When Elle Fanning thinks of the antithesis of her character on Hulu’s The Terrific—Catherine the Terrific, the uptight, calculated Russian empress on a mission to get rid of her partner—she thinks of fun and joyful. That happier spirit is particularly the purpose she requires on in Paco Rabanne’s marketing campaign for its new fragrance, FAME.
“Perfume advertisements can at times be very critical, but we preferred to do the reverse,” Fanning clarifies of her initial marketing campaign as the brand’s muse. “It’s pretty, like, playful whilst continue to being alluring and sensual. You can see individuality shine by way of.”
The campaign has tons of glow, from Fanning in the late designer’s legendary metallic chain-mail dress to the FAME bottle itself, which matches the actress in a related chain-mail motif and cat-eye sunglasses.
We sit down with Fanning forward of the campaign launch to chat about the fragrance that faucets into her nostalgia, the power of a trench coat, and her favourite (also metallic) manner times from The Fantastic.
Do you have a favorite glimpse from the marketing campaign movie?
I love the armed forces coat. The brand name gave that to me later on. The pink silk costume was truly pretty too. They have this kind of awesome apparel. I think you only see it for a split second, but I had a bucket hat from the ’60s.
Smelling the fragrance, and observing you in the marketing campaign, you cannot aid but want to dress up and go out.
The good thing is, the fragrance smells great. It’s genuinely buildable and refreshing—I assume simply because it’s mild. You can just spritz a minor, and increase a lot more afterwards. It’s pretty a lot a fragrance I would gravitate in the direction of. And the bottle is so lovable. I really like how the bottle has so numerous aspects: the boots, the earrings, the Paco costume.
It feels like the marketing campaign pulled inspiration from Brigitte Bardot or Audrey Hepburn. Is there an individual who inspires you?
I have experienced so a lot of position products to search up to. I have generally been a Marilyn Monroe female since I was younger. I observed a photo of her after when I was seven and was like, “Who is that?” I begun observing her films, in all probability, when I was, like, much too young to enjoy them and was enamored by her existence. I also adore Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn too. I surely gravitate towards the more mature film stars.
Far more currently, I search up to Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain—they’re all awesome. There are so a lot of folks I’ve looked up to. I’ve been privileged more than enough to perform with Nicole and so several talented actors that I truly feel like I could arrive at out to any them and they would be there, which is not generally the situation.
What an iconic group of function types. Jumping back again to the fragrance, what situation would you put on FAME for?
I dress in it just about every working day. I’m a fragrance woman. I have to have fragrance on generally. It tends to make me come to feel new and entire. FAME is a fantastic scent for heading out at night time although. The bottle is metallic and slick, and that is what you want to embody on a night time out and prepared to get on the entire world with self confidence. But at the similar time, I’ll use it in sweatpants. It’s a fragrance refreshing sufficient for daytime or nighttime.
What would make you really feel instantaneously assured?
A wonderful jacket. I’m a coat woman, so if I have a extended leather-based coat, like this black one particular with significant shoulders I just acquired, I really feel actually excellent. I’m tall, so I have them effectively. I get them outsized, and it often comprehensive my glimpse.
When I’m in London, I’ll dress in coats nonstop, since L.A. dressing is so diverse. It is significantly much more comfortable, which is not me. I have to remind myself to wear the outfit I like—not what I assume can make sense for L.A. dressing. I’m that girl who goes to items overdressed a ton of the time, but that’s just me. I love trend.
Is there a time when you really feel the most glamorous?
When I get prepared for a crimson carpet. It is the supreme glamour. It can be nerve-racking, but I locate it thrilling. I have normally cherished placing alongside one another a glance that expresses myself, and it’s an extension of my creative imagination. I have often had entertaining with pink-carpet seems to be as a substitute of placing stress on myself.
At Cannes was most likely the most glamorous moment I’ve had. I imply, there is nothing like being on that purple carpet it’s huge, remarkable, and pure glamour.
Perfume can actually transport you. Is there a scent that can make you come to feel nostalgic?
When I obtained to New York, there was a selected chocolate in my home that introduced me back to when I 4 several years previous and frequented New York with my spouse and children. It was my initially time viewing, and we went to Serendipity and Dylan’s candy keep.
Smelling the chocolate brought me back to going to New York in my childhood, and then I started off to skip FAO Schwarz. Even the smell of that retail outlet delivers back again recollections, like, the Ferris wheel and the piano.
It is insane how many smells we remember from childhood. After enjoying Catherine in The Fantastic, what variety of scent do you imagine she would put on?
One thing vodka infused. I really don’t imagine she would don a tremendous-sweet fragrance. I consider it would be additional floral vodka. Powerful, but with a female undertone. Surely a thing crisp, like early morning air. It is an exciting problem. I know some actors create fragrances for people and dress in them whilst they are filming. I’ve under no circumstances finished that. I would be intrigued to operate with an individual to come up with Catherine’s fragrance.
Who’s the best-smelling individual you’ve encountered?
Patricia Clarkson has a actually precise smell. Angelina Jolie has a extremely particular smell. They are all quite nice scents—when you film scenes with another person, you get incredibly near, physically, so you genuinely smell the other man or woman.
Do you have a favorite appear from The Great?
They are all handmade, so each individual a single is actually amazing. The 3rd year hasn’t occur out nonetheless, but there are some seriously fantastic appears in there. In the second season, Catherine was pregnant most of the time, so the dresses have been manufactured to healthy the expanding bump. I did like the coronation dress, the major gold dress. It was extremely Russian with the extended braid and the bow. It reminded me of a Gucci search or one thing pretty couture, [like] if Christian Lacroix built a little something back then.