by Ryley Gregorie
Cara Delevingne has become a ubiquitous figure in pop culture. Her signature brows and goofy facial expressions are inescapable, appearing in magazines, campaigns, runway shows, tumblr gifs – and, most recently, the movie theater big screen. In 2015 Cara will appear in Pan, London Fields, Kids in Love, Tulip Fever, and the film adaptation of John Green’s 2008 bestseller, Paper Towns. It’s safe to say the face of Burberry has officially made the transition into acting, which she says has in fact been a longtime goal.
At age ten, Cara made her modeling debut in Italian Vogue, and has since walked many a runway and been featured in a slew of campaigns for various luxury brands including Burberry, Chanel, and Mulberry. While she loves modeling, she confesses that acting is her true passion. “I think modeling kind of chose me; it’s never what I expected. I always wanted to be an actress,” she explained recently in an interview with Ross King.
Growing up, Cara begged her parents for an agent so she could be on Disney Channel like Miley Cyrus. At 17, she sent in a tape for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. While she met with Burton, she was not ultimately cast. As a result, she decided to throw herself into modeling, which she sees as its own form of adopting roles.
Once successful in the modeling industry, it became easier for Cara to break into film – but don’t assume she’s landing roles merely based on name recognition. She began taking on minor parts in films such as the 2012 adaptation of Anna Karenina. In the case of Paper Towns, John Green says he was initially hesitant to consider her for the film’s female lead. However, once she auditioned he was blown away, telling People Magazine, “She understands Margo Roth Spiegelman better than anyone I’ve ever met in my life. Who knows better than Cara what it’s like to have people look at a two-dimensional image of you and make broad conclusions? That’s what Paper Towns is about, and she embodies that character brilliantly.”
Cara’s character, Margo Roth Spiegelman, is the gorgeous, adventurous, and enigmatic girl-next-door who Quentin (Nat Wolff) has had a crush on since childhood. Margo recruits Quentin on a spontaneous all-night adventure, only to disappear the next day. It’s then up to Quentin and his friends to embark on a road trip following clues Margo left behind in an attempt to find her.
Paper Towns debuts July 24, and like The Fault in our Stars, it will undoubtedly be a summer hit. As Cara’s first starring role, its reception is sure to impact her career trajectory. In the meantime, she continues to juggle modeling and acting, attending Burberry fashion shows while filming a new movie, The Suicide Brigade. Who knows what’s next for Cara – music perhaps?