‘Paper Towns’ Author John Green Pens Fantastic Essay About That Cara Delevingne Interview
John Green, the author of Paper Towns, would like to have a word with us about that time
Carla Cara Delevingne appeared on Good Day Sacramento. And we owe it to Delevingne to listen to what he has to say.
Green, who wrote the book on which the movie Paper Towns is based, penned a home run of an essay about the viral Good Day Sacramento interview and the public’s response to it. You can and should read it in full at the source, but we’ve excerpted a few of the highlights below:
I am friends with Cara, and the author of the book in question. I spent more than a month with her on tour in Europe and the U.S., and I watched as again and again, she was asked this question. Cara has read the book (multiple times), but the question is annoying — not least because her male costar, Nat Wolff, was almost always asked when he’d read the book, while Cara was almost always asked if she’d read it.
Point: Cara and John! Because it’s pretty damn ridiculous and beyond insulting to ask the star of a movie if she’s read the book on which the movie is based. Especially since her male co-star is not being asked the same thing. (Also, please recall: the anchors didn’t even say Delevingne’s name correctly. Her first name. They called her Carla. And she’s the rude one?)
Green spends some time talking about the banality, repetition, and general strangeness of working the press circuit — again, the whole thing is worth reading, so go do it! — but he gets back to Delevingne at the end:
Cara, however, refuses to stick to the script. She refuses to indulge lazy questions and refuses to turn herself into an automaton to get through long days of junketry. I don’t find that behavior entitled or haughty. I find it admirable. Cara Delevingne doesn’t exist to feed your narrative or your news feed — and that’s precisely why she’s so fucking interesting.
Delevingne tweeted about the interview several times since it aired and has even acknowledged Green’s essay:
So clearly, she needs no help standing up for herself. Still, it’s always nice to have a friend in your corner. And Green seems like a very good friend to have, indeed.