Margot Robbie relies on fragrance to help her get into character

Margot Robbie switches up her scents on set because they help her get into character.The 29-year-old has played a diverse range of characters, from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, to actress Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…

Margot Robbie switches up her scents on set because they help her get into character.

The 29-year-old has played a diverse range of characters, from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, to actress Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

And speaking to Australia’s Sunday Life magazine, the actress revealed perfumes have become an important part of her preparation before she takes on a new role.

“I pick a fragrance for every character I play,” she shared. “When I go on set and apply the fragrance, I find it’s easier to get into character.

“It’s a very powerful tool!”

Margot went on to explain that the unusual method works because “certain smells can transport you to a time and place or create a specific feeling”.

The star has been a fragrance ambassador for French fashion house Chanel since 2018 and is the face of brand-new perfume Gabrielle Chanel Essence – named after label founder Coco Chanel, real name Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Oscar nominee opened up about her style, and revealed she prefers to mix up feminine and masculine pieces.

“Personally, I love beautiful things but I’m also pragmatic: I look for freedom of movement. I love a silk suit, flats and the mix of masculine and feminine style. That makes me feel powerful and feminine, comfortable but confident. I think nothing’s more alluring than confidence,” the blonde beauty explained. “We all know women are incredibly strong, but I don’t believe it means you have to hide your femininity.”

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Maya Hawke: ‘You feel more naked making contemporary films’

Maya Hawke feels “naked” when making contemporary films because it’s difficult to have insight into the current period of time.The 21-year-old, the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, made her screen debut in the 2017 TV adaptation of classi…

Maya Hawke feels “naked” when making contemporary films because it’s difficult to have insight into the current period of time.

The 21-year-old, the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, made her screen debut in the 2017 TV adaptation of classic period tale, Little Women, before making a splash this summer in ‘80s-set Netflix show Stranger Things and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is set in 1969.

Maya will soon be seen in two contemporary dramas – Human Capital, alongside Marisa Tomei and Liev Schreiber and Gia Coppola’s Mainstream with Andrew Garfield – and the actress admitted she felt more exposed making those modern pieces compared to the period ones.

“I love serious stuff, and I love dressing up in cool costumes and going through that transformation. There is something more naked about doing a contemporary piece,” she told Refinery29. “You’re really trying to reflect on your own time, and it’s hard to have insight and perspective on your own time. But I love working with Gia; she’s brilliant and funny and has such a wonderful visual imagination. All the actors in that cast are unbelievably talented, and I am really excited for people to see that movie.”

In addition to appearing in two big projects this year, Maya also recently launched a music career, and she explained she was exploring her passion while waiting around to get cast in roles.

“Acting is amazing… But the problem is that you’re always waiting around for a call; you’re waiting for someone to give you permission to do your work,” the star explained. “The nice thing with music in the last three years alongside the acting work I’ve done is that I didn’t have to wait for anyone’s permission… The months I just spent just waiting to get a part, I’ve been able to work on this. It has given my life some structure and purpose so that I’m not just waiting around and losing my mind and crying.”

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Dakota Fanning clarifies refugee role amid ‘whitewashing’ backlash

Dakota Fanning has responded to allegations of whitewashing regarding her role as an Ethiopian refugee in drama Sweetness in the Belly.The movie is an adaptation of Camilla Gibb’s 2005 novel of the same name, and the 25-year-old actress stars as a refu…

Dakota Fanning has responded to allegations of whitewashing regarding her role as an Ethiopian refugee in drama Sweetness in the Belly.

The movie is an adaptation of Camilla Gibb’s 2005 novel of the same name, and the 25-year-old actress stars as a refugee abandoned in Africa as a child by her parents and raised in Ethiopia as a Muslim.

The first clip of the film was released by Deadline on Wednesday and quickly went viral, with her casting sparking backlash.

Sharing the post, which read “First Clip Of Dakota Fanning As A White Ethiopian Muslim In Refugee Drama-Romance”, one person wrote: “I’m sorry Dakota Fanning as WHOMST?”

