Actor Lyna Khoudri enters the spectacular world of Chanel fragrances at the Le Grand Numéro de Chanel exhibition, wearing exquisite creations from the Cruise 2023 Ready-to-Wear collection.
As the curtain rises on the interactive fragrance exhibition Le Grand Numéro de Chanel in Paris, a festive, multi-sensory show comes to life. In a celebration of Chanel’s rich olfactory heritage, larger-than-life perfume bottles share space with virtual-reality enriched historic moments such as the creation of the iconic N°5, crafting a grand experience that’s as much artistic as it is olfactory. And inhabiting that spectacular, treasured world full of extraordinary creations is Lyna Khoudri.
The Algerian-French actor, who has been a Chanel ambassador since 2022, walking the Cruise 2022/23 show in Monaco in May, recently took a whimsical journey through the exhibition, wearing dazzling creations from the Chanel Cruise 2023 collections. A friend of Chanel since her participation in the Revelations in 2020 project, of which the fashion house is an official partner, Khoudri is a loyal champion of the House, regularly wearing its creations and often attending its events, including the Métiers d’Art show in Dakar in December. Here, she reflects on her glittering, vibrant world of film, fashion, and fragrances.
What’s a day in the life of Lyna Khoudri like?
It depends on the day. A day of shooting varies a lot. You can be called in at 3am or 6pm; there are no real rules, it’s a roller coaster. On days when I’m not working, I like to sleep in, wake up slowly, and hang out in bed. If the weather is nice, have lunch on a terrace in Paris. If it’s bad, I like to stay under the comforter and watch a movie. During the day, there’s always a call to my mom. And then I have a WhatsApp group with my friends, and we can meet at any time, without planning anything ahead. It’s very spontaneous because we love being together.
What are the highlights of your relationship with Chanel so far?
The moment when Virginie Viard asked me to walk in a fashion show, and then the show in Monaco. I would never have thought that one day I would walk in a fashion show. It was like a little girl’s dream. An enchanted dream.
Chanel has a long history of creating some of the most iconic fragrances in the world. What is your favorite Chanel fragrance?
Coco Mademoiselle. When I was a child, I was not allowed to touch my mother’s N°5, she said I was not yet old enough. And one day, there was Coco Mademoiselle. “Mademoiselle” was me, it gave me a form of legitimacy, and it is the first Chanel perfume that I had and the one that I particularly like – it makes me feel good.
Fragrance is so intimate – how do you as an actor maintain your intimacy?
I try to stay close to my family. This is my bubble, where I feel safe, not judged. They make me feel good and reassure me. I also like to get away from Paris, to have little retreats and to switch off my phone. It does me a lot of good to take a step back.
You have chosen roles that explore different Algerian stories – and roles written and directed by Algerian women. Most recently the film Houria by Mounia Meddour. Can you tell us about your own personal experience with Algeria and how these characters have empowered you?
I have the chance to act in several languages and the chance to have made several films in Algeria, which fills me with joy. Acting in Arabic is different from French, in the energy, the relationship to the body – for example in Arabic my characters have lower voices, it is more in the belly, my hands accompany more what I say… These are details that I notice over time. Besides, I like to participate in a new generation of Algerian cinema, with powerful filmmakers and a strong message.
Who is the director you love the most?
I have a great passion for Cassavetes. He based a lot of his work on the actor, and takes his actors to rare places. It’s a great inspiration.
How would you describe your personal style?
I would say simple and minimalist. But I also sometimes like strong, colorful pieces that I can mix with basics.
Originally published in the January 2023 issue of Vogue Arabia
Makeup for all looks: Les Beiges Eau de Teint Medium; Le Correcteur De Chanel 21 & 31
Makeup: Elsa Durrens at WSM
Style: Elena Psalti
Hair: Jean-Luc Amarin at WSM
Producer: Danica Zivkovic
On-set producer: Cenk Cikla
Photography assistants: Hélène Bozzi, Nina Charlotte Linneman