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Cara Delevingne: Women need to be heard

Cara Delevingne gets "annoyed" when scripts present her with unrealistic lines.

The 22-year-old star kicked off her career as a model but is making her transition into the movie world with parts in Tulip Fever, Paper Towns and The Face of an Angel.

She hopes to bring something fresh to the projects by challenging her directors.

"Every movie I’ve done I’ve had to fight for lines and fight for point of view. Usually it’s a male director, male producers. It’s all very much a man’s point of view," she explained to Time Out London.

"I speak up and say, 'Girls don’t do that.' Or, 'That’s not something a girl would say in that situation.' It’s about how men perceive women and it’s not accurate, and it annoys me! I don’t think people speak up enough. Even if I’m wrong, even if I get shut down, I know that I’ve done my part to get a woman’s voice out there. It’s important that when girls watch movies they’ve got strong female role models."

The move from modelling into acting can be hard, not least because people are often quick to voice their opinions. But Cara is taking it in her stride and is just pleased that she's being presented with substantial parts.

"The first time I did Fashion Week, I was like: 'Right, I might as well give up on acting because I’m screwed.' And as soon as I became a model, I was being sent typecasting roles as the stupid blonde who gets killed really quickly, or the sexy girlfriend, or whatever," she explained.

"Roles I would rather die than play. I was ready to give up on it. Or not give up, but take a break. When I finally got a serious role to audition for, I cried on the phone, I was so happy. Not even a film, just an audition."

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