May 13, 2021

Shear Fantasy: Cara Delevingne on ‘Valerian,’ Inspiring Young Girls and ‘Not Needing Hair to Be Beautiful’

For Cara Delevingne, filmmaker Luc Besson’s futuristic fantasy movie “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” was more than just a new rung on the 24-year-old model’s growing acting career ladder. It was an aspirational way of life.
“It was so much fun that I kind of wanted to live in ‘Valerian’ for the rest of my life,” Delevingne says. “It really didn’t feel like work at all.”
She became nearly as enraptured with the sci-fi trappings as Besson himself, who had long dreamed of bringing the popular series of Sixties and Seventies French graphic novels to the screen. So much so that she found herself getting “lost in that world. Obviously, working on the blue screen was a bit different, but it was still so much fun being able to, like a kid, use my imagination 99.9 percent of the time.”
Along with tapping her inner child, there were practical disciplines too, such as transforming her sylph-like frame to attain her character Laureline’s fighting shape. “I’d done a lot of training before, but this was all about constant working out — it was the lifestyle change, really. Every day, waking up at 6, what I ate, the kind of things that

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