UPDATED: After a now infamously awkward interview in which TV anchors accused “Paper Towns” star Cara Delevingne of being “in a mood,” the author of the book has stepped in to defend the model-actress.
Green wrote an essay in Medium on Thursday sticking up for Delevingne, and seemed to especially take issue with the fact that one of the anchors asked Delevingne if she had read the book upon which her movie is based. He harked back to being on the press tour with Delevingne and the rest of the movie’s stars, saying the question often came up during interviews.
“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,” Green wrote.
On a broader scale, the author took a look at the press tour cycle in general, after now having two big-time runs under his belt, with his first adaptation, “The Fault in Our Stars,” having come out last year.
“The whole process of commodifying personhood to sell movie tickets is inherently dehumanizing,” he went on. “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.”
Green said he “just sort of gave up” on junkets, sticking to the script when answering questions. Delevingne, however, took no such route, he said.
“Cara, however, refuses to stick to the script,” Green wrote. “She refuses to indulge lazy questions and refuses to turn herself into an automaton to get through long days of junketry. 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.”
Delevingne tweeted a screenshot of an excerpt from Green’s essay on Thursday, along with the caption “Whoever said this! Thank you so much!”
Green let her know that he was the author of the kind words, to which she responded “thank you so much john!! I just read the article and it made me want to cry! You are so special!! I am so happy I know you x.”
“I am soooooo lucky and anyone who thinks I am unappreciative or ungrateful clearly doesn’t know me,” Delevingne later wrote on Twitter. “I work really really hard and love what I do, I don’t feel like I need to apologize for being human.”
Delevingne previously replied to the interview and the attention that came with it, tweeting on Wednesday that “Some people just don’t understand sarcasm or the British sense of humour.”