Monday 17 June 2019

Cara Delevingne denies Instagram stardom won her Paper Towns film role

Actress Cara Delevingne poses with a fan at the premiere of Paper Towns in New York (AP)
Actress Cara Delevingne poses with a fan at the premiere of Paper Towns in New York (AP)
Musician Annie Clark aka St Vincent attends the premiere of Paper Towns in New York (AP)

Supermodel Cara Delevingne rejected suggestions she won her latest film role because of her social media stardom as she swapped the runway for the red carpet at the movie's premiere.

The British star was met by deafening screams from crowds of teenage girls as she arrived for the New York premiere of Paper Towns, a big screen adaptation of the book of the same name.

Delevingne, 22, has more than 15 million followers on Instagram and frequently posts photos and videos of herself with famous friends including singers Taylor Swift and Rihanna, as well as models Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid.

Dressed in a slashed, gold sequinned Yves Saint Laurent dress, Delevingne told the Press Association: "I work really hard and I don't want anyone to ever think that this is a fluke or I got this because of my social media presence.

"For me, if I got this part or I'm acting because of what I have on social media, I don't want to do it."

Delevingne's reported girlfriend, singer St Vincent, also walked the red carpet at the film premiere and when asked how her partner had influenced her, the model said: "Love is inspiring."

She added: "True love comes in every form, whether it's what you do, whether it's whether you love yourself. True love is one of the most important things, it's what makes the world go round."

Delevingne, who was named Model of the Year at the 2014 British Fashion Awards, was also supported at the premiere by catwalk companions Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls.

The aspiring singer revealed she became very emotional when she learnt she won the part in Paper Towns, which was written by the same author as hit book and film The Fault In Our Stars.

"I've wanted to act since I was a child so living your dream is very emotional," she said.

"The whole film was a dream so the worst part was having to finish it."

Delevingne is currently filming DC Comic movie Suicide Squad but said she would like to portray real people in the future.

"I would love to play someone like Gloria Steinem or the first female Formula One driver, somebody in the future or in the past," she said.

Paper Towns is released in UK cinemas on August 17.

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