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SCENT-I-MENTAL WITH SIMON

SCENT-I-MENTAL WITH SIMON

As French fashion house Givenchy transcends from Riccardo Tisci’s dark romance to the effortless charms of Simon Baker, the lead in The Mentalist bowls you over with his suave Australian looks and his sense of smell, as he tells you how Paris does not have a “bad angle”!

The Mentalist TV series is coming to an end. How do you feel about it?

The series went on for seven years and 151 episodes, which is a lot! These sort of shows could go on forever, but that’s not who I am. I want to keep on growing, exploring, and take more risks. So I am very happy that it’s ending on a high note. We still achieved amazing audience records for the last season, and I am very proud of that.

What projects do you have in store for the future?

Right after The Mentalist, I immediately started working on the development of my next film. I aim to direct and act, and shoot the film in Australia. It is a very ambitious project, but I like a challenge, and we’ll see how it goes! I’m hoping to shoot it by the end of the year.

How do you make the gentleman story into a modern story?

I think being a gentleman is timeless. It may be an old-fashioned word, but the nature of being polite, well-mannered and gentlemanly is still very relevant. I have two sons, so it is important for me that they are aware of the way they treat others. 

The commercial film was shot in Paris, on Île-Saint- Louis. Do you know Paris well?

I know it quite well and I love Île-Saint-Louis, because it is the heart of Paris. I have a lot of favourite places, because it’s a city that changes depending on the light. Different places really come to life according to how the light falls, and the time of the day. The day we shot the commercial, I woke up before sunrise and went for a walk, and Paris was empty. It was so rare, beautiful and precious, a truly memorable moment.

Did you enjoy filming the new ‘Casual Chic’
ad in Paris?

It was fun! I like the simplicity of the film. As they say: ‘Paris doesn’t have a bad angle’, it’s so photogenic. It felt classic to be riding a bike through the streets of Paris, but also very modern, because that is what everybody
does now! It is exactly like the concept of
being a gentleman: you don’t need to
modernise it, because it is timeless.

Do you change your perfume depending

on your mood?

The idea of seduction can be interpreted
in different ways. To some people, it can be putting on a perfume because they want to take on a certain role, to seduce another person. My way of thinking is that you wear a perfume that puts you in the right mood that makes you feel comfortable and attractive.  

Do you enjoy the fragrance yourself?

I enjoy this fragrance because it is comfortable and light, and yet it is also quite distinctive, thanks to its original spicy notes. I put it on in the morning and I can barely smell it at the end of the day, but I know it’s there. It is probably the fragrance that is most suited to me, personally. 

 

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