Cara Delevingne’s ‘Carnival Row’ Wings Are Real

Carnival Row is a fantasy set in a Victorian world where creatures like faeries, centaurs and more roam the streets. Cara Delevingne plays Vignette Stonemoss, a faerie who can fly with her wings, though she hides them most of the time to blend in on the streets of The Burgue. Many of Carnival Row’s sights are created with visual effects, but Delevingne’s wings are real.

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Cara Delevingne attends the LA Premiere of Amazon’s “Carnival Row” | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Delevingne was on a Television Critics Association panel for Carnival Row this summer. After the panel, Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke with her further about her role in the Amazon Prime series. Here’s what Delevingne had to say about her wings and making it as an actor. See her in Carnival Row this Friday, August 30 on Amazon Prime. 

Cara Delevingne on winging it in ‘Carnival Row’

Yes, they’re real and they’re spectacular. I’m talking about Cara Delevingne’s faery wings. 

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Cara Delevingne as the faerie Vignette Stonemoss in Carnival Row | Jan Thijs/Amazon

“They’re real,” Delevingne said. “They’re prosthetics. Not obviously when they’re moving. That would be really cool though. Most of the time they were on my back.”

Cara Delevinge’s ‘Carnival Row’ wings are light too

The size of the wings Cara Delevingne wears on Carnival Row make them appear heavy, but she said they’re not. 

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British actress/model Cara Delevingne arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of Amazon Original Series “Carnival Row” | VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

“They were extremely lightweight,” Delevingne said. “They felt real so that they’re kind of made out of what they make [fake] dead bodies [on the show] out of.”

Cara Delevige learned to fly herself

When the wings are flapping, a crew is hoisting Cara Delevinge on a harness. She figured out how to “fly” all by herself. 

“With that, that’s all my own work because they don’t ask you to do that,” Delevingne said. “That’s just me trying to make it better.”

Carnival Row spent more time training Delevinge to fight.

“To be honest, all of the extensive training I had was more about the choreography, the fighting, the stunts,” she added.

Cara Delevingne practiced walking in her wings too

It’s one thing to fly. Cara Delevingne practiced walking with the wings on too.

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Cara Delevingne as Vignette Stonemoss in Carnival Row | Jan Thijs/Amazon

“I wanted them to feel as real as possible because to be able to feel and move in the wings,” Delevingne said. “I wanted to practice, especially when they’re corseted down, what that feeling is exactly like, how I walk and stuff like that.”

When Cara Delevingne felt she made it as an actor

Movie audiences started seeing Cara Delevingne in 2012’s Anna Karenina and 2015’s Paper Towns, but that wasn’t the beginning of her acting career.

“Look, I felt like an actor since I was born so when people are like, ‘She’s a model/[actor],’ I’m like no, I’ve been acting since I was four so that’s fine,” Delevingne said.  

Cara Delevingne as faerie Vignette Stonemoss in Carnival Row | Jan Thijs/Amazon

She’s never going to stop working at it though.

“If I ever think I’ve made it, then where will my ambition, my determination, where will my drive go?” Delevingne said. “I don’t think I’ll ever sit there and be like, ‘Done’ because I’m not done. I still have to learn. I still have to grow. I still have to work. There’s so much I want to do. There are so many ideas I have in other realms, and other creative outlets I want to explore so I’ve never made it.”