And while many social media users then insisted the role should have gone to a woman of colour or someone with experience of being a refugee, Dakota took to her Instagram Stories to clarify her casting.

“Just to clarify. In the new film I’m part of, Sweetness in the Belly, I do not play an Ethiopian woman,” she wrote. “I play a British woman abandoned by her parents at seven years old in Africa and raised Muslim.

“My character, Lilly, journeys to Ethiopia and is caught up in the breakout of civil war. She is subsequently sent ‘home’ to England, a place she is from but has never known.”

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star went on to share that the film, which was partly made in Ethiopia, “is directed by an Ethiopian man (Zeresenay Berhane Mehari)” and “features many Ethiopian women.” She added: “(It) was a great privilege to be part of telling this story.”

Sweetness in the Belly, which also stars Wunmi Mosaku and Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival later this month.

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Bruce Lee’s daughter: ‘Quentin Tarantino misrepresented my father to younger generation’

Shannon Lee has blasted Quentin Tarantino for falsely representing her late father Bruce Lee to the younger generation.  In an interview with Good Morning Britain on Thursday, the daughter of the martial arts legend called Quentin’s portrayal of her …

Shannon Lee has blasted Quentin Tarantino for falsely representing her late father Bruce Lee to the younger generation.

  In an interview with Good Morning Britain on Thursday, the daughter of the martial arts legend called Quentin’s portrayal of her father in his movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood “belittling” and “irresponsible”.  

 “For a lot of people this is going to be their first introduction to Bruce Lee, in particular, younger generations, they’re going to think this is what he is – that he was this arrogant guy that liked to challenge people,” she said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” 

 Bruce, who died in 1973 aged 32, is played by Mike Moh in the filmmaker’s latest movie. Shannon has expressed anger at a scene in which he is shown boasting before picking a fight with Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth. 

 Quentin defended his depiction of the Fist of Fury star at a press junket in Moscow, Russia earlier this month by explaining that he had done biographical research. He also commented, “Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy.” 

 However, Shannon did not accept the 56-year-old director’s view.  

“I think he (Quentin) was very irresponsible. I think that he created a view of him that was a caricature. He wants to say, ‘Oh, this was a fact, this is what he was like,’ but this is a fiction movie so don’t bother yourself too much about it,” she continued. “My father is very beloved by many, many people. He was really a big symbol for many Asian men and Asian American men in particular.  

 “(People) mistook his confidence, which he had in spades, as arrogance. In particular, if they were white men in Hollywood or in the martial arts or something like that… 

“He could have handled it in a way that was respectful of my father as well as served his story purposes… The way that he’s portrayed by Quentin Tarantino in the film, is exactly in that way, sort of belittling him.” 

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Bruce Lee’s daughter demands Quentin Tarantino stop talking about her late father

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee has begged filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to stop talking about her late father. The 50-year-old previously complained about how the martial artist was portrayed in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and told editors at The Wr…

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee has begged filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to stop talking about her late father.

The 50-year-old previously complained about how the martial artist was portrayed in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and told editors at The Wrap last month she felt he came “across as an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air” and a “caricature”. The director responded by commenting that Bruce was “kind of an arrogant guy”, and Shannon has now told Variety she just wants Quentin to stop talking about her father, who died at the age of 32 in 1973, altogether.

“He could shut up about it,” she raged on Wednesday. “That would be really nice. Or he could apologise or he could say, ‘I don’t really know what Bruce Lee was like. I just wrote it for my movie. But that shouldn’t be taken as how he really was.'”

In one scene in the film, Bruce, as played by Mike Moh, is seen boasting about his elite combat skills while on the set of The Green Hornet, and also claims he would cripple Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay) if they were to square off. He also challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to a physical fight, only to be thrown into a stationary car.

“I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-a*s who could beat up Bruce Lee,” Shannon previously told The Wrap of the filmmaker’s intentions. “But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.”

