Cara Delevingne: I would do anything for a good role

Cara Delevingne: I would do anything for a good role

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Text: Will King

Image: Getty Images,
20th Century Fox

Our correspondent cosies up to Cara Delevingne in between her appearances for Paper Towns, out in cinemas now

I spot Cara Delevingne outside a swanky London hotel where our interview is just about to begin. First of all, however, I notice a group of teenage girls who went ecstatic once they saw their idol. One of them, around the age of 10 to 12, asks Delevingne to add her on Instagram. "Not a problem!" says the model and actress as she takes her phone out and grants her wish. The lucky fan starts shaking so hard, she couldn't even say her thanks. Delevingne awkwardly looks back at her publicist, not knowing what to do. This is perhaps the only social situation where she could still be lost in awkwardness.

When it's time for our interview, she's clearly the boss. The lass climbs onto the chair with her feet and is willing to answer any question, without showing any loss of words at all. She is young, feisty and a bit crazy, just like her heroine Margo from Paper Towns which just opened in cinemas worldwide. They both are a good kind of crazy though, which I'm quick to tell her.

'We are both fearless," Delevingne corrects me. "That is for sure the personality trait we share."

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Have you always been like that or is that a result of your career?
I've always been a thrill seeker. People say I'm very spontaneous, I think I'm very predictable. I just always go for the most exciting things I could find in life.

Margo made quite a few outrageous pranks in the movie. Is that something you're capable of doing too?
I used to run around school and we used to have these giant sugar pots on the tables. I would go and replace the sugar with the salt and vice versa. I still have no idea how I never got caught. I would cause the trouble but never got in trouble myself.

Shall we name the school so it could finally become public knowledge?
Let's say I went to Hogwarts. Oh my God, I just remembered I used to buy henna pens and draw penises on people's faces when there were sleeping!

Nice pranks!
Although people quickly figured out who was responsible — the only girl with no penis on her forehead in the morning.

You and Margo have a lot in common, but how are you two different?
She does pranks as a revenge. I do them to people I love.


Delevingne's eventful personal life made her not only the queen of catwalk, but also of tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic. Just last week, the 22-year old attended the New York premiere of Paper Towns with her 32-year old singer girlfriend St Vincent (also known as Annie Clark). When Delevingne steps out with her friends, there's always a media frenzy. Two of her closest mates are Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss, who amass quite a following among themselves. The trio are not shy about their public gatherings, and can frequently be seen at movie premieres, fashion shows or Swift's concerts. 

You must've always been surrounded by people trying to befriend you. I wonder what high school was like for you? A bit like Mean Girls' 'you can't sit with us' and all that attitude?
Nothing like that. I went to Hogwarts, remember? Harry was an arsehole though...

What did you get up to when you were not making spells then?
I definitely had a lot of friends and we spent time doing things other people didn't. I loved hanging out in music school. I spent a lot of time on the computer, making films for friends. I definitely was a class clown. I was very distracting.

You are a model, designer, musician and an actress — any more hidden talents?
There is not much left in my talent basket. I'm actually a good magician. If all fails I might join the circus. Also, I love bread baking.

Do you actually eat bread?
I do, but I can gain weight easily. Trust me. It doesn't take a lot.

Do you diet at all?
Of course I do. For Suicide Squad, I'm meant to be a goddess. Ripped, as they say. So I've been doing a lot of training. I have to eat a lot of protein and vegetables. No carbs.

How does it feel to be on that diet?
Very boring. But again I would do anything for a good role, except for probably plucking my eyebrows.

What do you think is more difficult — to break into the modelling or film industry? 
They are both pretty f**king hard to get into. As for modelling, I felt like because I didn't give a shit at all, that's why people wanted to hire me. I think it's ridiculous how many people want to be models and are so desperate about it. The fact that they are so eager makes them far less appealing. Also in modelling, I feel like there are so many models — they will use you once and you can be gorgeous but no one will ever ask you back again. Acting is like, once you are in, you are in. You are used and get picked up a lot more, if you are good.

You're so strongly associated with Britishness. How easy was it to play an American in Paper Towns?
I love accents so I started my prepping there. In the film I wanted to make it as natural as I could, so I kept my accent when I wasn't on set — which for my family and friends was very weird. I started dreaming in American. I would wake up and think in an American accent.

Was that scary?
I started having very weird dreams actually. Like I'm in a dark desert with a lot of tumbleweed and my teeth were falling out.

That's a very strange dream...
But I thought it was so American!

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At some point, Margo says that she might have cultivated her image. Is that something you do consciously or have you already done so?
I'm not trying to cultivate a fantasy. I told my fans or anyone who thinks they want to be me, that this 'being Cara Delevingne' kind of fantasy is completely false. I'm no better than anyone else, I'm as human as anyone. I kind of try to get rid of it as much as possible. 

What about the whole wild image of yours? That 'rock chick-model' kind of girl, where did she come from?
I play music, I like leather. There you have it. What else can I say? I'm wild, but more feral than wild. I don't like to be caged.

Who else inspires you apart from Hillary Clinton?
If we talk about modelling, then probably Kate Moss. Acting wise, there are a lot of people's careers I want to emulate. Meryl Streep is an incredible actress, so are Dames Judi Dench and Helen Mirren. I would love to be able to act when I'm their age as well.

Have you auditioned for any great roles you didn't get?
The first one I did it was Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. I was 16 and I thought I was made to be Alice. That was my first taste of rejection. It took me so long to get over that. I didn't watch the film because I was so upset that I hadn't got a part. When I finally watched it, I disliked Mia Wasikowska because I was so upset. I'm a very bad loser. Later there were many other parts I didn't get but I was like, "Thank God, I didn't get this one, I wasn't perfect for it!" These days when when I go for a role I automatically think of three people I know, who would be better at it. Silly me, sometimes I would actually tell this to the director. 

Do you have a dream role?
I'd love to play in a movie which is set in the future. Like the first female Formula-1 champion or the first female US president, which will hopefully happen soon.

Paper Towns is currently showing in Cathay and Golden Village.