Dress, earring, and belt by Saint Laurent. Bracelet by Cartier. Terry Tsiolis for ELLE
Cara Delevingne is no longer just one of the world’s biggest model and the coolest girl in fashion (though she still is those things). She’s now among Hollywood’s most captivating breakout actresses. And she’s an icon for legions of adoring fans who revere her extreme honesty and untempered sense of self, making her the only woman who could adequately sum up a season that’s all about more, more, more personality.
Jessica Pressler met up with the star on her home turf, and talked about everything from major turning points in her life to what she finds most challenging as an actress, if she regrets the mistakes she’s made, and how far Suicide Squad costar Jared Leto really took staying in character as The Joker.
Check out Delevingne in Suicide Squad, in theaters August 5th, and pick-up a copy of ELLE’s September issue on newsstands nationwide August 16 to read the entire story. Until then, here’s a sneak peek at what she had to say:
How taking up yoga saved her life and helped her turn everything around:
“For me, yoga’s the only way I can really feel things and check how I am. Because there is always pain somewhere, even if it’s completely irrational pain, and it’s always good to find it and get it out. If I don’t cry pretty much every day I will hold it in, and it will manifest in me in things that are destructive, like my skin.”
Top and pants by Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini. Bra by Eres. Earrings by Messika Paris. Tights by Wolford. Shoes by Christian Louboutin. Terry Tsiolis for ELLE
On why she opened up about her own struggles on social media and in interviews after young fans started sharing theirs with her:
“I couldn’t just sit there and listen to these girls, and boys, too, but usually girls, say this stuff, about bullying, about their sexuality, depression, and guilt and suicidal thoughts and just all of it, without being like, ‘I have been through that, and it’s going to be okay.’ If I can help a teenager go through a better time than they should be, then I am going to fucking do that. I mean, fucking being a teenager suuuccccks. And I somehow came through the other end.”
Dress by Saint Laurent. Earrings by Messika Paris. Tights by Wolford. Terry Tsiolis for ELLE
On Suicide Squad costar Will Smith putting “emotions first” and why she crying is the most challenging part of acting:
“I don’t think I have ever, ever cried in front of more than one person ever, ever,” she says. “Because I grew up in this very ‘Emotion is weak, head up, move on, onward and upward’ kind of way. Which is not healthy.” Her face starts twitching a little, like she might cry. “Will Smith was telling me he brought up his kids to put their emotions first, and when I heard that, I was just like, ‘Oh my God, that sounds like a fairy tale,’ ” she says. “Because emotions should be put first. It’s the most important thing. No, I’m not going to start crying.”
Coat and brooch by Gucci. Tights by We Love Colors. Boots by Space Cowboy Boots. Terry Tsiolis for ELLE
Photographed by Terry Tsiolis for ELLE; styled by Samira Nasr