Cara Delevingne, the 22-year-old British $10,000-a-day supermodel, who can be seen in campaigns for DKNY, Burberry, Topshop, Chanel, Zara and Victoria’s Secret, to name a few, has declared her intention that acting is what she really wants to do.
In a snippet by NY Post’s Page Six, Delevingne is quoted as saying: “It’s what I’m gonna do for the rest of my life.” She and her sister, Poppy, were attending a bash last week for the New York Topshop and Topman Fifth Avenue flagship store grand opening, when she made her proclamation.
The highest paid model in the world, who has an estimated net worth of $145 million, Delevingne currently has roles in at least five upcoming films, including ‘Pan,’ with Hugh Jackman, which is in post-production at the moment. She also appeared in ‘Anna Karenina’ in 2012, which starred Keira Knightley and Jude Law.
She has talked about getting out of modeling before, quoted on her IMDb page as saying: “I want to make music, I want to act, I want to sing, I want to do something that doesn’t make my skin erupt. I like fashion, but I love, love, love music and film; they are my two passions. I would love to pursue my acting and my love of music more than anything. That’s what I’ve wanted to do my whole life, just act. When I was younger, I loved to entertain people. I always used to make up dance routines, do little plays. I love to perform, basically.”
It’s not that she dislikes modeling, she explains: “If I am able to carry on modeling, I’ll be very happy to, but my passion is definitely in music and acting. I would love to do what Meryl Streep is doing. Her or Judi Dench, or maybe Charlize Theron as well. What bothers me, I guess, is when I get these messages from girls on Twitter, and they’re like, ‘God, you’re my idol, I really admire you.’ It’s like, ‘Admire me for what? What have I done?’ It’s not that being in a Burberry campaign, or walking in a Chanel show is nothing. It’s just…I know I can do more.”
Comparisons with other models-turned actresses are inevitable, and until Delevingne (hopefully) proves herself, cynics and critics and the movie-going public in general seem to think we may have another Kate Upton on our hands. We shall see.