Top talent Cara Delevingne is styled by J Errico in Dior, Max Mara, Loewe, Tod’s, Versace and more for ‘Cara Delevingne Bares All’ — and she does. Thomas Whiteside is behind the lens for Marie Claire US September 2019.
Cara’s upcoming project is the Amazon series ‘Carnival Row’, premiering August 30. Humans, fairies and other mystical creatures coexist in a Victorian city where a serial killer is on the loose. With a government that turns a blind eye to the deaths of its lower class citizens, Rycroft Philostrate, a war-hardened investigator, is the only person willing to stop the murders and maintain the fragile peace. But when Vignette Stonemoss, a faerie refugee, turns up in the Burgue, she forces Philo to reckon with a past he's tried to forget.
Nativist politicians stoking xenophobic rage over the arrival of refugees—all supernatural creatures—from distant war-torn lands sounds like a theatrical vision of Trumplandia.
Carnival Row Trailer (2019)
Costar Orlando Bloom says that Delevingne is perfect for the part. “Vignette is this feisty, vibrant, strong, independent go-getter. ...All of Cara’s personal characteristics played beautifully into the role.”
Delevingne calls the show “the first [thing] I’ve done where I’m really full-blown acting.” The role was taxing; fairies fly, which meant she had to master wirework. Cara cut herself no slack on learning the stunts or accepting a body double. “If I hadn’t done them, I wouldn’t have been able to get there emotionally. Physicality to me is a very important way of expressing emotions.” In real life, the actor channels Fiona Apple or Lauryn Hill to just “throw myself around and cry. They scream and you just feel it.” For effect, Cara grabs her neck and moans. “Just that raw female ahhhh!”
Cara Delevigne’s been open about her own struggles to main mental balance, after her public, loving, high-profile with problems upbringing.
At age 15, “everything I hadn’t dealt with bubbled up to the surface.” Delevingne says, reflecting on her mental breakdown. “I had no coping skills. Instead of being able to breathe or take a moment, I tried to smash my head into a tree to knock myself out.”
Meds saved her by numbing her, but work became a major outlet. “Work to me was such an escape. I don’t like using it that way anymore. I want to use it as a platform, where I’m not just running from my problems.”
Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld was one of Delevingne’s champions—a “best friend, father, grandfather, fairy godmother, like Peter Pan.” Joining Kate Moss, Alessandro Michele, and Takashi Murakami, Cara shares news of “A Tribute to Karl: The White Shirt Project”—designing white shirts that will be sold to benefit French charity Sauver la Vie, which funds medical research.
Felsenthal shares shares a vision of Delevingne singing with London friend Will Heard om a room full of strangers. Does she ever get intimidated? I asked back in L.A. “I think at this point,” Delevingne replied, “being intimidated is a waste of time.”
Read lots more of this juicy interview, with appearances by girlfriend Ashley Benson, at Marie Claire.