Cara Delevingne Went Through the Ringer for ‘Suicide Squad’


Cara Delevingne has quickly become one of the rising young stars in Hollywood. Mostly because the model-turned-actress seems to understand the path to get to where she wants to be. Not only is she a savant at social media, according to TIME, but she fought hard to land a role in Suicide Squad.

"Delevingne is already hugely famous, thanks to two things that are inextricably linked: her personality and her social media presence.…The last movie drawn from a John Green novel, the 2014 tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars, made $307 million at box offices worldwide. “She’s very good at the Internet,” Green says. That’s high praise coming from the author, who owes part of his success to the loyal Internet following he amassed through the YouTube channel he started with his brother in 2007. Sometimes this talent gets her into trouble—like when she posted and then deleted a video of what looked like an inebriated Reese Witherspoon struggling to pronounce her last name (it’s del-uh-veen) at a Met Gala event. But for the 15.3 million people who follow her every move online, it’s only endeared her to them."

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Her previous success didn’t mean she was a shoe-in for the role of Enchantress in Suicide Squad, though. She called the audition “lengthy, intense and infuriating”.

"Delevingne describes her audition for Suicide Squad director David Ayer as lengthy, intense and infuriating. Because he hadn’t yet written the film’s script at the time of her tryout, Ayer made Delevingne read the part of Martha from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a character Delevingne had played before in a school production. Delevingne thought she had the audition in the bag due to her experience, but Ayer quickly told her to forget everything she knew about Martha, asking her try the part so many different ways that she was ready to “beat people up” by the end of the process. “I was like, ‘Honestly, if I go outside and punch people, you’ve got to come get me out of jail because I am so furious,” she says. “He sparked a f-cking fury in me.”"

What does she think of the film now that she’s landed the role?

"[It] is going to be freakin’ awesome. I kill people with my bare hands."

Let’s just hope audiences agree.

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