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StarStyle: Scarlett Fever

Now, September 22, 2004
By Rachel Fiddel

Tucked away in the heart of New York's achingly hip Meatpacking District is the city's new ultra-luxurious Hotel Gansevoort. We're in Scarlett Johansson's penthouse suite, which has views over the Hudson River and the rooftop bool of Soho House that featured in Sex And The City. Curled up on the huge window sofa with her legs tucked under her, Scarlett's dressed head-to-toe in Calvin Klein neutrals. Her baby-blonde waves, creamy skin and butter-wouldn'tmelt expression seem at odds with that sexy, gravelly voice.

At only 19 years old, Scarlett oozes laid-back confidence, but surprisingly she chats to me as if we're old girlfriends catching up on gossip.

Scarlett's beauty routine

What are your favourite skincare products?
I use the Shiseido Benefiance anti-ageing range [£28-£52]. I think prevention's always better than cure.

Best beauty secret?
Always wash your face before you go to bed and moisturise, moisturise, moisturise in the morning. My mum taught me that and she has the most amazing skin, so I trust her.

What's in your make-up bag?
I'm a Q-tip [Boots White Cotton Buds, 100 for 44p] and Vaseline [99p for 20g] kinda girl. I never leave home without Q-tips - they're a great fix for any make-up emergency.

What's your biggest beauty indulgence?
Moisturising creams and facial massages.

Is your skin easy to look after?
According to my dermatologist, my skin reacts best if I change products and don't use the same stuff all the time.

Do you have any bargain beauty favourites?
I think Vaseline Intensive Care [£1.99-£3.99] is great for the body.

How do you look after your hair?
I always take my own shampoo and conditioner when I'm travelling - there's nothing worse than using hotel hair products. I'm using Kerastase [Resistance range, £8.80-£18.80] at the moment to put some life back into my hair, because I've just gone very blonde, so it needs extra care.

Who does your hair?
I usually go to the Frederic Fekkai salon [Frederic Fekkai, 15 East 57th Street, New York, 212 753 9500 and 444 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California, 310 777 8700].

You've been red, brunette and blonde - which do you prefer?
I was so upset when I had to go dark. I really like having light hair, but it's easier to hide with darker hair. People in the street look at you much more if you're blonde.

What's your instant glamour tip?
When I want to feel glamorous, I wear red lipstick. Even when you're sick, it makes you feel great. You can wear it so easily with just moisturiser. Any old red will do - I'm happy to try anything.

Who are your beauty icons?
Marlene Dietrich was so stylish and Marilyn Monroe was beautiful, too.

Do you have any bad beauty habits?
My nails are normally really neglected, but when I'm on set, I tend to self-manicure.

Any beauty splurges?
I love to get massages, but a bad one will make you feel worse, so I have to go to someone I know is good.

What do you do to relax?
I read a lot, rent a lot of movies, I like to have long hot baths. I complain to co-stars about the day's filming - that kinda thing.

How does it feel to be the new face of Calvin Klein Eternity fragrance?
It's a huge honour. Amazingly beautiful women such as Christy Turlington have been Eternity women. You can wear the scent every day - it's romantic and floral, but it's also a bold statement because it's so womanly.

Do you have a favourite scent that you wear?
I used to wear a lot of oils and liked the sweet ones, especially vanilla - I smelt like a cookie! My mum wears Thierry MugIerAngel [£50 for 50m1], which is very sweet. It always reminds me of her.

How do you like your man to smell?
I like to smell my own perfume on men! And I like men to smell clean - that's very important.

How do you feel about being in an industry that's so based on the way you look?
Everyone's so damned skinny! It's shocking meeting other celebrities who are scarily thin. I'm slim but curvy and I like the way I am. I'm never going to be a rail.

How do you manage to stay in shape?
I'm lucky. I have a 19-year-old's o metabolism so I don't have any real exercise regime. I made a tennis film recently [Synergy, set to be released 7 January 2005], which was great for cardio exercise. I looked good then, but not so much now.

Scarlett's style

How would you describe your style?
I try to be comfortable and sophisticated. I'm from New York City and I think when you're born in New York you have that in-built sense of style, being both functional and fabulous.

Whose sense of style do you most admire?
Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwen Stefani and Diane Lane always look beautiful.

Favourite designers?
I like Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. And I love the simplicity and wearability of Calvin Klein.

What's your favourite item of clothing?
I'd never leave home without my black cashmere wrap. It's like a security blanket - I sleep in it, but I can also wear it with an evening gown.

Are you aware of setting style trends?
Because I'm 19, I'm a pretty clean slate style-wise. I feel free to create the look I want and I don't have to conform to what people think I should be wearing.

What made you go for the Marilyn-inspired look at the Oscars this year?
My dress was very 50s as I wanted to look like a classic movie star. Plus I just wanted to look as pretty as the dress.

Scarlett on her work

How do you cope with the pressures of fame?
Sometimes it all feels overwhelming. It's best not to change too many things - I still go to the movies, to museums and to the park on my own. I can separate my public life from my private time when I go out without make-up on and do normal stuff.

Who do you admire in the acting world?
I think Keira Knightley's really great and I've always liked Winona Ryder and Parker Posey.

Who would you like to work with?
One day I'd like to work with Robert De Niro - and Johnny Depp wouldn't be so bad!

How do you handle press intrusion?
I try not to let untrue things affect me. The people I love know the truth. The press aren't easy on me - I thought they would be as I'm only 19, but they're not.


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