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“I got reunited with my mom this year and that was really special. I hadn’t seen her in so long and when I hugged her for the first time — after quarantining, and getting tested, and doing the whole thing — she was wearing My Way,” says Adria Arjona, who is the face of the newest iteration of the fragrance, Giorgio Armani My Way Intense. “Now, this has upped the meaning of the perfume for me even more because it reminds me of someone that I love — and I smell like it, too.”
The original My Way, a blend of tuberose, vanilla, and bergamot — an “uplifting, joyful smell,” as she describes it — has become Arjona’s “everyday perfume.” For her, My Way Intense (quite literally intensified with sandalwood) is more of a statement: “I find it sexy. If you want an armor of confidence, you can spray it on, walk down the street, and feel great,” Arjona tells Allure.
The star of the soon-to-be-released Marvel film, Morbius, and Disney+’s Star Wars prequel series, Rogue One, radiates with confidence as we chat on Zoom — and in the unretouched campaign images of My Way. Here, Allure catches up with Arjona and learns just how she manages to always exude so much charisma.
On her new self-care ritual: “Before [COVID], my beauty routine was about looking nice wherever I would go. Throughout this whole year, it’s transitioned in a positive way. The main thing that’s changed is the importance that I give it and the time I give it. I’ve promised myself now that I’m back to work and traveling, to maintain that, no matter how late or early it is. Not to look good, but to take care of myself. I’ve fallen in love with it.”
On quality time: “My nighttime routine is my favorite. It’s where I strip down the whole day and get ready for bed. I really take my time with it. I have to double cleanse. I use an oil-based cleanser from Emma Hardy, which smells so good. It has orange blossoms and I’m a huge fan. And then I use the Tatcha The Rise Wash [which she discovered on the set of Star Wars]. I make sure I don’t have any residue on my face and then go through my serums and my moisturizer. Most of the time it’s Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum. And I make sure I have either a candle or music just to kind of wind down from the day.”
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Adria Arjona exudes a quiet confidence. It’s something I notice instantly, even though we’re speaking over Zoom and she’s thousands of miles away in Paris, where she’s staying for the next month to work on an upcoming film. Her calm aura is made even more impressive when we speak and it’s obvious that unlike most people, Arjona has stayed incredibly busy over the past two years of the pandemic: she filmed the upcoming Marvel blockbuster Morbius pre-lockdown, the newest Star Wars spin-off series in the height of the pandemic, and just wrapped the forthcoming remake of Father of the Bride, centered around a big Cuban American family (yes, she’s the bride). 2021 was no one’s year, but all signs point to 2022 being the year of Adria.
Along with her busy work schedule, Arjona is also the face of Armani Beauty’s beloved fragrance, My Way, and its newest iteration, My Way Intense (the latter being the reason for our long-distance conversation). “I tend to like woody smells mixed with a floral,” she says. “I wear My Way during the day and My Way Intense for an event or for dinner or when I want to have that armor of confidence.” Ahead, we discuss scent memories and the emotional power of fragrance, plus her go-to foundation, contouring tricks, and more.
What are the best smells in the world to you?
I think coffee is one of my favorite smells. Just waking up and having coffee… It’s like, ugh, okay, I’m going to be fine. Another one of my favorites is orange blossom. I think it’s so refreshing. It reminds me of childhood. I think it’s a happy fragrance, and coincidentally, My Way has a lot of orange blossom — hence why I love the fragrance so much.
How would you describe My Way Intense and how does it differ from the original My Way?
I think My Way Intense is like a layer of confidence. It makes me feel like a woman. It’s quite sexy, and I find it to be a really sensual fragrance. It’s very feminine with a touch of that sandalwood, which sort of gives it a lift. I think it’s very elegant. The original My Way is very joyful and inviting — an open fragrance. It smells very clean and fresh and it’s definitely a forever fragrance.
Do you have any advice for ways to embrace the spirit of travel, even if you’re staying home more than normal?
I think we forget that now thanks to the Internet, we don’t have to leave [our neighborhoods] to broaden our horizons and expand our knowledge. I think it makes us more empathetic — no, I don’t think, I know that it makes us more empathetic towards each other when we know a little bit more about our backgrounds, both culturally and personally. So, I would say read books, watch documentaries, watch movies from different countries, listen to music in Spanish, in German, in all different languages. Go to a different shop and have a conversation with that person. Have a genuine connection, even if it’s behind a mask. [I love] watching movies from different countries. Try reading books from outside of your comfort zone. Maybe instead of being on Instagram for 30 minutes, watch a documentary about Guatemala.
What are some of the biggest beauty lessons you’ve learned in your twenties?
I personally have gravitated more towards “less is more” — really embracing my natural skin, just the way I was born. I personally feel more confident that way than hiding behind a lot of makeup. It just doesn’t feel like myself. I prefer having less. Sometimes when I put on a little too much makeup, it makes me feel like I’m too much, and it makes me feel uncomfortable. But I think everything that I’ve learned is that beauty is so personal to the individual, and I think we all have to respect it and embrace it. If you feel beautiful that way, then amen to that. You do look beautiful.
Sometimes, makeup is part of someone’s culture and identity. Sometimes it’s non-existent and they feel perfectly fine without it. I think in all of my twenties, [I realized] as long as everyone feels beautiful with whatever they choose to wear or whatever the definition of beauty is for them, then that’s beautiful. I think we should stay away from judging or giving an opinion on it. If they think it’s beautiful, then it’s beautiful. You just have a different perspective.
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Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Carrie Brownstein (The Nowwhere Inn), Jerrod Carmichael (On the Count of Three), Fala Chen (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and Devon Ross have been cast opposite Alicia Vikander in Irma Vep, a limited series based on Olivier Assayas’ 1996 feature film.
The series, loosely based on the film, will be written and directed by Assayas and produced by the team behind HBO’s Euphoria: A24, Sam Levinson and Kevin Turen.
Feature film Irma Vep starred Maggie Cheung as herself and Jean-Pierre Leaud as a middle-aged French film director. It screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.
The series, which is set against the backdrop of a lurid crime thriller, follows Vikander’s Mira, an American movie star disillusioned by her career and a recent breakup who comes to France to star as Irma Vep in a remake of the French silent film classic, Les Vampires. Mira struggles as the distinctions between herself and the character she plays begin to blur and merge. Irma Vep reveals to us the uncertain ground that lies at the border of fiction and reality, artifice and authenticity, art and life.
Arjona will play Laurie, Mira’s ex-assistant and girlfriend. Things didn’t end well with Mira.
Brownstein portrays Zelda, Mira’s agent. She’s not interested in the vampires project and has far more lucrative offers for Mira.
Carmichael is Eamonn, Mira’s ex-boyfriend. He in Paris for a movie, and they haven’t seen each other since they broke up.
Chen plays Cynthia Keng, a rising star from Hong Kong hired by René Vidal to play Irma Vep’s provocative accomplice and part of the Vampires’ plans.
Ross is Revina, Mira’s assistant — a cinephile who soon will direct her first feature.
The limited series is exec produced by Assayas, Vikander, Sylvie Barthet, Levinson, Ashley Levinson, Turen through Little Lamb, Stuart Manashi, Ravi Nandan and Hallie Sekoff. Irma Vep is a Co-Production between HBO and A24.
Arjona is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Brownstein is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, UTA, and Morris Yorn. Carmichael is repped by Range Media Partners and UTA. Chen is repped by UTA and Anonymous Content. Ross is repped by Next Management and Independent Talent Group.