Margot Robbie has some pretty impressive accomplishments under her belt. The award-winning actress has starred in some of the biggest film releases of recent years (including Suicide Squad and The Wolf of Wall Street) and is now the face of Calvin Klein’s new perfume, ‘Deep Euphoria’. A vibrant chypre floral (the first of its kind from the brand), it blends together floral notes of black magic rose, jasmine sambac, geranium, and patchouli with sensual musk, mineral woods, white pepper, and mandarin leaves to make for one smooth and warming scent.
Here, Robbie speaks exclusively to Savoir Flair about how the power of perfume helps her get into character and how she gets that “euphoric” feeling in real life.
The new scent is all about euphoria. What gives you a euphoric feeling in real life?
Skydiving is so much fun – that’s jumping outside of your comfort zone, like diving. I don’t know if you dive, but to me that’s the most euphoric feeling in the world… just being underwater, diving with sharks, and realizing you’re a tiny speck in this world and that the ocean is so not your territory. It’s crazy under there, but those are the euphoric moments in life.
We heard that you use perfumes to help get into character on film sets. How do they help?
I’ve never met another actor who does it, but it’s really helpful for me! I remember specific times and people in my life so much more clearly if I smell something that brings me back to them, so scent has become a way for me to differentiate characters.
Have you used ‘Deep Euphoria’ for anything yet?
I used it for Terminal [an upcoming noir thriller]. It just so happened that I did this shoot right before the movie. I had the perfume with me and thought, ‘This character needs to be a bit femme fatale and a bit dangerous.’ But we’re also setting this in a dystopian world – there’s no technology yet, there’s a lot of neon. And this perfume is really classic. It has a throwback nostalgia, but it’s fresh and cool. It’s not too heavy-handed, so it was perfect!
My character is strong and quirky and dangerous and cool, and when I put the fragrance on I was like, ‘Ooh, that works for Annie.’ For Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, I wanted something sickly sweet, so I bought a cheap, grimy, in-your-face smell. It’s a really strong sensory trigger. Once I get in my costume with hair and makeup, I spray the scent and then I’m ready.
Tell us more about you and fragrances.
I genuinely wear Calvin Klein ‘Deep Euphoria’, which is great! Sometimes, when I see a celebrity endorsing a product, I think, ‘You don’t actually use that.’ So it’s nice that I really do. It’s my first campaign, so I hadn’t done anything like it before, but once Francis Lawrence [the director] told me the idea, I thought, ‘Okay, I know what to do.’
What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
Wear less makeup, for sure! I remember hitting that age and thinking I needed to wear tons of it because I was old enough to wear it. I think it’s a confidence thing – you have your mask on all the time. As I’ve gotten older, I’m more confident to wear less. Now, I’ll happily go for dinner just wearing tinted moisturizer.
An older friend of mine, Kelli Garner, who played my sister in Pan Am, was the one who told me I wear too much makeup when I was about 20. She said, ‘All the colors you’re putting on your face are already there. You have purple veins on your eyelids, that’s your eyeshadow. Your cheeks go really red when you’re warm or giggling, that’s your blush. You have red lips…’ I was so taken aback by that, but I really took it on board and it’s true.
To date, what would you say has been your career highlight?
I mean, working with Martin Scorsese is pretty high up there. During the first chat I had with Marty on set, he really spoke to me as an equal. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, she’s the new kid on the block; let me impart some knowledge.’ He was conversing with me like a colleague he has had for 25 years. When he was asking me about films, he wasn’t presuming I hadn’t seen them because I was young. He would ask, ‘You know that German film that was made in the 20s?’ And I was like, ‘How on earth would I know?’ But it meant the world to me that he showed me a similar respect to that he’d show people he had worked with for decades.