Cara Delevingne’s modelling career had a detrimental effect on her acting because she kept “trying to look hot” in scenes.
The 27-year-old became known for walking the runway and fronting advertising campaigns for fashion brands like Chanel before she made her acting debut in 2012’s Anna Karenina, in which she played minor character Princess Sorokina.
But in a new interview with Elle U.K. magazine, Cara admitted the lessons she learned during her modelling career had a detrimental effect on her acting, because the film’s director Joe Wright kept having to remind her to be natural and in the moment.
“Honestly, fashion really f**ked me when it came to acting. When I did my first film – Anna Karenina, which I didn’t have a speaking part in – every time I was on screen, the director would come up to me and say, ‘Cara, you’re modelling again. Stop trying to look pretty,'” she recalled. “I was an extra with 60 other people on screen at the time. I was like, ‘But what do you mean?’ And he’d tell me, ‘You’re not in the moment, you’re just trying to look hot.’ I never thought I did that. Modelling makes you know where the camera is at all times, and you have to forget that when you’re acting.”
Cara has since appeared in films such as Paper Towns, Suicide Squad, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and is currently starring in TV series Carnival Row.
She stepped away from modelling because of her mental health and shared during the interview that, at one stage, the only thing she liked about herself was seeing billboards of her “looking pretty” in campaigns.
“Modelling fuelled this thing where pictures of me looking pretty were the only things I liked about myself,” the actress candidly admitted. “Take that away, and take the billboards away, and there was nothing left. It’s not that I thought I was pretty – the person on the billboard was pretty. It became a f**ked-up way to look at the world.”
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