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Susan Sarandon's film roles determine her fragrance choice

Susan Sarandon has cited Vanessa Redgrave as her beauty inspiration, because she has brains as well as looks.

Susan Sarandon adopts a new perfume for every character she plays.

The Hollywood actress, who turns 70 in October (16), is a big beauty fan and has a special soft spot for fragrances. Discussing her signature scent, Susan explained how her choice of fragrance all depends on what project she’s working on. Having been in front of the camera since the '70s, Susan's scent choice has changed more than 100 times over the years.

"I don't have a signature scent as such, but I prefer masculine scents like Sandalwood - Eva from the Italian perfumer Santa Maria Novella is a favourite,” she told “I tend to adopt a new perfume when I take on a new role. For instance Bal a Versailles by Jean Desprez was referred to in Twilight, a movie I did with Paul Newman, so I wore that when filming."

Her youthful looks saw her appointed as an ambassador for L’Oreal in January (16) alongside other big names like Julianne Moore, 55, Helen Mirren, 71, and 47-year-old Naomi Watts. Susan is a big fan of the brand and relies on its Extraordinary Oil Sleeping Cream at night and SPF 30 Revitalift during the day.

When it comes to her beauty icon, Susan idolises someone who has brains as well as looks.

"I really look up to Vanessa Redgrave, I think she's very beautiful but she's also very engaged with the world. I'm not that interested in people that are pretty but not engaged,” she explained.

As for how Susan keeps in shape, the Thelma & Louise star puts her svelte figure down to a lot of walking living in New York.

"I also have a bicycle which I take on the bike lane on the West Side Highway, and when I can I go to the gym and do some kind of weight training,” she added.

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