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You actually got a sample of the real Mrs. Potter's perfume made up to get into character. How do details like that help and do you usually go to such lengths to get to the truth of who you're playing?
Helena Bonham Carter:
I usually do, actually. My son, one of his friends' mothers is a perfumer and for a few characters now, we discuss the character and she makes up a perfume. It really does help. Obviously, you can't smell it offscreen -- it's not a scratch-and-sniff performance. But for me it helps because it brings a whole atmosphere. [Recently] I did "Enid" on television [a biopic of the British children's author during the '40s and '50s], which I had sort of this white powder essence and it was such a period smell of its time. Then [for "Toast"], Topaz is this really cheap 1960s perfume that Nigel's stepmom wore, which bizarrely I wore at lunch once with Nigel and he really was in shock. I could see him go pale because he just thought it was a ghost appearing, in fact it was just the smell.
I think smells like sounds can be so much immediately affecting. I tend to do a smell for each part, really. I'm playing an alcoholic now, so I'm just smelling of bourbon and cigarettes. But I could do a line of perfumes of all my characters. "Harry Potter" was just a mixture of poisonous plants - Belladonna, poison ivy, grass, a sort of wet grass - it's a horrible smell, but it really does help.
I had to go out of state to get the Edward Scissorhands one.
Oh wow lol I bet it was worth it! I wanted to go back for it but when I did I couldn’t find it again :/
Anonymous: Where did you get your Johnny Depp tee?
Hot Topic, they have a lot of them. Mostly from his movie Cry Baby but i’ve seen one from Edward Scissorhands. I also saw a tank top one in Forever 21 which was also from his movie Cry Baby
36/100 ♔ Helena Bonham Carter
AU Meme: HBC as Idris/Tardis
Anonymous: i saw the pictures on your face page and i was wondering what does your hair look like straight, it looks so long when its curled! :)
Oh you found the page! Hehe, those photos are actually a couple months old and my hair has grown a lot. I don’t usually straighten it but the other day I got my hair ombre and a couple of inches trimmed off so it’s straight and here’s a pic of it
Helena Bonham Carter appearances, 2011
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