Mike also shared he was somewhat uncomfortable over his portrayal of the Hollywood icon, and stated to Birth.Movies.Death: “I was so conflicted because he’s my hero – Bruce in my mind was literally a god.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, and Al Pacino, is now showing in cinemas.

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Quentin Tarantino defends portrayal of Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino has defended the portrayal of Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by claiming the depiction is based on the action star’s own words. In Tarantino’s latest movie, Mike Moh portrays the martial arts legend, who died in 1973 aged…

Quentin Tarantino has defended the portrayal of Bruce Lee in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by claiming the depiction is based on the action star’s own words.

In Tarantino’s latest movie, Mike Moh portrays the martial arts legend, who died in 1973 aged 32, as a cocky actor who challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to a physical fight, only to be beaten down and thrown into a stationary car.

The portrayal has been criticised by media outlets as well as Lee’s daughter Shannon, and the Pulp Fiction filmmaker has now defended his depiction at a press junket in Moscow, Russia by saying, “Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy.”

He continued to explain that the portrayal was based on biographical research.

“The way he was talking, I didn’t just make a lot of that up. I heard him say things like that, to that effect,” he explained, according to Variety. “If people are saying, ‘Well he never said he could beat up Muhammad Ali,’ well yeah, he did. Not only did he say that, but his wife, Linda Lee, said that in her first biography I ever read. She absolutely said that.”

Shannon criticised the way her father was “marginalised” in the movie in the same way he had been in Hollywood, and Bruce’s protege Dan Inosanto has taken issue with the scene, saying his mentor would never have behaved so arrogantly.

“He was never, in my opinion, cocky,” Dan told Variety. “Maybe he was cocky in as far as martial arts because he was very sure of himself. He was worlds ahead of everyone else. But on a set, he’s not gonna show off. Bruce Lee would have never said anything derogatory about Muhammad Ali because he worshipped the ground Muhammad Ali walked on.”

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Rumer Willis promotes positivity online following struggles with body shaming

Rumer Willis tries to promote positivity on social media after she was subjected to cruel body shaming as a teenager.The actress, who is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, is seeking to carve out her own Hollywood career and has had roles in …

Rumer Willis tries to promote positivity on social media after she was subjected to cruel body shaming as a teenager.

The actress, who is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, is seeking to carve out her own Hollywood career and has had roles in TV shows such as Empire and Pretty Little Liars, as well as a brief appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

However, Rumer was a target of online bullying in the mid-2000s, and in an interview with HuffPost U.S., explained that she wants her Instagram page to be a pleasant place.

“I think the most important thing for me is doing my best to lead by example,” she said of the photo-sharing platform, on which she boasts 700,000 followers.

Rumer went on to explain that she is also fine with discussing her insecurities on social media and commented, “I still deal with insecurity and trying to figure out my own path in all of it.”

Elsewhere in the chat, the 30-year-old reflected on some of the worst criticism she received from bloggers and critics when she was growing up and noted that it has taken her a long time to move past the cruel words.

“They said I had a huge jaw. They said I had a ‘potato head.’ When you’re 14 or 15, I didn’t really understand having value in myself yet. My mind went to, ‘OK, so if I get skinny or if I dress the right way or present myself very hyper-sexually and dress this way, then I’ll be valued,'” the star recalled, before noting that she finds looking at childhood photos to be a good way to brush away any negative thoughts. “If I am watching myself talk negatively, I’m like, ‘Would you ever talk to a kid like that?'”

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Mike Moh was ‘conflicted’ about Bruce Lee portrayal in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Actor Mike Moh was “so conflicted” about his Bruce Lee scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. In Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, the Inhumans star plays the martial arts legend, who is portrayed as a cocky actor who challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman cha…

Actor Mike Moh was “so conflicted” about his Bruce Lee scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

 In Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, the Inhumans star plays the martial arts legend, who is portrayed as a cocky actor who challenges Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth to a physical fight, only to be beaten down and thrown into a stationary car. 

