Earlier this week, an awkward morning show interview with Cara Delevingne went viral. What was intended to be a promotional spot for her new movie "Paper Towns" turned into a cringe-worthy trainwreck. Her dry sarcasm didn't translate well to the hosts of "Good Day Sacramento," who read her as aloof and tired. They even told her she needed a nap. Yikes.
Now "Paper Towns" author John Green is standing up for the 22-year-old actress, whom he calls "admirable," by shedding some light on the press circus he calls "dehumanizing."
"If people are going to pay attention to these junket interviews and criticize Cara for responding flippantly to a stupid question," he writes in a post for Medium, "I think context might be helpful."
"The whole process of commodifying personhood to sell movie tickets is inherently dehumanizing," Green added, emphasizing the hundreds of interviews he did during his recent "Paper Towns" press tour. "The TV people want some part of you, and in exchange for it, they will put the name of your movie on TV. But in that process, you do lose something of your self."
For her part, Delevingne has also been on a whirlwind press tour, alongside Green and her "Paper Towns" co-star Nat Wolff, speaking to hundreds of outlets, domestic and international, at various junkets and press conferences. But unlike Wolff, Delevingne is also one of the world's biggest supermodels, and Green notes that the questions directed at her were, more often than not, sexiest and flat-out rude.
"Cara has read the book (multiple times), but the question is annoying -- not least because her male co-star, Nat Wolff, was almost always asked when he'd read the book, while Cara was almost always asked if she'd read it," he writes.
Still, Green says that he and Wolff -- who were often paired together for press interviews -- played the game. They answered every question, regardless of its asininity, with a smile. They essentially "stuck to the script." Delevingne, however, plays by her own rules, and that's exactly why Green finds her to be so admirable.
"She refuses to indulge lazy questions and refuses to turn herself into an automaton to get through long days of junketry," he writes. "I don’t find that behavior entitled or haughty. I find it admirable. Cara Delevingne doesn’t exist to feed your narrative or your news feed -- and that’s precisely why she's so f--king interesting."
But if you read "Paper Towns" then you probably already knew that.