Taking on roles in films such as Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down and The Mask of Zorro, has transformed Antonio Banderas into a bit of a Latin sex symbol in Hollywood, even at the age of 47. And it’s that very sexiness and sensuality that Puig Perfumery Center has captured in the Spanish actor’s new fragrance for women, Blue Seduction for Women, which he recently promoted in New York.
The actor and Puig took advantage of this event to also raise awareness for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a not-for-profit organization that raises money for AIDS victims in the U.S. To help the cause, Antonio Banderas Seductive Frangrances will donate a dollar to the organization for every bottle of Blue Seduction for Women that is sold during the winter holiday season.
Amid this presentation, we talked with Melanie Griffith’s husband, who spoke to us exclusively about his new fragrance and sensuality. Find out if he considers himself to be as sexy as we do.
How would you describe this fragrance?
Fresh and sensual. Those are the two concepts that have been driving this fragrance since the beginning.
And how did the concept of sensuality come about with this fragrance?
They worked on very conceptual level. They didn’t get me to try to come up with a scent, because I’m not a perfume expert, and I wouldn’t know how to do that. But what they tried to do was get a sense of my personality, to understand my passions, what I like. Do I like literature, or sports. Day or night. As you mature, a perfume should mature with you. And they have sought to bring maturity and a number of other elements to my fragrances.
Do you consider yourself a seducing and sensual man?
I’m going to be 48 in August, and I’ve already lost that objective perspective about myself. I look in the mirror, and I have not idea.
But you’re considered a very sensual man. How does that make you feel?
Like the good Spaniard that I am, I take everything with a grain of salt, and lots of levity. I don’t really pay attention to those things. I use it when it aids me with some character that calls for it. But I’m a fairly grounded person and I don’t really indulge in those kinds of labels. In any case, the moment that I know I’m sensual is probably the same moment I’d lose that sensuality. If you start believing it, then it becomes something else, and that’s not how it should be.
Does Melanie ever tell you you’re sexy?
Of course, or she wouldn’t have married me. And I consider her very sexy too, despite the fact that we’ve matured a lot since we met each other 15 years ago. And that’s life, and I like to take life as it comes.