Cara Delevingne Discusses Her Role in Movie Paper Towns

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Cara Delevingne is 22 years old and one of the most recognizable faces in the world.  In addition to her huge successes in fashion, she has a burgeoning and exciting acting career – with five films due for release.  She is also an influential voice in the world of social media, amassing over 10 million followers on her Instagram. In 2012, Delevingne made her film debut in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina alongside Keira Knightley.

Upcoming, she has Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September, starring Kate Beckinsale and Daniel Bruhl, Joe Wright’s Pan starring Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara and Garrett Hedlund,  Matthew Cullen’s London Fields with Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Sturgess, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, Chris Foggin’s Kids in Love opposite Will Poulter, Alma Jodorowsky and Sebastian de Souza, and Justin Chadwick’s Tulip Fever alongside Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz and Jack O’Connell. She will also begin production for DC Comics’ Suicide Squad later this year. Delevingne and her Paper Towns co-star Nat Wolff recently won the Rising Stars of 2015 Award at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Looking stunning in a grey and white striped Roland Mouret sweater, and navy blue mini skirt with black ankle boots, the actress sat down in Los Angeles to discuss Paper Towns and her blossoming career.

What’s it like when you found out you had won the role of Margo?

I can’t explain to you how excited I was. I was in love with the book by John Green and with the character of Margo. I auditioned and it was a dream role for me; it meant so much to me. But I didn’t ever think I would get it. I doubt myself constantly. I don’t like to expect anything out of life because then I’m never disappointed. So when I got the call saying I had the part, I freaked out. It was one of the best days of my life and I didn’t stop raving about it for a long time. I was actually by myself in a hotel room and I ran around the room throwing things up in the air and screaming into pillows. Someone from the hotel called to check if I was okay – it was pretty funny. Then I worried that I wouldn’t do the role well enough.

Was there any particular scene that stood out for you?  

One of my favourite bits of the film was the prank night, when Margo takes Q all over town to get revenge on her boyfriend. I had to do my own stunts. I got to climb up a massive tree and into a window; it was such fun. So was watching a car getting wrapped in cellophane from bonnet to boot, and then spray-painting all over it, and hanging out in a supermarket until four in the morning. We also did lots of funny things like playing hide-and-seek. Every single prank was hysterical. Making the film was one of the best experiences of my life. It was almost too much fun. We all cried when it was over, and I miss everyone every day.

Margo is an intriguing character; how did you imagine her?

She’s an extremely free spirit. She can’t be caged in by her parents or by anyone. She creates explosions without realising the damage she’s doing. Like an animal, she survives on instinct, goes with what she knows, and hopes for the best.

Do you identify with her?  

Yes, of course. I was nothing like her at the age that she is in the story; she’s a lot more mature than I was. But I do identify with Margo a lot; in terms of the way she is living in the present and not really thinking about the future, and just doing what seems right at the time. I also identify with the way she’s having fun and causing chaos. I never try to cause chaos and nor does Margo. She creates a strong reaction all around her without even meaning to do that. She’s very opinionated and so am I. She’s a bit of a leader and an individual, who’s on her own wavelength and isn’t following anyone else’s rules. Margo doesn’t know who she is and that’s the best bit about her; she is on a road of discovery trying to figure out who she is. She’s not about to let anyone stop her from doing that.

She’s also brave, isn’t she?

Margo is fearless and I’m pretty fearless too. I love adventures more than anything and I’m all about having experiences. I don’t like to think about things, I just do them.

Now, why do you think Margo runs away and vanishes; is she a little lost?

I think everyone’s a bit lost. Everyone’s kind of pretending to know what they’re doing, but no one really does know what they’re doing. In a way, I think Margo is just trying to be dramatic rather than actually running away. She always wanted to leave and break away from that bubble she was living in. But at the end of the day her boyfriend cheated on her and so she was like, “You know what? I’m going to make a dramatic exit and just vanish into thin air.” It’s more about Margo carrying on her journey a long way away from everybody else.

Lastly, what can we audience look forward to?

I think in so many ways it’s going to be one of those films like The Breakfast Club that will turn into a real cult classic, because it’s so realistic and the characters are lovable. It’s got the full range of emotions without any sugar-coating:  Happiness, sadness, anger, mystery, friendship, and love.

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