Angelina jolie interview mon guerlain
Angelina Jolie can now add beauty icon to her fast growing list of roles. She sat down with HELLO! exclusively to share the memories of her mother that have shaped this recent decision. Angelina is emerging back into public life again – yes she is promoting her new role as the face of Mon Guerlain and her new film First They Killed My Father, but both hold a place dear to her heart. One is related to memories of her beloved mother Marcheline and the second to her eldest son Maddox. Angelina is a woman who does not do things lightly or without purpose and so she sat down exclusively with HELLO! to talk about her passion for these new projects and to also share some beauty secrets and insight into the many roles she has, her health and plans for the future.
You are a mother, Oscar winning actress director and film maker and Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees but you’ve never aligned yourself to a beauty brand before, tell me why Guerlain?
“Because it was a brand my mother loved, and that I knew from my childhood. It spoke to her, as it does to me, of beauty, history and quality. It’s the oldest perfume house in the world, from France, a country I love and feel to connected to and spend time in. As I talked to Guerlain about the artistry they devote to the making of the perfume and the way they work in communities, sourcing their ingredients, the pieces came together and I felt we were a match.”
Tell me more about the special Guerlain product that your mother used?
“My mother was a very natural woman. She never spoiled herself, never wore make-up, and wore modest jewellery, but she always had a few special items for when she wanted to feel like a lady. One of those special items – and I remember it because it seemed so elegant – was her Guerlain powder (Ladies in All Climates). I think it speaks of all women having those few special things that make them feel feminine. And so when I was a little girl, I would associate Guerlain with that.”
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Perfume is often known as the invisible tattoo, do you identify with this and do you relish the fact that your own tattoos are so beautifully shown in the campaign?
“The tattoos being shown was not a plan, but I was pleased they didn’t try to hide them, or turn me into someone I am not.”
I understand you had a meeting of minds when you met with the perfumer Thierry Wasser who created Mon Guerlain?
“We met in Cambodia and spoke about wanting to create something that would be elegant – like Guerlain – and something that I could truly stand by. I needed to be sure it was a scent I loved, or I would not encourage other women to buy it.”
Would you consider your beauty regime to be high or low maintenance and why?
“Low. Six kids and no time.”
What would you describe as your signature make-up?
“Under eye concealer to cover dark circles.”
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What would I always find in your handbag?
“Pens, a notebook and random things my kids drop in.”
You seem fearless to many women and inspire so many, how do you feel about the ageing process and what has informed that attitude?
“Maybe because my last decade has included many health scares and a focus on raising children, I am simply happy to be healthy, and above all that the children are healthy. There is nothing else to fear. It makes life clear.”
You are a champion for a global community, do you believe that we need to champion and celebrate a more diverse vision of beauty?
“Of course. Our diversity is our strength. What a dull and pointless life it would be if everyone was the same.”
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What do you love about the new scent?
“I love the lavender and jasmine mixed with the sandalwood. I don’t like perfumes that are too strong or sweet. I like a fragrance that is earthy and sensual and can be worn at any time.”
I hear that when he decided that he wanted to work with you, Laurent Boillot, President of Guerlain, travelled all of the way to Cambodia where you were filming to find you?
“I do remember that the day I day I met Laurent in Cambodia, I don’t think I had ever been more dirty or smelt more unappealing. We met while I was directing First They Killed My Father, after a day on set in the field, and I reeked of dirt and bug spray. We had a really good laugh trying to decipher the different scents and subtleties of the different notes within the perfume, all the while competing with my jungle-strength bug spray.”