Meet Margaret Luce. Margaret Luce is a model and actress who was once the muse for Valentino and has done ads and shows for other high end designers such as D&G and Versace. Although, she was in the center of high fashion she always managed to keep herself grounded and stayed away from the after hours scene that usually spoil many models. She recently completed commercials for BMW and AUDI. In this interview with Miss Perfect Woman, she tell us how she maintains her model figure and how she manages to remain grounded.
How long have you been modeling, acting and doing theater? What got you interested in this profession?
My career began at the young age of 14. I was actually on my way towards my first job at a clothing store when a woman by the name of Eileen Ford approached me and asked if I had ever been interested in modeling. I had always considered myself another average girl and never the beauty queen, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to make a few extra bucks. By the end of the week I was doing my first campaign for a local clothing store in Westport. My career took off when I was later signed with the top-modeling agency Ford Models.
After high school I moved to Europe and was attending as many castings as I could, always persistent about showing up and meeting the designers. The first time I pursued a major test shoot with Valentino, several of my modeling peers told me he’s already picked a girl there is no reason to go in for a casting. I held in there and told myself, “Why not? Just go for it! I have nothing to lose but this opportunity!” Next thing I new I was doing runway shows several times a week!
I began studying theatre in high school where I always made sure to be part of every production my school put on. I’ve always loved the whole process of creating a film or play. My interest in acting was sparked by the work I’ve done as a producer for movies such as Games People Play to my current project Belle. After watching the magic unfold behind the scenes, I decided to dabble in being in front of the camera. My latest role was in Turkles, a sweet family film in which I had the lead role. This year at the Palm Beach Film Festival, Turkles took home the award for ‘Best Family Film.’ I was very excited about this award and must say it provided an extra bit of motivation to pursue further projects.
How did you maintain your model physique for several years?
I absolutely love long distance runs, as well as weight training about 2-3 times a week. I like to think of my exercise routine like that of a tri-athlete. Almost every day my schedule includes at least a 3-mile run. Once you get in the swing of exercising every day you start to feel like a blob on days you don’t get in at least a short jog. I also follow the blood type diet, which really limits the amount of meat I eat. Once in a blue moon I will I have a quarter of a hamburger, if that. I also swear by eating a clove of garlic every day, keeps my metabolism in check while keeping my immune system running strong!
Some people think of models and actors as loose characters, especially when you see them get into drugs, over-partying and hanging out with the wrong people, examples include Lindsey Lohan and even Britney Spears. Several of them have ruined their careers, what’s the reason for this? Why is it that you so often see a super model or a talented actress get into the wrong stuff so easily and how do you stay out of it?
The main reason why many of today’s young Hollywood actresses end up going down the wrong path is mainly due to the fact that they did not have strong guidance while growing up. Fame often comes to them very quickly; they do not have the right education and guidance to deal with it in a proper way. I grew up in an Irish Catholic family where from a young age my parents instilled a sense of fear in me about experimenting with alcohol or drugs. I was very fortunate to have parents that instilled a strong sense of self-respect in me while setting examples of ways to have fun without the use of drugs or alcohol.
What is required of a model to make it big in the film and modeling profession?
Perseverance and professional training. Training equips you with the necessary tools to display your talents to their fullest potential while perseverance gets you to the finish line. As Winston Churchill always said “Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.”
It’s also important to not solely depend on your looks; there are thousands of beautiful girls in the world, but the ones that make it to the top stay away from negative influences and people.
How did you get into famous shows by designers like Versace, and D&G?
My first big break came when I was going into an audition for a Valentino show. The second he saw me he pulled me to the side and began throwing different pieces on me to try on all the while telling me how he was mesmerized by my look. This opportunity provided me a ‘foot in the door’ with other big designers because Valentino himself referenced me to them! Next thing I knew I was booking shows with Versace, D&G, etc.
Tell us something about the show you just finished with Blythe Danner for the Palm Beach Centennial Follies? What is it about? And, what’s your role in the show?
This show was a hysterical theatre satire that was meant to poke fun at the Palm Beach locals themselves, all in good fun and in the name of charity. We were raising money in order to reopen the Royal Poinciano Playhouse. I played the school headmistress in the show and it was one of the most enjoyable productions I’ve done because I had scenes with my two adorable children, Conrad and Claire.
What is the personal life of a super model and actress like? Do you still have men and little boys chasing you?
My personal life now consists of organizing various charity events, like the one I did for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital where attendees had the pleasure of viewing Bottega Veneta’s early spring collection. I also organize charity galas for the non-profit organization CARP (Comprehensive Alcohol Rehabilitation Program) where I also sit on the advisory board. I always stay involved in my passion projects, as I like to call them because they provide me the ultimate satisfaction because I am helping others.
Let me give you a quick glimpse of what a week of mine looks like: My good friend Hutton Wilkinson threw a dinner party for me in his beautiful Beverly Hills home that was mere perfection, from the dinner napkins to hors d’oeuvre’s to the main course, he always has a unique twist on presentation. The next day, I went to the touching Donate Life Hollywood Inspire Awards and had the pleasure of meeting the delightful Jack Black. Every week varies, but I always keep myself busy surrounded with people and projects I adore.
To answer your other question, yes I do have younger boys approaching me yet I am hesitant about going into detail into this question just in case my husband reads this interview.
You lived in Europe for 10 years, how is it different working in Europe?
One of the main differences was the obvious language barrier. Although many people view this as an obstacle, I personally found the language barrier to be a gift. Since I was in the modeling profession, many of the people in the industry have the propensity to be very cruel and mean. However, since I was unable to understand what they were saying I did not have to hear any negative comments, one less insecurity I had to endure.
What advice do you have for young aspiring models and actresses?
Study, train and work on your craft. Perfection will only come with practice and time.
Who do you think is a great role model for women to emulate today?
Cate Blanchett. She is still able to maintain an air of mystery around her while being one of the most gifted and talented actresses around.
What are your plans for the future?
I look forward to continuing my acting career. There’s always room to expand myself in new directions. Along with this, I’d like to set some time aside for myself.
But, what’s most important to me is to be a great mom! Staying involved in my personal career sets a positive example for my children to emulate.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Dinner backstage at the O’Neil theatre with my little ones before they go home and mommy goes on.
Anything else you’d like the readers of MissPerfectWoman.com to know…
Get on with it! Let go of any negative pulls that prevent you from living life to the fullest. As my favorite campaign line goes “Just Do It!”