Cara Delevingne may make transitioning from supermodel to movie star look easy, but she assures you it’s anything but!
The star of the upcoming The Face Of An Angel told Time Out that as soon as she began supporting her acting ambitions with modeling, she hit a ceiling.
A big glass one. She explained:
“The first time I did Fashion Week, I was like: Right, I might as well give up on acting because I’m screwed. And as soon as I became a model, I was being sent typecasting roles as the stupid blonde who gets killed really quickly, or the sexy girlfriend, or whatever. Roles I would rather die than play. I was ready to give up on it. Or not give up, but take a break. When I finally got a serious role to audition for, I cried on the phone, I was so happy. Not even a film, just an audition.”
Ugh, so lame! We’re happy Cara had enough strength to break free of the typecasting!
But her fight wasn’t over once she started getting movie roles! The sexism was just beginning! She lamented:
“And every movie I’ve done I’ve had to fight for lines and fight for point of view. Usually it’s a male director, male producers. It’s all very much a man’s point of view. I speak up and say ‘Girls don’t do that,’ or ‘That’s not something a girl would say in that situation.’ It’s about how men perceive women and it’s not accurate, and it annoys me! I don’t think people speak up enough. Even if I’m wrong, even if I get shut down, I know that I’ve done my part to get a woman’s voice out there. It’s important that when girls watch movies they’ve got strong female role models.”
Heck yeah, gurl! Never stop fighting!
It’s just that kind of attitude that got Cara her next big role! She said:
“Right now I’m playing a super villain [Enchantress in the upcoming Suicide Squad]. I don’t want to take roles that don’t make me want to cry or don’t inspire me. I want to feel that I would pay a lot of money to play the role that I’m playing.”
And with any luck people will pay a lot of money to see it!
Maybe THAT’s something the men running things can understand at least!
[Image via Lia Toby/WENN.]