With over 15 million(!) followers on Instagram and a little over 3 mill on Twitter, Cara Delevingne is undeniably a social media force to be reckoned with. She’s a powerhouse who can model, play instruments, and act; but while others like her would filter posts to come off a certain way, we all know that the bushy-browed lady’s buzz-worthy grams are as real as it gets... that doesn't stop people from judging her though. “Cara is so good in the role because like Margo, she understands how frustrating it is to have people making broad conclusions about you based on very limited information,” says Paper Towns author John Green. Is Cara just portraying herself in the movie? Find out as the supermodel talks about the film - and her crazy antics - below. As of press time, none of them involved bacon.
Do you identify with Margo?
“Yes of course. I was nothing like her at the age that she is in the story; she is 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 is having fun and causing chaos (laughs). 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 is very opinionated and so am I. 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.”
Can you describe her relationship with Q (her leading man)?
“She doesn’t really see who Q is. She’s the opposite of him, because he plans everything and she lives in the moment. She can see that he is doing everything for his life in the future, which she thinks is stupid. He is not enjoying himself right now. She has known Q for a long time, since they were children, but she has no real reason to get him back in her life … until she needs his help. Then when they get together, she wants to change him and make him realize that he does not have to act like an old man. She wants him to see that he is a teenager. Doing this film reminded me how young I am and that I am still a kid at heart, we all are.”
Was there any particular scene that stood out for you?
“One of my favorite 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. Watching a car getting wrapped in cellophane from head to toe and then spray-painting all over it was fun, and hanging out in a supermarket until four in the morning was great. We 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.”
In the movie, Q and Margo’s other classmates put Margo on a pedestal and idealize her. Do you relate to that yourself because of the way your fans treat you?
“I do and I think that happens a lot to boys and girls, no matter what age you are. You think someone is a certain way because of what you see from the outside and then you get to know them better and you're like: ‘oh, I was wrong, that is not who they are.’ I remember having idols when I was younger whom I thought were amazing, then meeting them it was always such a let down. A lot of people like to project their ideas of who they think Margo is onto her, which I guess people do to me too. The difference is that I'm a public figure and she's a girl in high school.”
You are so charismatic on screen. Does acting come naturally?
“I don’t try to have charisma. When I am acting, it’s not something I am forcing. I am just being Margo.. I have always been very over dramatic! I know that when I look at myself on the screen I do not like what I see. I can’t watch myself, I am my own biggest critic.”
What can audiences look forward to in Paper Towns?
“I think in so many ways it's going to be one of those films like THE BREAKFAST CLUB (the 1995 John Hughes film) 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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This interview has been condensed and edited.