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A Christmas Conversation with Gerard Butler

8 December 2015

By Tricia Oliveira

Unveiled last year by BOSS Parfums at its new fragrance ambassador for BOSS BOTTLED, Gerard Butler personifies the modern day masculinity at the heart of its ad campaign – the belief that today's men are the best they have ever been.

With the holiday season already upon us, we find out from the Hollywood star, who is set to have a very busy 2016 as he features in several blockbusters in coming year, what Christmas means to him.


Would you say you enjoy all the traditions that come with Christmas?
Yes it's quite traditional; the whole family get together. There’s normally about 12-15 of us and we have a big Christmas dinner at my mother’s house, so everyone comes up to the Highlands of Scotland.

It's my favourite part of the year; it’s the time that the whole clan come together. You celebrate each other, and you catch up on everything. And I actually think Scotland is beautiful at Christmas, it’s cold but I’m in the Highlands, so often it’s snowing; it’s very magical. And then the big Christmas dinner brings back so much of my childhood.

Describe your perfect Christmas Day?
When I was a kid we all used to go to my aunt May’s house. If somebody had said to me, “You’re not going to aunt May’s house this year”, I would have thrown a fit because I looked forward to that experience all year.

Do you leave Christmas shopping to the last minute?
Throughout the year if I see something that I think would be good or if someone drops a hint, like they often do, I’ll get it early.

Other than that it’s normally a last minute dash, I often find myself at my mother’s house with her helping me wrap the last of the presents. Every year I say next year, I’m going to start earlier, but it never happens. And on maybe the two occasions that it has, in actual fact it's fun, it’s good to be rid of that stress and know that it’s all in order.

Do you indulge over the Christmas period?
Whenever I go home I eat very well, but at Christmas it just gets ridiculous. We pig out and sit around and play games and watch a lot of TV and films, so I splurge there.

What scent reminds you of Christmas?
When you're outside and it’s really fresh up in the Highlands and it’s snowing and it’s really cold. That’s the smell that reminds me of Christmas because the time that I’m always home in the winter is at Christmas, so that feels very Christmassy.

Do you think fragrance makes a good Christmas gift?
Fragrance is a great Christmas gift, I’m often given it myself and I often give it to other people. You can actually really tailor a fragrance to a person.

Half the excitement is, did you get it right? It's such a personal thing and you know that if you get it right it’s going to be on them, it’s going to be part of them for a while. I think you have an emotional response to fragrances. For the very reason that I like to wear them and I like to smell them on somebody else, then I think it's a nice gift.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
I do make New Year's resolutions and it’s such a great time to make them, coming into the New Year with a new energy and a new beginning.

I can't say I stick to all of them, but I do try and think of them on a daily basis.

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