Harry Styles is set to star alongside Florence Pugh in Don’t Worry Darling (Picture: Getty / Backgrid / imdb / wikipedia)

With two eagerly-anticipated films coming out this autumn, Harry Styles has cemented himself as a successful actor – despite mixed reviews of his acting style.

The star was well received in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in 2017, and early reviews for My Policeman, which he stars in alongside Emma Corrin, have raved about him – but the same can’t quite be said for Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, which saw many worry (darling) that Harry would struggle opposite powerhouse Florence Pugh.

It’s said that no publicity is bad publicity and that could well be the case with Don’t Worry Darling. It’s expected to smash it at the box office, following unconfirmed rumours of a feud between Florence and Olivia, and bizarre moments like ‘spit-gate’ at Venice Film Festival (yep, we’re still thinking about it).

But is making the move to acting always a good choice for an actor?

There’s no doubting that the move from the music industry to the film industry and vice versa can and has been done incredibly successfully.

Jennifer Lopez first saw success as an actress, before diving head-first into the music industry. Two decades on, she’s widely acclaimed in both industries.

Jennifer Hudson secured EGOT status after her successes in the music, film, and theatre industries, and Lady Gaga won a best actress Golden Globe for her role in A Star Is Born (although divided critics and audiences with her performance in House of Gucci).

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But it’s certainly not without its risks.

Paul MacKenzie-Cummins, Managing Director of Clearly PR, told Metro.co.uk: ‘Transitioning from one genre into another rarely succeeds. It isn’t necessarily because the individual themselves lacks the talent to become an actor if they were a singer, for example.

‘Rather, it is more a case of the audiences they are seeking to engage and appeal to associate them in an entirely different context. As such, they effectively ‘reject’ the celebrity’s attempt to re-position themselves as something other than what has made them the figure they are.

Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe for her role in A Star Is Born (Picture: AP)

‘There is enormous pressure for the celebrity to be as good at their new endeavour as what they are already known for, if not better. Being successful in one genre sets a high bar – an expectation, if you like, that the individual can mirror their success in another area of work.

‘When they fall short of that standard (in the eyes of their fans and the public) this can result in one of two things: the celebrity sticks to what they do best, or they carry on with their new venture but at the expense of the very thing that positioned them on centre stage in the first place.

‘There is a plethora of examples of when a celeb has attempted to cross the divide and it has backfired on them. Some may remember (or may have chosen to forget!) that supermodel Naomi Campbell released an album in the mid-90s that sold, ahem, fewer than 200 copies.

Jennifer Hudson achieved EGOT status (Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

‘Lady Gaga is a great example of a celeb’s career aspirations coming full circle. She struggled to get a foothold on the acting ladder and resorted to taking up singing as a career instead. Ironically, the thing she really want to do wasn’t possible without her second choice of profession as we saw in A Star is Born!’

Harry previously admitted that he has ‘no idea what [he’s] doing’ when it comes to acting, describing it as ‘totally opposite’ to making music.

But as for his future as an actor?

‘I feel very lucky I get to do something I love as a job. I feel like being able to explore this has made me feel even luckier I get to do two things I really enjoy. In terms of the future…I enjoy both. It’s all fun to play in both worlds and see how they affect each other,’ he said at Venice Film Festival.

 Safe to say, he could very well continue to succeed as both an actor and a musician, as plenty of stars have done in the past – provided he exercises caution when picking his next roles.

Don’t Worry Darling hits cinemas on September 23.

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