A playful, sensual, strong fragrance… An irresistible Parisian. She’s an icon, a star. She is Paco Rabanne’s new desirable fragrance; Fame! The face of American actress Elle Fanning, a true icon at a young age, Fame embodies the essence of the Paco Rabanne woman. Elle Fanning, who represents an ultramodern woman as bright, self-confident, versatile and as always as the iconic muses of the fashion designer, talks about her intersecting paths with Fame.

You have been an actor practically all your life. Looking back, how has this shaped you as a person?

I get to play pretend as a career, and because I’ve been doing it since I was so little, it’s allowed me to live in my imagination. I am not afraid to dream and take risks.

Throughout your career, you have been a ghost, a Disney princess, an alien, a 19th century author, an 18th century empress… What is it like to slip into different characters?

No matter what kind of character I’m playing, I always try to find empathy for them. I learn about myself with each character that I play. I am currently filming season three of The Great, so currently thinking about Catherine. This is the longest I’ve played any character and she has meant so much to me as I figure out who I want to be in this world.

What’s the most challenging kind of role to play? And what’s the most fun?

I think all roles are challenging in their own way. I have flipped between drama and comedy recently. Comedy certainly brings a brighter atmosphere to the on set working environment, but the comedic timing and rhythm is incredibly challenging.

You’ve worked with many women directors; Sally Potter, Sofia Coppola, Mélanie Laurent, Haifaa al-Mansour… What’s it like to be on a female-driven set? Has this inspired you to think about directing?

I love being on set with other women. They create a nurturing environment for everyone to thrive in. I definitely want to direct and know that I will one day.

What is it like to slip into Catherine the Great’s fantastic costumes? Inquiring minds want to know!

Sharon Long is our genius costume designer on The Great and getting to wear her designs is a dream come true. The thought and care that go into each look is incredible, and I love collaborating with her! The coronation dress I got to wear in season two is my absolute favorite costume I have gotten to wear.

After a day on the set, what do you do for fun? Guilty pleasures? How do you unwind after a hectic week?

On the weekends I like to go to the farmers’ market and plan a meal to cook. Cooking really calms me. If it’s a week day, after work I take a long bath and watch reality TV!

You’re not only a star, but also a fashion icon. Do you express yourself through clothes in real life?

I absolutely express myself through clothes. I go through phases and my mood often dictates what I wear.

Who are your fashion icons?

Grace Kelly, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Alexa Chung, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe…

What’s the first smell you remember?

I remember mixing all my grandmother’s perfumes together. I felt very grown up spraying perfume.

What was your first perfume like, and how did it make you feel?

My first perfume was extremely sweet. I wore it all through middle school. It was that classic teen scent and I probably wore way too much of it.

Do you ever use fragrance to get into a character?

I have heard of actors doing this, which I find really interesting. I have never done it myself, but it would be fun to make a specific scent for a character.

What does Paco Rabanne means to you as a brand?

Paco Rabanne is cool and effortless. It’s also a bit flirty and mischievous, which I love.

Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Françoise Hardy have all been Paco Rabanne’s muses… How does it feel to be part of that stellar cast?

It’s such an honor to be amongst those iconic women, wow!

Who do you think the Paco Rabanne woman is?

I think a Paco Rabanne woman is one who doesn’t try too hard. She is natural and sophisticated.

What do you like about the fragrance?

I love the scents of Jasmine and Mango. It’s so fresh and can be worn day or night.

What does the perfume represent for you?

To me, the perfume represents strength and elegance.

What would you like to say to the women who’ll wear this perfume?

Enjoy the feeling you get when wearing this unique sent. I hope it makes you feel confident and energized.