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We're doing it for the FAME. Rabanne's new scent returns this year, this time with intensity and gleaming golden. With notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang, pink pepper, sandalwood, bergamot and coconut water. A spicy, warm, addictive scent for captivating, bold women. Elle Fanning returns as the FAME ambassador, the embodiment of that glittering Rabanne glamour. We spoke to the actress about becoming the woman she is and the FAME effect:

You have been an actor most of 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 become these 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 3 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 2 is my absolute favorite costume I have gotten to wear.

After a day on the set, what do you do for fun? Guilty pleasures?

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 weekday, after work I take a long bath and watch reality TV!

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.

What do like about the fragrance, FAME classic?

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.

FAME’s storytelling is very Parisian. What does Paris represent for you?

Paris has always been a favorite city of mine! It’s chic and exciting. I love visiting Paris and welcome any excuse to go there!