What's it like to party with Cara Delevingne, the new face of Jimmy Choo?

Buro exclusive interview

Text: Jolene Khor

Not your average dinner and dance, obviously

The celebrity culture is a highly addictive medium. Our habit of consumption in this regard isn't one we're ashamed of, nor are we looking to break it anytime soon. Consider the staying power of tabloids, only now fuelled by social media. What is it about Hollywood and its tastemakers that keep us on the edge of our couch, loading, swiping, refreshing for more? Perhaps it's the X-factor they possess. It's not a science, but a certain je ne sais quoi that balances the equation that is relatable yet aspirational, girl-next-door-ism and superstardom.

Take Cara Delevingne for instance. On one hand, the English model-turned-actress has moulded the bad girl persona down to a T. Just when you think you've figured her out, she challenges the media-led stereotype with an ambitious pursuit of an acting career. Then, she bursts into light, talking goofy dance moves and her idea of a 'Dinner at Eight' real-life remake; a great reminder that like the characters she portray in film, Cara Delevingne too, should never be accused of being one-dimensional.

In a mood for candour, Delevingne kicks up her Jimmy Choos and lets her hair — and guard — down in the Big Apple. 

What is your idea of the perfect Christmas?
Friends, family, food, feast, fiesta and obviously lots of presents!

Can you describe your favourite party season outfit of all time?
I really love to dress up, and I'm not just talking about looking nice. I do like to put on a crazy outfit and be an elf or a reindeer. Or even if I just wear a nice sparkly dress with a red nose, it' something different and quirky — it's not just a normal party outfit. I like to have some sort of accessory, even if it's just horns.

Androgyny has become such a staple in stylish women's wardrobes, what is your top tip for mastering the look?
Being male or female is less 'opposite' now than it ever has been. I don't think it's necessarily about picking something that a man would wear as it is about feeling comfortable — masculine or feminine. For instance, a suit isn't necessarily masculine. It's is just about being comfortable with whatever you feel that day whether you decide to wear a ball gown or you decide to wear whatever you think a man would wear.

You're currently working on a really varied range of projects including a book, a TV series and a few different films in various stages of production. As a creative did you always want to be a polymath?
It wasn't really a decision that I made. I just think as a kid I grew up being creative and making things I really enjoyed. The thing about labels is that if you are an actress is doesn't mean that you are just an actress; that you can only be an actress, or only be a writer. I feel anyone has the right to create whatever they feel. You can have an office job, but one day want to be a painter and that's totally fine. It just depends on how your heart feels and what you want to do. I think the more people have the freedom to create whatever they want, the more people will be able to express themselves and the more art and light can be brought to the world.

Do you have any good holiday season reads?
At the moment, apart from my book [Mirror Mirror, Harper Collins], I've really enjoyed reading Esther Perel's The State of Affairs. I do also love a good holiday murder crime novel — A Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson is a good one I've read recently and Liane Moriaty's Big Little Lies.

You have three films in 2017 and already another two scheduled for 2018. How are you finding work now in comparison to when you were modelling full-time?
I feel a lot less busy only because I'm finally doing all the different things I wanted to do. When I had just one job being a model, it kind of felt quite monotonous — not in a bad way — but it was just a lot more travel and a lot more stress on me. Being able to create more and express emotions are the most important things for me, and it now doesn't feel that I'm that busy at all because I'm doing what I love.

If you could play any character in a movie that has already been released who would it be any why?
I always wanted to be Martha in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf', who is played by Elizabeth Taylor. I think I'm very much too young for the role right now, but I would love to have done that at some point. Or Julie Andrews in the 'Sound of Music'. God, I love that movie so much! 

What surprises you about acting?
How much you learn about humanity and other people, yourself and how much it reflects so many other things. And what you can portray with it. It's a really interesting craft which I am very excited to be able to do.

What is the best advice you've ever been given?
I was remembering a piece of advice that I was given by Will Smith, who said that even though we're actors — and this applies really whatever job you do — it's still important to treat yourself as though you're an athlete, especially if you work a lot and have a demanding schedule. You have to treat your body as if you were a professional athlete. Look after yourself, sleep a lot and do all the things that will help you be able to do your job to the best of your abilities.

Do you have any future career aspirations?
I would love to continue writing whether it's for a book or to make a film or a TV show. I'd love to get more behind the camera and hopefully be a director one day to give a voice to the women's stories which haven't been told — which is a lot of them. 

Tell us one thing that you've got on your bucket list.
I would love to go to every country in the world and actually go there because the world is a vast and magnificent place with so many cultures to discover and understand.

Your friend Adwoa Aboah's modelling career is really taking off. Did you give her any advice?
I am so proud of Adwoa. Not only has she had an incredible season of modelling, she's also doing so much to help girls and allowing them to have a voice about things like mental illness and addiction. Just getting young girls talking, is for me, incredibly inspiring. We both came from the same place of wanting to help teenagers because we both struggled in different ways at that point in our lives. I don't think I ever sat her down and gave her advice because she is extremely capable, but there have been times when we have both given advice to each other. 

Let's change things up a bit. What is a song guaranteed to get you on the dance floor?
I'm into 'Wild Thoughts', it's the anthem. 'Everybody Dance Now' just popped into my head. I like drums, I like a base. Any music generally. If you put on a classic tune, I'll probably dance to it. You know even if there's no music, I'll probably dance anyway. So really anything. What's really guaranteed to do it is anything '90s, old school, disco, funk. You name it.

What would be a signature dance move we might see from you?
I'm into 'The Sprinkler', or the classic 'Shopping Trolley'. Or the 'Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box'. I like a good electric slide moment put on Cameo's 'Candy' and get everyone doing the electric slide, and any of *NSYNC's moves. 

If you could have dinner with anybody who would be your dream guests?
Stephen Fry, David Attenborough, Judi Dench and Barack Obama. God, that's a fun dinner. It's next Thursday. I'll send out the invites tomorrow.

What would you cook for them?
I like finger food, so a lot of appetizers, get everything in there from all corners of the earth.

How many shoes do you own?
A lot. I do like to get one pair of shoes and wear them in and out until they are broken. I will repair them, but wear them until the end!

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