French actress Juliette Binoche wears specific perfumes to get into character for her roles, she tells Hermione Eyre in ES Magazine (14 Sept 2012). The thinking man's croissant and star of Chocolat and The English Patient will be playing Mademoiselle Julie in an updated version of the Strindberg classic at the Barbican next week -- and she has Miss J's fragrance all picked out: the essence of myrrh. Here's more on myrrh from Juliette:
"I once went traveling to Palestine, Israel -- I want to call it both names -- and I found this perfume. It's mysterious, it's deep and it's actually mentioned in the play because it's related to Midsummer's Eve. It's also the perfume of death.
|"It's either the perfume of death, Miss Julie - or your Odor Eaters."|
"Sometimes I put it on before I go on stage, but not every night. Rituals can help you to enter a realm of being, an emotional state, because a ritual helps you descend a certain path, but at the same time, I want each night to belong to itself only, so I don't do the same thing every night."
Mlle. Julie photo: Patrick Roux