From Mugshots To Modeling? Photogenic Felon Jeremy Meeks Lands Hollywood Talent Agent
Jeremy Meeks stole hearts all over social media with his come-hither blue eyes and tattooed olive skin– and he’s about to capitalize off all the attention. Representing the handcuffed hunk, Gina Rodriguez — the woman behind V. Stiviano, Farrah Abraham, and “Octomom” — will be Meeks’ new Hollywood talent agent after he’s released from jail.
Orange is the new black, I suppose, as a new wave of social media memes with Meeks framed as a Tom Ford model have surfaced. Taking advantage of the momentum, Meeks has turned America’s Photoshop fantasies into a reality — thanks to Rodriguez, a porn actress-turned-agent.
“Everybody has a story, and I, of all people, know that,” Rodriguez told Fox News. “…[W]e don’t know Jeremy’s full story yet, and I don’t feel like he got a fair break. I really don’t. If we can help him in any way with his future and help him turn his life around, that’s what I’m about. That’s what I want to do for him.”
Before Rodriguez, Meeks reportedly hit a few brick walls — a number of agents were too reluctant to take on the photogenic felon.
“I don’t know what they’re looking for. It’s so bizzare. I didn’t even take the call,” said New York-based celebrity rep, who was contacted by the jailbird’s “associates,” according to the NY Daily News.
“We want nothing to do with this story,” an LA rep said about the convict cutie who was first discovered when the Stockholm Police Department posted his photo on Facebook — 40,000 likes followed.
Daily News insiders claim that more than a dozen agents have been contacted to represent Meeks, but it was Rodriguez — founder of GR Media firm — who nabbed the opportunity to stand behind the jailbird hottie. Meeks is currently being held on $1.1 million bail in the San Joaquin County Jail for 11 felony counts, including firearm possessions, gang membership, and parole violations.
“I’m not exactly sure why it’s so much money,” Rodriguez said of the high bail. ” I don’t know if [law enforcement] is upset with him, because he got so much attention [for his mug shot], but it wasn’t his fault. They posted his picture and the media ran with it because of the way he looks.”
Meeks’ mom has turned to GoFundMe, a crowdfunding site, to help finance her son’s legal defense. So far, donors have pitched in $5,000.
As for Meeks’ impending showbiz career, Rodriguez has already spoken to four production companies and three modeling agencies — and they’re interested.
“We’ve had tons of people trying to get interviews with Jeremy, which I think right now is a little bit overwhelming for the family. Their main concern is really trying to get him out,” Rodriguez said.