Who epitomises style and masculinity for you?
As a kid I loved the iconic Hollywood stars – Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Sean Connery’s Bond. They all have a great sense of style coupled with a relaxed attitude. They don’t have anything to prove. My father, my grandfather and my brothers represent the same thing for me. They have a sense of purpose and strength, but also an ability to laugh at things. My dad is very masculine but he never feels like he has to prove it to anyone. I think that’s very cool.
There’s a picture of my grandfather when he was in the navy in the 30s, walking down the street and wearing this impeccable suit. He has a pocket square, his hair is done immaculately, he has a bright smile, and the camera is imbued by everything that the period suggests. To me, that image is personal and very poignant in terms of style.
Is BOSS The Scent your first fragrance campaign?
It is indeed. As an actor, you get certain opportunities and this one really fitted for me. I grew up seeing BOSS campaigns and liked the sense of old-school cool. This particular fragrance is a little different – there is a darker side to it, an element of seduction and mystery, which is interesting. Maybe I share some of those darker tones.
So how would you describe your personal style?
I like to be fairly classic and quite masculine. If you feel sharp, that’s going to reflect how you come across. I’m not one for huge flamboyance, and wearing a well-cut suit makes me feel good. That is how I have always dressed. Although, like everyone, I look back on my 20-year-old self and cringe!
How was it working with Darren Aronofsky, who directed the film?
Darren is a very cool guy, with a unique visual style, and he made it very easy and fun. Being an actor, the first day on set was a bit surreal for me. Normally I am used to having a script and a character and everything that comes with doing a film. This was more a mood piece.
What do you find seductive?
Mystery. Even though I’m an actor, I don’t love sharing everything about myself. I think it is always good to keep a little bit for yourself. A little bit of mystery has ebbed away because now, for better or worse, we live in a very exposing society where everyone can see, if you choose to, everyone’s business. You see what they are having for breakfast and where they are, what they are doing. That classic idea of mystery is very seductive and very addictive. Not knowing every single thing about a person, not knowing what they are thinking. That is very powerful and it would be a shame if we lost that.
IT TAKES TWO
Theo was joined by model Natasha Poly to create the smouldering film for The Scent, directed by Darren Aronofsky