Monday 24 June 2019

Jack: Cara knocked my socks off

Jack O'Connell at the premiere of his film '71 during the BFI London Film Festival
Jack O'Connell at the premiere of his film '71 during the BFI London Film Festival

Jack O'Connell has said Cara Delevingne "knocked his socks off" with her performance in new film Tulip Fever.

The Starred Up actor met model Cara, 24, when they worked together on the upcoming period drama and they are now rumoured to be dating.

Jack - who is currently winning rave review for his performance as a British soldier in new drama '71 - insisted Cara needed no help or advice when it came to breaking into acting.

He said: "I didn't really need to [advise her]. She knocked my socks off with the work that she did on that set. In fact, she helped me by turning up and just doing it. I'm excited for it, Tulip Fever. I think that's another integral piece of work, that I look forward to seeing."

The 24-year-old British actor - who previously dated Tulisa Contostavlos and stars in Angelina Jolie's new directorial project Unbroken - won rave reviews for his performance as a young offender behind bars in Starred Up last year.

In '71 he plays disorientated British soldier Gary, who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971.

Jack admitted it was a real challenge to play such a different, reserved character.

He said: "Two weeks prior to playing Gary I was running around the prison in Belfast itself, playing Eric Love (his character in Starred Up) who was very outspoken.

"So I needed Yann (Demange, the director). He reminded me of the confinements we were working in.

"I think there's a lot to be said for people who don't say much, ironically.

"I was fascinated as to whether I would be able to achieve it. We had to figure out his reasons why, and so I just assumed he was a doer, rather than a sayer."

Jack O'Connell can be seen in '71 in cinemas now.

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