The Delevingne girls talk about tough childhood and reveal how close they really are
The Delevingne sisters have spoken about their close bond — and revealed just how far they would go for one another.
In their first interview as a trio, model and actress Cara joked that if her elder siblings Poppy and Chloe killed someone, “I would help bury the body”.
The sisters spoke to PORTER magazine about the difficulties they faced when they were younger. Their mother, Pandora, 56, struggled with heroin addiction before they were born and was later diagnosed as bipolar.
Cara, 24, slept in Poppy’s bed for years as a child and said that both her sisters helped to bring her up.
Poppy, 30, who is also a model, said: “We have all learned that addiction and mental illnesses are illnesses and I think a lot of people overlook that it is a chemical imbalance; it’s like cancer, a sickness and people need to see it as that. So when people ask me, ‘Are you angry with your mum?’ I’m like, ‘No there is nothing to be angry about’.”
She added: “There were tricky times. I was 12 when it all started happening, which is the time you really need a mum — getting your period, wanting to know what sex is about. Cara was six years younger. She slept in my bed for years. She would literally twine her body around mine when I tried to sleep. To have each other was just so, so vital.”
Cara, who has branched out into acting on top of a hugely successful modelling career, said of her sisters: “Oh my God, it’s incredible to have these two. I don’t know what I would do without them, it would be horrifying.
“We have been through everything together. They helped bring me up. They taught me my love of music. We used to do dance routines to the Spice Girls, which we still do.
“I wouldn’t ever want to imagine a world without Poppy and Chloe. Put it this way, if one of them killed someone I would help bury the body.”
Eldest sister Chloe, 32, a charity campaigner who has two children, added: “We are very lucky, the chemistry between us is kind of perfect.”
Poppy is following in Cara’s footsteps by going into acting, with roles this year in King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
She often seeks her younger sister’s advice, saying: “She is such a doer, Cara, she is so ambitious. She has always known what she wants and she’s a hustler. Sometimes I call her and I’m like, you need to help me hustle, and she is like, ‘Come on!’”
Last week, I had one of the most incredible experiences of my life meeting South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. I was with Girl Up and UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, to learn more about the work UNHCR is doing to respond to the refugee crisis and help provide education for refugee girls. Girls forced out of their homes, girls who just want an education, girls who worry about being pressured to marry before they even hit puberty.
As a champion of Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s campaign to unite and empower girls around the world, I’m proud to raise awareness for their work providing thousands of refugees in Uganda and Ethiopia with access to education—but to see it in action, in the flesh, was moving beyond words.
Our week-long trip began with visits to refugee entry points in northern Uganda along the border of South Sudan. We actually walked across the same bridges as the 460,000 refugees (an average of 2,000 per day) who have entered Uganda in the last six months alone.
As we came back up from the river, we passed many people walking on foot, carrying all their belongings and children on their backs. Just thinking about how many people were doing that journey with so much stuff, and to be walking for weeks…you can’t comprehend it. Their strength is unparalleled. We talked with UNHCR partners and Ugandan government officials at the border who give refugees a hot meal, medical services, and transport to a settlement where they can begin to rebuild their lives again.
When it comes to millennial style icons you can’t do much better than Cara Delevingne. The actress-model has always had fun expressing herself with clothes. Whether stepping out in her low-key off-duty wardrobe of trainers and tracksuits, or delivering red carpet sophistication at her latest premiere, Delevingne plays with fashion and the expectations of her audience. “I think it would be pretty funny if I was wearing what I wore on red carpets every day in my ball gowns,” joked Delevingne at this morning’s H&M World Trade Center grand opening. “I like the extremes of [fashion] and I love being comfortable and confident in what I’m wearing.”
Delevingne’s confidence has allowed her to test out a variety of looks. Burberry trenches, couture gowns, and sleek suits make up a portion of her closet, but so do affordable finds from her travels and frequent trips to inexpensive, accessible stores. Always on a search for great basics, Delevingne makes H&M runs whenever she’s in need of a fashion fail-safe. “For me, it’s always about those staple pieces, a pair of black skinny jeans, or these wicked Japanese-style bomber jackets, things that you can wear with everything,” says Delevingne. “They have everything and they cater to everyone, which is the wonderful thing about H&M.”
