2007 Dec 20

Face to face with Kate Winslet

Syida Lizta Amirul Ihsan gets a whiff as the actress talks about being herself and being the new face of Lancôme’s Trèsor fragrance.


Actress Kate Winslet is the new face for Lancôme’s fragrance, Trèsor. She speaks about the fragrance and working with Peter Lindbergh for the print ad and TV commercial.

Q: How did you come to be involved with Lancôme?
They approached me. It immediately appealed to me because I’ve never done anything like this before. And it felt like such an honor to step into the shoes of Isabella Rossellini who was Trèsor’s previous “face”. They wanted something beautiful, romantic and enigmatic for the ad. At the same time, they wanted to convey the message about being comfortable being yourself. I am of the same mind too. So it turned out well.

Q: What are your thoughts on fragrance?
I wear fragrances for special occasions, whether it’s a date with my husband or a big event. Scents have to reflect your feelings as well, besides the occasion, and who you’re going to be around with. You respond emotionally to someone else’s perfume. Fragrances are therefore very personal. They should be barely discernible, however, not over-powering.

Q: What was your first fragrance moment?
I had a boyfriend when I was 16 who bought me a fragrance I was not crazy about, I have to confess. I think he got the message when he realized the bottle was gathering dust in the bathroom cabinet!

Q: How do you feel about Trèsor?
Trèsor is gentle and romantic. There is a sense of nostalgia about it. I remember the Isabella Rossellini ads and they were beautiful, so evocative and mysterious. All the Trèsor ads, whether with Isabella or Inès Sastre, were really telling a story. You want to know what happened before and after.

Q: How was the experience of working with Peter Lindbergh?
I was thrilled when I was told Peter would be directing the commercial and shooting the photographs for the ad. Peter, to me, is one of the best, if not the best, of the great fashion photographers. It’s such a joy and an honor to have had the opportunity to work with him. He depicts people as they really are — he doesn’t try to change their appearance with his lens. This is important to me because I like to be myself.

Source: The New Straits Times Online

5 Comments on “Face to face with Kate Winslet”

  1. Extraordinary article. This a major glimpse of Hollywood that Winslet recieved. I liked the part, “And it felt like such an honor to step into the shoes of Isabella Rossellini who was Trèsor’s previous ‘face’.”

    Kate Winslet is classic.

Comments are closed.