Cara Delevingne Talks Getting Sober For Upcoming Film

By Keri Blakinger 07/03/17

The Paper Towns star says being clean and sober helped her get into character for her new movie.

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Actress and model Cara Delevingne sobered up for the job, according to a recent Glamour interview

The 24-year-old Brit celeb dished in an August cover story about her preparation for her role in the forthcoming film Life in a Year, which follows the story of a 17-year-old who finds out his girlfriend is dying.

“I always say, modeling is something I do, whereas acting feels more like what I [am],” the svelte star said. “I have felt better than I felt in years, and that’s purely from doing what I love. Especially because, while I’ve been doing this film, I’ve been sober. Being completely clean and clearheaded has been so helpful with getting into character.”

The Paper Towns star didn’t elaborate beyond that, so it’s not clear what she’s given up or for how long.

Four years ago the model-actress sent tabloids and paparazzi into a frenzy when she dropped what appeared to be a bag of white powder from her purse. The suspicious shot captured by paps led to rampant speculation but doesn’t seem to have sparked any blowback. 

Though she didn’t immediately address the baggie controversy, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty has dished before on her own history and her family history with drugs and mental health struggles. 

“I smoked a lot of pot as a teenager, but I was completely mental with or without drugs,’ she told Vogue in 2015. Though she grew up in an upper-class family, her mother Pandora’s long-standing struggle with heroin addiction cast a shadow over her formative years.

“It shapes the childhood of every kid whose parent has an addiction,” Delevingne said. 

“You grow up too quickly because you’re parenting your parents. My mother’s an amazingly strong person with a huge heart, and I adore her. But it’s not something you get better from, I don’t think. I know there are people who have stopped and are fine now, but not in my circumstance. She’s still struggling.”  

At times, Delevingne has played the part of the party girl, a role she described as “easy” but “it rots your insides.” Instead of falling prey to the temptations of a Hollywood lifestyle, though, Delevingne took the energies once spent on partying and refocused them onto her career.

“I definitely have the addict gene,” she said. “For me it comes out in an addiction to work. I’d probably have done more drugs back then if I hadn’t been working like mad.”

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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