Cara Delevingne reckons that modelling nearly 'f**ked' her acting career

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Cara Delevingne participates in the Amazon Prime Video "Carnival Row" panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Cara Delevingne (Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Model turned actress Cara Delevingne says the habits she picked up in her modelling career did her no favours when it came to breaking into acting.

Delevingne made her screen debut with a minor background role in the 2012 adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, helmed by Atonement director Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

But thanks to years on the catwalk, remaining 'background' proved to be a bit of a challenge.

She told Elle magazine: “Fashion really f**ked me when it came to acting.

“When I did my first film – Anna Karenina, which I didn't have a speaking part in – every time I was on screen, the director would come up to me and say 'Cara, you're modelling again, stop trying to look pretty'.

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“I was an extra with 60 other people on screen at the time. I was like, 'But what do you mean?' And he'd tell me, 'you're not in the moment, you're just trying to look hot'.

“I never thought I did that. Modelling makes you know where the camera is at all times, and you have to forget that when you're acting.”

She has since appeared in movies such as Suicide Squad, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and the widely panned London Fields, with Amber Heard.

Her latest role is starring in the Amazon fantasy series Carnival Row alongside Orlando Bloom, which is out now.

Cara Delevingne, left, and Orlando Bloom, cast members in the Amazon Prime Video series "Carnival Row," pose together at the premiere of the series at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Cara Delevingne and Orlando Bloom (Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Delevingne also spoke about her alleged assault at the hands of producer Harvey Weinstein.

She said in 2017 that Weinstein tried to kiss her without her consent, and propositioned her in exchange for a movie role.

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In the interview, she added that she only revisited the incident after actress Rose McGowan made allegations of rape against Weinstein.

“So, weirdly, it was therapeutic but I also hadn't dealt with it at all, Delevingne said. “I didn't really know what assault was.

“I hope (he) gets prosecuted and, of course, I want there to be justice. It turns out nearly every single woman I know or have worked with has been harassed or assaulted in some way. I just didn't know about it.”

Weinstein has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct against him.