 Lee’s daughter Shannon has publicly blasted the “caricature” depiction of her father in the film, as have a number of media outlets, and now Moh has revealed he was “so conflicted” about the scene when he first read the script, because Lee “was literally a God” in his eyes.  

 However, he insisted Tarantino is known for upending expectations and they both greatly admire the late Enter the Dragon star.  

 “I can see how people might think Bruce got beat because of the impact with the car, but you give me five more seconds and Bruce would have won,” he told Birth.Movies.Death. “So, I know people are going to be up in arms about it, but when I went into my deep dive of studying Bruce, he more than anybody wanted people to know he’s human. And I think I respect him more knowing that he had these challenges, these obstacles, just like everybody. I don’t know any actor out there that doesn’t have some sense of wanting to be more – and I think that’s the sign of somebody that wants greatness, and will achieve greatness, always wanting more.” 

 Last week, Shannon told The Wrap she was “disheartened” to see her father, who died in 1973 aged 32, portrayed as “an arrogant a*shole who was full of hot air”. 

She added: “I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bad-a*s who could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn’t need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.” 

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Leonardo DiCaprio felt uncomfortable using flamethrower in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Leonardo DiCaprio was uncomfortable setting his co-stars on fire while filming a scene for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The Revenant star plays fictional actor Rick Dalton in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, alongside a star-studded cast including Brad …

Leonardo DiCaprio was uncomfortable setting his co-stars on fire while filming a scene for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Revenant star plays fictional actor Rick Dalton in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, alongside a star-studded cast including Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Margot Robbie, Luke Perry, and Damian Lewis.

In the film, faded TV star Dalton features in a movie called The 14 Fists of McCluskey, where he plays the role of a flamethrower-wielding Nazi hunter with an eye patch who sets a bunch of men on fire.

However, according to stunt coordinator Robert Alonzo, DiCaprio had major concerns about shooting the scene, as he had to use the weapon himself.

“Leo was not very gung-ho with all the flamethrower stuff. Literally, he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. And I completely understood it. Normally you use a stunt person in that spot to be able to manage firing a flamethrower at somebody,” Alonzo told the Huffington Post. “(Leo) is actually lighting them up and holding a flame to them for about seven to eight seconds as the flamethrower is traversing back and forth around eight guys that he’s never met.”

The Oscar-winning actor was finally convinced to do the scene after some “coaxing” by supervising stunt coordinator Zoe Bell. Following a flamethrower demonstration by Alonzo, who showed the 44-year-old how to safely handle the weapon, DiCaprio applauded the stunt team and decided to go ahead with the shot.

“That is psychologically difficult to do, so kudos to him on being able to stay in character and do that scene,” Alonzo added.

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Austin Butler had 12-hour audition for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Austin Butler had an epic 12-hour audition with Quentin Tarantino to land a part in his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The 27-year-old plays Manson Family cult member Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, one of Charles Manson’s followers who murdered pregnant…

Austin Butler had an epic 12-hour audition with Quentin Tarantino to land a part in his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The 27-year-old plays Manson Family cult member Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, one of Charles Manson’s followers who murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in 1969.

Butler described the audition process as “one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had,” and recalled to WWD that he sent the casting director a tape, not even knowing what role he was auditioning for.

“Normally you go into an audition and you’re there for 20 minutes and you’re gone. I was there for almost 12 hours, and he gave me the job at the end of the day. Which never happens,” Butler said. “We did a handshake deal at the end of the day and he said, ‘Do you want to do it?’ And I said, ‘Yes, you just made my life’ and I gave him a hug. And then I got back on a plane, went straight to the theatre and did a show that night, on a Tuesday.”

The actor, who recently appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver, recently won the coveted part of playing Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film about the icon and his relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Before news broke that he had beaten competition from fellow actors Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort for the role of Elvis, Butler told WWD that he had been going backwards and forwards to meetings with Luhrmann for a month.

“We’ve been sort of working together for the last month. I have signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), so I can’t talk about it at all, but yeah,” he shared.

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