Poppy Delev­ingne acts the part

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page - Annabel Hen­nessy

POPPY Delev­ingne is fol­low­ing in her younger sis­ter Cara’s foot­steps – declar­ing she is “done” with mod­el­ling and wants to be known as an ac­tor in­stead of a so­cialite.

The 31-year- old Bri­tish ‘it’ girl­turned-fash­ion in­flu­encer said mod­el­ling “felt like a dis­tant mem­ory” after turn­ing her hand to act­ing in Na­tional Geo­graphic’s new se­ries Ge­nius: Pi­casso.

In her first ma­jor act­ing role in a TV se­ries, she stars along­side An­to­nio Ban­deras as Pi­casso’s muse and lover Marie-Therese Wal­ter.

“I think now that I’ve done some­thing where I don’t die in the first 10 min­utes I’ve re­ally be­come bit­ten by the bug, so to speak, and I would love to just con­tinue act­ing,” she tells TV Guide.

“It’s kind of ex­tra­or­di­nary tak­ing on a new job when you’re 30 and you’ve been do­ing some­thing so long ... sud­denly it’s like first day at school. It’s in­tim­i­dat­ing and nerve-rack­ing.”

Like her sis­ter Cara (who counts Joan Collins as her god­mother and has film cred­its in­clud­ing Anna Karen­ina and Pan), Delev­ingne says she felt out of place in the mod­el­ling world.

“I’ve wanted to act since I was a teenager and then I sort of started mod­el­ling,” she says.

“Back in those days I thought the two could go hand-in-hand quite hap­pily and you could do both. Turns out that’s not the case at all and it’s re­ally hard as a model to break into the act­ing scene be­cause of­ten di­rec­tors don’t take you se­ri­ously ... you re­ally have to try and prove your­self.”

Not com­fort­able in the fash­ion world, she says: “I never re­ally sort of felt like I be­longed, I was al­ways that model who would sort- of walk on set and trip over the light­ing and fall flat on my face.”

The so­cialite tag also ir­rates: “It slightly un­der­mines any­thing that I have ever done... I can’t wait to the day when it’s Poppy Delev­ingne ac­tor, not so­cialite. It’s a noth­ing word.”

GE­NIUS: PI­CASSO

7.30PM, TUES­DAY, FOX­TEL’S NA­TIONAL GEO­GRAPHIC

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