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Cara Delevingne (L) and John Green at the afterparty for Los Angeles screening of "Paper Towns" in Hollywood on July 18, 2015.
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Cara Delevingne’s uncomfortable interview seen ‘round the world made its way to Paper Towns author John Green, who wrote a thoughtful essay in response and defended the actress against critics.

During the Good Day Sacramento interview in question, she was called “Carla,” was asked if she had ever read the book and was told take a nap when she seemed tired.

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In Green’s response, he wrote about spending time with Delevingne on the press tour and addressed the “Have you read the book?” question. “…I watched as again and again, she was asked this question. Cara has read the book (multiple times), but the question is annoying  —  not least because her male costar, Nat Wolff, was almost always asked when he’d read the book, while Cara was almost always asked if she’d read it.”

He also spoke about the exhaustion of a press tour and how it’s normal for enthusiasm to wane. “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 writes from experience and said that while being interviewed with Paper Towns star Nat Wolff they developed a rapport, and started giving the same answers to different outlets. Delevingne, though, did not.

“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—ing interesting.”

Read his whole essay on Medium.

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