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Suki Waterhouse Says She Spent 10 Years of Her Life Obsessing Over The Sims

The model and Detective Pikachu actress told us all about it ahead of the AMO Ferragamo fragrance event.

By: Samantha Sutton
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

Suki Waterhouse has grand plans to read a few pages of her book before heading to the AMO Ferragamo fragrance event. But as her makeup artist covers her eyes in sparkly pink shadow, and music blasts out of a portable speaker while I shout my questions toward her, she realizes it’s a lost cause. “I like to pretend I’ll be able to,” she admits, after I ask about the book that sits open on her lap. “I like to at least try.”

But the truth is, Waterhouse likely has very little time for reading. Tonight she’s getting fancy and celebrating the fragrance for which she is the face. But a quick scan of recent headlines—many of which seem to announce that Suki’s starring in yet another major film—and it looks as if the rest of the year is pretty booked up for her as well. She also tells me she plans on getting a dog soon. “I’ve worked out the thought today. It’s happening.”

So, nope—very little time for reading. But thankfully, we can chat, and chat we do. As I watch one eye transform into a complete, jaw-dropping makeup look, she tells me about everything under the sun, from how a spritz of Amo makes her feel, to her 10-year obsession with The Sims, and even what she plans on naming her future pup.

The songs on her getting-ready playlist: “One of my favorite hip-hop songs ever is a song called 'Swing' by Savage. Every time, it gets me. I also have my ‘The-plane-has-got-a-little-bit-turbulent-I-think-I’m-going-to-go-down’ playlist. Like when you think the plane is going to go down? I have a playlist for that. 'Bittersweet Symphony' is the song. And I’m always looking around like, who I’m going to eat on the plane first. You know that documentary Stranded? I always think of that.”

“We’re going really bright tonight. I know I’m going to be like, ‘Ahhh,’ but I’m basically hoping to look like the Ferragamo AMO bottle.”

“I like to describe [the fragrance] as kind of extra. It just smells a bit extra. It just makes me feel fully dressed. Even if I’m not going to put a lot of effort into my outfit. I’ve never really been a fragrance person, so now I’m basically just going to wear this and actually have a signature scent. The smell makes me feel very complete.”

Why she ate a ton of bread while shooting Ferragamo’s AMO campaign: “You just get really well fed in Italy. It’s a compulsory part of your working time, to just be fed a lot. We had lots of bread breaks. I think they were quite shocked, really. And they would be really encouraging. ‘Just eat more of everything!’”

On her love for a good scrub: “Who doesn’t love a scrub? In L.A., they have Korean spas where sometimes you can get scrubbed so hard, you can have scrapes. That’s happened to a few people that [I] know. You draw blood, a tiny bit. It’s true. So there’s too much exfoliating—everyone should be aware of that. It can go too far.”

On 2018 being her year of major acting projects: “I’m really excited about everyone seeing Assassination Nation, because it’s a really great film. I just saw it the other day for the first time. It’s just fun to watch a film and be really entertained by it. Even though I knew the story before and was part of making the film, I watched it as an audience member and rediscovered a whole new love for it. It rose up all different questions for myself.”

“Acting was one of those things I was thinking about a lot when I was working and not doing it. You know when you really want to do something and you’re not doing it, you sort of shove it in the corner of your mind? But then I just kept thinking about it, kept thinking about it, and things started happening that helped it along. Somebody sent me on an audition for Dear Rosie, and I got an agent from that. It just sort of started with an instinct for it, and then things started happening to make it happen.”

On starring in the live-action Pokémon film, Detective Pikachu: “It’s going to be fun. I’ve got slight pink hair. It’s washed out though, I have to get it back. And one pink eyebrow.”

“My mom didn’t really let me have [Pokémon cards growing up], but I remember that going on at the playground. I think she wasn’t going to let me have another one of those things because I was really heavily into The Sims. That took up like, 10 years of my life. It really did. I was obsessed with it. I just absolutely loved it. Nothing like seeing those Sims rise to the top and marry.”

“I’m going to be honest, I haven’t tried Pokémon Go yet. I need to. I remember it happening, because you’d drive past a field and there would be people with their kids—sort of around bedtime—nestled into the forest. It was quite odd.”

What she’ll be naming her new dog: “I haven’t even thought about it. I don’t know why I was thinking Simon earlier. I might go really straight. I know, Simon [is] such a real basic—I want it to be basic. I am basic. I’m so basic. I just want Suki and Simon. I don’t need some extravagant name. Simon is going to have a nice life, anyway.”

And why she won’t create an Instagram for them: “I want to spend as little time on Instagram as possible. Little as possible. I’m sure Simon will be featured [on mine].”

What luxury means to her: “Luxury, to me, means comfort. It might be a new puppy—something that makes you feel like the luckiest girl in the world, even if it’s something you have all the time.”

Makeup by Vincent Oquendo; Hair by Owen Gould at The Wall Group using Oribe

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