— -- “Hot Convict” Jeremy Meeks says he’s eager to serve out his sentence and is looking ahead to starting a career in modeling and acting.
“I’m in a place where I will be able to provide for my family and really change my life,” Meeks told ABC News from a Nevada prison. “I never thought that everyone in the world would recognize me for my looks, so I feel extremely blessed and very thankful.”
The chisel-jawed, blue-eyed Californian became an Internet sensation last year when his mug shot went viral after the Stockton Police Department posted it on its Facebook page. Meeks was sentenced several weeks ago to 27 months of prison on weapon charges, but hopes for a November release that accounts for time served and good behavior.
Meeks is now working with agent Jim Jordan of White Cross Management and said he plans to take full advantage of his viral fame.
In preparation for his release and foray into modeling, Meeks said that he is working on getting ripped.
“I eat healthy. I do a lot of push-ups, pull-ups, dips, burpees, and I stay very active,” he said.
Meeks said he wants to try his hand at both modeling and acting. “I wish I could be on a show like 'Sons of Anarchy,'” said Meeks.
Jordan is confident Meeks’ notoriety can propel him into a successful career. “There is a sea of opportunities waiting for him,” Jordon said, who is working to set Meeks up with “modeling agencies around the world, endorsement deals and reality show interests.”
As for that mug shot, Meeks said he wasn't intentionally giving his best “blue steel” for the picture.
“I was just thinking about missing my family,” he said. “I was really thinking about my son a lot at that moment, that was the only thing that was on my mind.”
Until then, Meeks said he is keeping his head down and relying on backing from the outside.
“I've got a lot of support my family, my friends, and from my fans -- I get hundreds and hundreds of letters every month. I’m very thankful for all the support I've been getting,” Meeks said.