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Not a 'paper girl': Cara Delevingne

By Zaki JufriMovies - 16 July 2015 12:00 AM | Updated 6:09 PM

Not a 'paper girl': Cara Delevingne

She has, perhaps, one of the most recognisable faces in fashion… no thanks to her famous eyebrows. 

22-year-old Cara Delevingne, British Fashion Awards' Model of the Year, the face of Burberry, H&M, Chanel, La Perla and DKNY, however she's determined to prove that she's more than just a pretty face.

And going into acting is exactly how she's doing that. Not an original move, however some of the world's most successful actresses (Cameron Diaz, Rebecca Romijn, Sharon Stone) started out the same way, walking the catwalk before making their debut on the silver screen. 

And now the British supermodel with a pedigree heritage - her maternal grandmother was a lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret -  is following in their footsteps.

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Taking to acting after playing a small part in 2012's 'Anna Karenina'. Since then, Delevingne has starred in 'The Face of An Angel' (2014) and now in a starring role in an adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel, ‘Paper Towns’.

This is Green’s second book-to-film adaptation following 2014’s ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, also a number-one bestselling novel and the film, a critical and commercial success. It grossed US$307 million (S$418 million) worldwide.

“Doing this movie is huge for me. John (Green) is amazing and he has such a huge fanbase. It’s my first lead role and I hope it does well,” Delevingne told 


Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff in 'Paper Towns' | Photo: 20th Century Fox

Set in Jefferson Park, a fictional town in Orlando, Florida, the story centres on a young teenager, Quentin Jacobsen (Nat Wolff), known as Q, and his quiet obsession with Margo (Delevingne), who lives next door.

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Apart from a brief moment when they connected as children, their teenage lives have largely gone in different directions. Everything changes one night when Margo drafts Q as her partner in crime to pull off a series of revenge pranks and then disappears, leaving Q to figure out where she has gone, nursing his stirred-up emotions.

Nat Wolff, author John Green and Cara Delevingne in London | Photo: 20th Century Fox

“Fans know that it’s a crazy book. It’s not your average teen story. It has a very strange premise with a lot emotion, and the movie stays true to that. It’s also a coming of age story with a lot of teenage angst and I think people can connect to the characters in different ways,” she said, explaining the appeal of the story to its legion of fans.

Her character Margo is the archetypal popular girl in school with a restless and outsider streak like Ally Sheedy’s Alison in ‘The Breakfast Club’ -- “I used to be like her,” Delevingne said.

Casting the role of Margo wasn’t an easy task, says producer Wyck Godfrey. The role required an actress who can access her inner wild-child and poignancy but also possessing emotional vulnerability. Delevingne made the cut.

“She has incredible warmth, kindness, and a sense of fun that really comes across onscreen. What touched me the most about Cara was her ability to access how Margo has created this persona that she feels she has to live up to. Cara really tapped into that,” Godfrey said.

“I spent a lot of time discovering and learning who she was, and I hope that fans can see that,” Delevingne said. 


Cara Delevingne at the 'Paper Towns' premiere in Sydney | Photo: 20th Century Fox

One of main themes of the ‘Paper Towns’ touches on chasing dreams, for Delevingne, this movie is a dream realised.

“I felt that I stopped chasing after things because I spent so much time growing up just doing that. I’m so happy that I have and gotten everything that I’ve ever wanted. I still have goals and dreams but I want to get to them without manically chasing them,” she revealed.

After ‘Paper Towns’ she is set to appear in four other movies (‘Kids in Love’, ‘Pan’, ‘Tulip Fever’ and ‘London Fields’) due for release in the coming months, including the adaptation of DC Comics' ‘Suicide Squad’ alongside Will Smith, Jai Courtney and Margot Robbie in 2016.

‘Paper Towns’ open 23 July 2015

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