Antonio Banderas is trading in his film scripts for binders and text books! The Spanish actor will officially become a student this fall at Central Saint Martins in London. The storied fashion design institute, which has helmed top designers like Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci and Stella McCartney, is globally recognized as one of the industry’s top school.
The 55-year-old shared his exciting new adventure with his 124,000 Instagram followers, posting a photo of himself posing with a series of mannequins.
“The 2nd week of studies at Central St Martin begins,” he captioned the snap. “Intense, exciting, serious and fun all the same time.”
The Mask of Zorro actor’s decision to pursue a career in fashion has come as a surprise to fans as he is best known for his successful Hollywood career, starring in hits including Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, as well as voicing the character of Puss in Boots in the Shrek franchise.
However, Antonio has since revealed that design has been an ambition “for a long time”, but that doesn’t mean he will be leaving the world of acting altogether.
“It’s something that has been on my mind for a long time,” he said during an appearance on Loose Women. “Central Saint Martins is probably one of the best schools in the world and so I am going to start studying with them.
“It makes me feel actually very young to put the elbows on the table again and try to understand another reality. Of course, I won’t stop my professional life, I’ll continue acting, directing, but this is a new thing.”
It’s no doubt been a hectic few months for Antonio, following the news that he and Melanie Griffith’s divorce was set to be finalised. According to TMZ, the former couple, who announced their separation in June last year, both signed their divorce papers in June, just waiting for a judge to legally end their 18-year marriage.