The actor is the face of Armani Beauty’s newest perfume, My Way—inspired by travel, even if that lately arrives in a Gabriel García Márquez book.
In a parallel universe, a video chat with Adria Arjona might have seen the actress beamed in from a faraway movie set or a beach vacation to her native Puerto Rico. That’s the benefit of having the technological means to track a life in perpetual motion. “I really grew up on a tour bus, which was this magical place full of creativity and craziness,” Arjona told Vanity Fair last year, describing her childhood on the road, alongside her father, the Guatemalan musician Ricardo Arjona. “Sometimes I’d have breakfast in Guatemala and go to sleep in Mexico,” she once put it.
But when we speak in late July, Arjona is stationed in Los Angeles, where she has lived since landing a breakout role in True Detective’s second season. “I don’t think I’ve ever spent four months in one specific place,” the 28-year-old says into the screen. Her hair is smoothed back, showing off punctuation-mark eyebrows. A thin gold necklace, in the style of an Edwardian paper-clip chain, gives our conversation the feel of a time hop.
Travel isn’t on the docket in a summer of pandemic, but it’s still front of mind. Arjona is the face of Armani Beauty’s latest perfume, My Way, billed as a love letter to exploration and shared experience. The campaign film is something of a whistle-stop tour, from flamenco in Spain to a tea ceremony in Japan. Meanwhile, the fragrance—housed in a refillable glass bottle, with a production goal to be carbon-neutral—mirrors that global impulse. Tuberose, sourced from a village near Mysore, India, melds with jasmine and Italian bergamot; notes of vanilla come from a sustainable operation out of Madagascar.
Can a perfume ease wanderlust? Or perhaps the cure arrives in a book, Arjona explains in the interview below. She shares her nostalgia-tinged reading, olfactory postcards from travels past, and how her role in Marvel’s upcoming Morbius (postponed to March 2021) resonates with the current moment.)
Head over to Vanity Fair to read the interview with Adria!