Cara Delevingne is a rising star in Hollywood. But while she is still considered a neophyte in the film industry, Delevingne can hardly be considered new to being in the spotlight. Before landing a breakout role for the 2015 film Paper Towns, Cara had been working as a model for years, earning her the distinction as this generation’s Kate Moss. The 23-year-old British actress still considers herself a model, but if her interview with W Magazine is any indication, acting is now her main passion.
Last year was a landmark one for Delevingne in terms of her acting career, but 2016 is slated to become her biggest year yet, what with her being cast as Dr. June Moone (aka Enchantress) in the upcoming superhero (or rather supervillain) movie, Suicide Squad.
During her W Magazine interview, Cara talked about the bizarre manner with which she got the Enchantress role.
“I met the director, David Ayer, at a hotel in London on a dark and stormy night. He didn’t tell me anything about the movie,” Cara told the magazine. “Instead, he showed me pictures of these amazing, enlightened, powerful, but very evil women. He spoke to me about addiction and mental illness, which are things I find very, very interesting.”
It’s just as well that Cara finds addiction and mental illness interesting, given that the character she’s playing is a shy scientist by day and a seductive psychopath by night. As such, her second meeting with David Ayer took an even more bizarre turn, as the audition involved getting naked out in the woods and howling like a wolf at night. In the audition, Ayer asked Cara to read a scene from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a play that she acted in when she was 17-years-old.
“Somehow, when we were doing the scene, I became livid. I hadn’t felt rage like that in years. And then I got the part!” Delevingne said, adding, “There still wasn’t a script, but David asked me to go and try and find a forest and, if it was a full moon, get naked and walk through the woods with my feet in the mud, which I did. There wasn’t a full moon, but I howled like a wolf. It would have been really funny if someone had seen me.”
Even at an early age, Cara already had the makings of an actress, not to mention her fondness for putting on costumes.
“When I was a kid, I always wanted to be other people,” Cara said. “I went through different stages: I was a few Spice Girls for a while—first Baby, then Sporty, and then Ginger. I was never Posh, because she wore little black dresses, and I didn’t want to be that kind of girl. Beyond that, I only dreamed of being male superheroes. Spider-Man, especially, had a cool costume and cool toys. There were not many strong superhero-type women, apart from Wonder Woman—but I didn’t want to be a five-year-old running around in, like, a bikini.”
Cara is already playing dress-up to her heart’s content in the filming of Suicide Squad. To describe Enchantress as feral is not just an understatement, it’s also limiting. For one, Enchantress is a study in contradictions, so much so that it more than warrants her a membership in the gang of sociopathic villains that make up the roster of Suicide Squad. As such, Cara was cast in a stellar lineup of actors, including Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Will Smith (Deadshot), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Adam Beach (Christopher Weiss / Slipknot), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), and Jared Leto (Joker).
Suicide Squad is set for cinematic release on August 5.
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