On Jan. 6, Cuthbert became the talk of the night after she stood behind stars on the red carpet with her tray of Fiji Water.
Cuthbert, who usually works as a fashion model and commercial actress, said she wasn’t intentionally trying to steal the spotlight — but rather her modeling instincts took over. Of her big Golden Globes moment, Cuthbert explained that the photos simply came about by “looking at the camera at the right time.”
“There’s tons of photographers everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you stand, you’re in the crossfire of every shot,” she explained to PEOPLE. “You’ve gotta have good face, at least, if you’re gonna be hovering in the background frequently.”
As the evening went on, Cuthbert quickly became one of the most talked about topics on social media. The model, however, was unaware of her instantaneous fame as she stood on the carpet phone-less.
“I had absolutely no idea what was happening because I obviously didn’t have my phone on me,” she said of the social media craze happening while she worked.
“I felt very cut off from everything. I didn’t find out until the last stragglers of the red carpet were heading into the awards ceremony, and all these people walking by started shoving their phones in my face and showing me that I was trending on Twitter, but I didn’t understand the magnitude of it till later,” she added.
“I specifically moved away from the blatant promotions by Fiji and Moet where young women with their trays filled with their wares stood near a designated camera. I knew why there was a photographer poised there and I moved away as I said out loud that I didn’t want to be doing advertising for either,” Curtis explained in her caption.
“Clearly this angle shows that I moved from her being behind me and yet from the side it still happens,” she continued. “The sponsors of events need to get permission from people when they get them to take their picture next to products.”
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Cuthbert’s acting gig comes after a 12-year career in modeling.
According to her personal website, Cuthbert has modeled for several agencies across the United States and Canada, including Wilhelmina in Los Angeles, Heffner in Seattle, Donna Baldwin in Denver, Key in Vancouver and Plutino in Toronto.
She has also modeled for international agency East West in Frankfurt, Germany.