‘Pa­per Towns’ Delev­ingne on ‘joy ride’ from mod­el­ling to Hol­ly­wood

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY MICHAEL CI­DONI LEN­NOX THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cara Delev­ingne wants you to know she didn’t strut di­rectly from the fash­ion run­way onto Hol­ly­wood movie sets.

The Bri­tish model wasn’t hand-picked by stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives for her lead role in “Pa­per Towns,” which opened this past week­end. She won the part af­ter an au­di­tion process that in­cluded 100 other ac­tresses.

“Cara killed it in the chem­istry read. We all knew as soon as she walked in,” co-star Nat Wolff said in a re­cent in­ter­view.

“I killed all the other ac­tresses that went up for the role,” Delev­ingne joked, laugh­ing along­side Wolff.

The 22-year-old may no longer need to be quite so ag­gres­sive in Hol­ly­wood. She ap­pears in four more films ex­pected to be re­leased this year, in­clud­ing “Pan.”

“The whole thing has been a joy ride. This is my dream so I’m kind of fol­low­ing it now,” she said. “I don’t feel like I’m stop­ping mod­el­ing. It’s just def­i­nitely slow­ing down and so I’m just happy to be do­ing this.”

In “Pa­per Towns,” adapted from John Green’s pop­u­lar young adult novel, Delev­ingne plays the enig­matic Margo, who wran­gles Wolff ’s char­ac­ter into an all­night ad­ven­ture, then dis­ap­pears.

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