Though she’s known for those casual-chic looks, she was never a mall rat growing up in England where high street shopping is the norm. “I’d never been to a mall before I came to America, really. I think Westfield was probably the first one that I went to,” she says. (She admits to fondness for the accessibility and snack options.) “I love to shop so I end up spending and getting a lot more—it’s a great way to spend your day, especially when you’ve got the right food.”
Even with her newfound mall appreciation, she remains unafraid when it comes to upping the glamour quotient for a big event. Going for a complete 180 in dramatic dresses from Alexander McQueen or Chanel, she approaches each new runway look as if it were its own role. “When I’m getting dressed up it definitely feels like there’s a part that I’m playing,” says Delevingne. She preps for her big nights with a little help from her pals. “I love getting ready with friends, putting music on, and dancing around as we’re getting glammed up—being comfortable is fun as well. . . You put on a tracksuit, or sneakers and just chill and watch a movie.”
Recently, both sides of Delevingne’s persona have been on display. Moving seamlessly from the runway to high-profile roles in hits like Suicide Squad she’s had plenty of opportunities to showcase her style. Even with premieres, openings, parties, and the business of being a rising star, her focus remains on the big picture. “Ever since I was a kid I wanted to act, so I feel extremely grateful and lucky to have the opportunity to be working with my idols,” says Delevingne, who just wrapped the sci-fi thriller Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with Luc Besson. “I just want to be able to carry on what I’m doing, inspiring young girls and giving back. Letting girls know that they can do anything they want if they set their minds to it and follow their dreams and never give up.”
After seeing the teaser trailer and a scene from the film, I had a lengthy conversation with Besson. He talked about where he’s at in the editing process, how they’ve got 200 VFX shots done out of 2,700, his lifelong love of the material, why Cara Delevingne was the right actor for Laureline, how students helped design portions of the world, how he’s already written the outline for the second and third movies, and so much more. The cherry on top? We even got to talk about the status of sequels to The Professional and Lucy. If you’re a fan of this master filmmaker, I think you’ll enjoy.
The Valerian trailer drops on Thursday; in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek:
I have to ask you about the casting, you mentioned that this is character you fell in love with when you were ten. So what is it like casting this dream girl that you have had a crush on almost your entire life?
BESSON: I’m glad I’m 50-years-old now because if I made the film at 25 I would be totally in love with Cara, [Delevingne] but I’m 50 and she’s very young so it’s much more friendly and professional. I just need to find an actress this little glimpse, this little humor, craziness that she has. Cara has all this naturally. She’s a little Laureline in our world today.
That’s not everyone, that’s you and me.
BESSON: But you know what I mean, right? I like every kind of film if it’s well made. I’m fine. I’m not a specialist fighting for a genre of film. You just have to follow your instinct. I’ve known Laureline for 40 years and I met Cara and I know it’s her, that’s it. And you can tell me whatever you want like, “Oh she never played before” or “She’s a model,” or whatever. I didn’t say yes right away I test her very deeply…very hardly it was very hard. But my guess was like if she’s going through the process and if she’s good at the end she can get the part and then she got the part.
If you were to make another one would you take on two and three together back to back the way Peter Jackson did it or do you feel like there’s an element where you really want to do it one at a time?
BESSON: No, it doesn’t matter I would say probably one by one. I think it’s good also that the actors like Dane between the feels is gonna make more films Cara also. So they come back with new experiences and maybe I do something else first also and then you have even more pleasure to see each other again. So two in a row will be very long.
Here’s the official synopsis for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:
“Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him. Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.”
Margot Robbie was talked with Glamour Magazine about her “SHIT” hair, her housemate skills & why Cara Delevingne is a gem. You can see below a question and answer about Cara:
You and Cara Delevingne were giving us major squad goals recently. Do you think you’ve made a friend for life?
Totally – she is a rare gem in this world and I’ve just never met anyone like her. She is the most genuine person you can ever meet and there’s nothing calculated about that girl. She’s like a little comet just blasting her way through this world.
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