Cara Delevingne Doesn’t Think She Would Be a Supermodel If It Were the ’90s

Cara Delevingne stuns as Wall Street Journal magazine’s June 2015 cover girl, and makes somewhat surprising confessions about fame and her career as an actress that will pull at your heartstrings.

Though we know her as an ambitious actress and model today (Delevingne is starring in John Green’s upcoming film Paper Towns and is in the midst of filming the highly anticipated movie Suicide Squad), the 22-year-old asserted, “I don’t want to be that cliché: model-slash-actress.”

She also revealed that in the beginning of her career, “I basically gave up on acting, because trying to get an agent was impossible. Everyone said, ‘You’re just a model.’ ” That didn’t get her down from succeeding though, as she added, “once I had my mind set that I was going to do this modeling thing, I really wanted to beat it, if that makes sense. Win it.”

As for her role as free-spirited Margot in Paper Towns (for which she beat out over 200 other actresses), director Jake Schreier said, “Cara needed to hit these moments where we could see beneath the veneer…There was a realness—it didn’t feel like she was acting. On a global scale, Cara is a version of Margo. People project all these fantasies on her.”

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Although she has landed some of the biggest campaigns of all time (Burberry, Chanel, the covers of Vogue), Delevingne said about fashion, “I ended up feeling a bit empty. Fashion is about what’s on the outside, and that’s it. There’s no searching, it’s just creating pretty things.”

The eclectic model, who also boasts an Instagram following of 12.7 million, is well documented in the tabloids whether it’s in regards to her friendships or her relationships (she’s rumored to be dating St. Vincent), something that she considers to be an aggravating downside of fame.

“It’s horrible living in a world where I’ll get a call from someone saying, So-and-so says you were partying a lot and you were looking this way and you need to lose weight. It makes me so angry. If you don’t want to hire me, don’t hire me.”

And even she admits that part of her charm and success is owed to her following on social media. “I wouldn’t have done as well if I hadn’t had that. Not at all,” she says. “In the ’90s, I wouldn’t have been a supermodel.”

Acting-wise, she says that her 2012 (nonspeaking) role in Anna Karenina was the impetus for her acting career: “I was so lucky, because if I hadn’t done Anna Karenina, I wouldn’t have gotten anything.”

Now that she’s older, she explains she practices yoga and has found inner peace, remarking “I used to be in a constant state of panic and anxiety and have far too many voices in my head,” she says. “I suddenly realized I’m peaceful inside, and I’ve never had that. Even when I was growing up.”

She also added, “I was a terrifying child. I looked like Chucky with bleach-blond hair. I had night terrors, and I would go around the house turning on all the lights and screaming like people were being murdered.”

Delevingne currently has a busy schedule, and several more upcoming films under her belt such as PanTulip Fever, and London Fields. For now, you can follow her on Instagram here.

Check out her WSJ shoot in the gallery above and read her entire WSJ magazine interview here.

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