BEAUTY Mod­ern Muse

Ac­tress Rooney Mara speaks to HELLO! about her favourite beauty prod­ucts, her fash­ion fan­tasies and fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Au­drey Hep­burn

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Givenchy is launch­ing a new ver­sion of its much-loved fra­grance L’In­ter­dit, in­spired by the orig­i­nal com­po­si­tion that Hu­bert de Givenchy cre­ated for Au­drey Hep­burn in 1957. Rooney Mara is the scent’s new face and, with her diminu­tive frame, doe eyes and raven-black hair, she bears more than a pass­ing re­sem­blance to her pre­de­ces­sor.

The 33-year-old Os­car-nom­i­nated ac­tress, who has ap­peared in films such as The Girl with the Dragon Tat­too and Carol, has a long-stand­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with the French fash­ion house. Its for­mer de­signer Ric­cardo Tisci used to have her front and cen­tre at his cat­walk shows. And ear­lier this year,

Rooney at­tended the Met Gala with Givenchy’s new artis­tic di­rec­tor Clare Waight Keller (in­set left), who de­signed the Duchess of Sus­sex’s wed­ding dress.

“They ap­proached me to be­come the new face, know­ing that I had been a great ad­mirer of the brand for so many years,” Rooney tells hello!.

“Givenchy has al­ways been my favourite la­bel and I’ve al­ways felt I could re­ally be my­self in the clothes – it seemed like a per­fect part­ner­ship. And, ob­vi­ously, the fact that the orig­i­nal ver­sion was Au­drey Hep­burn’s per­fume fas­ci­nated me. It felt very spe­cial to be asked to be part of bring­ing the fra­grance back to life.”

The new L’In­ter­dit (which trans­lates as “For­bid­den”) is dom­i­nated by a bright jas­mine note, and there are hints of patchouli in there, too. Like the orig­i­nal, it’s a lit­tle bit an­drog­y­nous. But as fresh as this fra­grance is, it car­ries the weight of fash­ion his­tory. Be­fore Hu­bert died ear­lier this year, at 91 years old, he had the op­por­tu­nity to smell the new com­po­si­tion and he loved it.

What does L’In­ter­dit per­fume evoke for you, Rooney?

“For me, the fra­grance feels quite rooted in some­thing sto­ried – an age-old de­sire to be bold and to push for­ward – but it is also quite mod­ern. Ev­ery­thing about the Givenchy brand has al­ways felt like that to me.”

What can no one for­bid you to do?

“There isn’t re­ally any­thing some­one could for­bid me to do. There are a lot of things I wouldn’t do or wouldn’t do if some­one asked me not to, but if there was some­thing I re­ally felt was the right thing to do and I was for­bid­den to do it, I wouldn’t let that stop me.” What was it like shoot­ing the ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign? “To be hon­est, I nor­mally loathe pho­to­shoots and tend to feel quite un­com­fort­able. But be­cause I know and love ev­ery­one at Givenchy and have for years, it was re­ally fun and felt easy and ex­cit­ing to be a part of.”

What is your daily beauty rit­ual?

“I don’t have much of a beauty rit­ual, but I al­ways wear sun­screen and I use mostly nat­u­ral prod­ucts and oils.”

What are your favourite beauty prod­ucts?

“Ev­ery­day Oil, True Botan­i­cals Calm Pure Ra­di­ance Oil and Olio E Osso oil. I also use Cara­soin Cold Fu­sion In­tense mois­turiser, a rose­wa­ter and Virtue hair prod­ucts.”

What makes a woman beau­ti­ful?

“Be­ing self-pos­sessed and com­pas­sion­ate.”

What do you love most about Clare Waight Keller’s designs?

“Clare’s designs are ut­terly ro­man­tic and fem­i­nine, but also feel quite mod­ern and edgy – I love what she has been do­ing. Her cou­ture col­lec­tion was amaz­ing.”

How do you choose your film roles?

“I can’t say how I choose roles; it’s just a feel­ing or in­stinct about cer­tain things. I am sure a lot of it is sub­con­scious – choos­ing things you want to ex­plore or get out of your sys­tem. I wouldn’t say I could play any role – not well, any­way.”

Which of your films is your favourite?

“I don’t have a favourite. I like dif­fer­ent things about dif­fer­ent films. A Ghost Story was the most en­joy­able to watch – prob­a­bly be­cause I am not in a lot of it and be­cause it was so med­i­ta­tive and strange and beau­ti­ful.”

What causes are clos­est to your heart?

“An­i­mal rights is prob­a­bly one of the clos­est to my heart. Also, in Africa specif­i­cally, the Uweza and Hekima Place foun­da­tions, who help or­phaned and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in Kenya, and any or­gan­i­sa­tion that gives as­sis­tance to refugees.”

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