May 12, 2021

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talks Acting, Inspiration and Scent

PARIS — Aaron Taylor-Johnson is Givenchy’s latest leading man, fronting the house’s advertising campaign for its new men’s scent, Gentleman.
The English actor’s breakout movie was a biography of John Lennon, “Nowhere Boy,” dating from 2009. Following that, he appeared in “Kick-Ass” and as the lead in “Savages,” “Anna Karenina,” “Godzilla” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
For his performance in Tom Ford’s thriller “Nocturnal Animals,” out last year, Taylor-Johnson was given the Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in a motion picture, plus a nomination for best actor in a supporting role. He most recently played in Doug Liman’s movie “The Wall.”
Taylor-Johnson sat down in a suite of the Ritz Paris with WWD this week to discuss acting, inspiration and what constitutes a gentleman of today.
WWD: Has fragrance long been important in your life?
Aaron Taylor-Johnson: Yes, fragrance can be extremely powerful. I have always enjoyed the essence of smells. As an actor, I even like to embrace different smells [of] characters. They wouldn’t necessarily be good ones, though. [For] some of the roles that I’ve played recently, it wouldn’t be necessarily fancy, beautiful smells. But I think everyone has their natural essence, and it’s like your DNA.
WWD: Is it different being the

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