffering from multiple sclerosis but he’s running in the Iron-Man competition. It’s a comedy and people are going to laugh hard, because the character is so different from me.
RL: Besides acting, you’re still modeling full time, right?
AVS: Yeah. I have made London my base since last January. When you want to focus as a model, you need to go to the big cities, either New York or London. Paris is more of an in-and-out; it’s more for female models. There are a lot of things going on in London, and it’s close to Paris, only two hours away.
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