每日英語跟讀 Ep.929: Top Model’s Priorities Have Shifted to Acting
“There was a point in my life where I literally lived through a camera.”
Cara Delevingne, a confident tangle of lanky limbs and messy hair, tattoos and ripped black jeans, arched her eyebrows and popped her eyes wide as she excitedly described her habit of filming her meteoric, globe-trotting rise. “Watching Lars Ulrich play a Metallica show from behind the drum kit! Or doing tequila shots with Whitney Houston just before she died! When I get older, I’m going to go through that footage and have the best time, because I probably won’t remember much of it.”
Now, the unfiltered Ms. Delevingne, at 22 the reigning “It” Brit supermodel, is planting her Union Jack in Hollywood with a much-coveted part in “Paper Towns,” the second film based on a novel by John Green, whose “The Fault in Our Stars“ became a $300 million hit worldwide.
You don’t have to be one of Ms. Delevingne’s more than 15 million Instagram followers to see why she was a good fit for the role of the rebellious teenager Margo Roth Spiegelman. In “Paper Towns,” the character is described by her neighborhood admirer as “arguably the most gorgeous creature God had ever created,” a girl “whose life is a series of unbelievably epic adventures.” Ms. Delevingne has been a professionally gorgeous model for Burberry and other brands, an angel for Victoria’s Secret, and the windswept cover girl of the July issue of Vogue.
Already, the Variety critic Justin Chang has raved that Ms. Delevingne is “the real find of the film” and that “on the evidence of her work here, this striking actress is here to stay.”
Margo’s creator, John Green, wrote via email that the actress “captured the disconnect” between the image that Quentin, the neighbor played by Nat Wolff, had of Margo and the image she had of herself. “She understands better than anyone I’ve ever known what it’s like to have people look at you and think they know you when in fact almost no one is actually listening to you,” he said.
Ms. Delevingne was raised in a privileged but hardly picture-perfect family in London. Joan Collins is her godmother. Her father, Charles, is a successful real estate developer. Her mother, Pandora, is working on a memoir about her long-term heroin addiction.
“I went through so much therapy as a kid, and I hated it, and because you get so used to saying the same thing over and over again, it just becomes a story,” she said, adding later: “I always wanted to act, from when I was 4 years old. When I was younger, I hated myself, so I preferred being other people.”
Ms. Delevingne made her modeling debut in a Vogue Italia shoot at the age of 10 in 2003, signed with the prestigious Storm Model Management in 2009 and took home Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2012 and 2014.
“Modeling was never a dream of mine,” Ms. Delevingne said.
In her first screen role, as a princess in “Anna Karenina” (2012), Ms. Delevingne said she spent hours getting into hair and makeup for the shot. “Then the director comes up and says: ‘Stop modeling. And stop trying to look pretty.’ ”
Ms. Delevingne had supporting roles in “London Fields,” “Pan,” “The Face of an Angel,” “Tulip Fever” and “Kids in Love.” She has booked her next lead in Luc Besson’s big-budget science-fiction “Valerian” and has recently been playing the supervillain Enchantress in David Ayer’s DC Comics 2016 tent pole “Suicide Squad.”
Ms. Delevingne formalized her move away from fashion by parting ways with Storm Model Management. She will selectively continue to model. “I love saying no,” she said. “Before, I didn’t, and it took a huge toll on my health.”
Ms. Delevingne said she hoped to follow in the footsteps of Charlize Theron, who also began her career as a model. “People can put you in whatever box: model, whatever,” she said. “But if I just keep going and actually do it well, which I hope I can, then I hope people will give me more movies – and I’ll win an Oscar!”
With that, Ms. Delevingne smiled serenely. Then she leaned back, rolled her eyes, and stuck out her tongue.
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