Poppy Delevingne acts the part
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.”
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