This year is shaping up to be‘s best one yet–and that’s saying a lot, considering the 26-year-old actress already has films like The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short under her belt. Besides starring in summer blockbusters Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan, she’s also the face of Calvin Klein’s fragrance, Deep Euphoria. “It’s genuinely the one I wear,” she said, of the modern scent.
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Margot’s perfume IQ has risen significantly since she was gifted her first fragrance as a kid: “I remember it said Eau de Toilette and I thought my mum had given me toilet spray and I was like, why did she do that?”
Here, the blonde bombshell spills her beauty secrets, exercise regime and why she’ll never give up cheese…
Take three products out of your make-up bag–what are they and why have they earned a place in there?
There’s Peter Thomas Roth complexion correction pads, because I’m on a plane every five seconds, and I can’t wash my face. I hate that feeling, but then I use these pads and my face feels really good.
Also, Caudalie facial mist—it’s the nicest smell. And then my lip balm, I use Bepanthen, which is actually a nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers or diaper rash cream for babies. I have a conspiracy theory that lip balms actually have additives in them to dry your lips out so you keep buying them. But because Bepanthen is just a cream for dry skin, it works. It’s what I’ve used my whole life.
What is the best beauty tip you’ve ever learned, and who was it from?
My friend taught me this trick that I use it every day. When I put on foundation, I use an eyebrow brush or toothbrush to brush it into my hairline so that it all blends. Especially because I have blonde hair but tanned skin, if I don’t blend it, it looks gross—you can see the foundation in my hair.
I do that every single day, and every time my husband [Tom Ackerley] is like, “What are you doing?” And I say, “I’m brushing my make-up into my hairline!” And he’s like, “Girls are crazy.”
If you have a photoshoot/TV appearance tomorrow, how do you prepare your skin?
For photoshoots, I don’t even worry anymore because with photoshop these days if I wake up with a massive pimple I’m like, they’re gonna airbrush it out, it doesn’t matter. I get more scared when I’m filming.
If I eat or drink heaps of dairy, my skin breaks out. I love dairy and I have it all the time but if I’m filming or if my skin is really shit, then I try to cut down and just drink lots of water. But I pretend cheese isn’t dairy because I will never accept that I can’t have it. I love it.
What was the last song you downloaded?
I’ve been listening obsessively to ‘Lemonade’, especially that song ‘Hold Up’. It has that reggae vibe I’m really into.
What was the last thing you Googled?
This is such a good question! Let me check my phone…Last thing I Googled was a map of Hungary. I’m working in Budapest and I was trying to figure out what the bordering countries were and if I could do any weekend trips. I was very happy to see Croatia was so close by, because I had the best time of my life there.
What would your last meal on earth be?
Cheese, cheese, cheese. Or a burger. I adore burgers. Probably it would be the truffle burger from Umami and a really nice IPA, like a German wheat beer.
What three words that best describe your fitness philosophy:
Reluctant, fun and sporadic. My version of exercising is going to do a dance class you go with a friend. It’s really fun and it’s exercise at the same time.
Who or what never fails to make you laugh?
Jay Hernandez, who plays Diablo in Suicide Squad. Out of everyone I’ve ever worked with he is the funniest f*cking guy in the whole world. He just does dad jokes the whole time but I am like his key audience.
I just like pee myself laughing. He doesn’t do comedy and his character is really serious so no one knows how funny he is. I’m like, you should do SNL!
What would your career plan B have been?
When I was little I wanted to own hotels. I’m certain I would have started some sort of company [if I hadn’t gone into acting] because I think I am quite business-savvy. So either owning hotels, or being a scuba diving instructor or sky-diving instructor. Some sort of instructor where I could live somewhere cool and do something fun every day.