M.   /   September 01, 2007   /   7 Comments

And, now, the final part of Eva’s Numéro interview.

“Why do you perform mostly in English?
Jeremy Thomas, the producer of The Dreamers, incentivated me to try the casting of the Ridley Scott film, Kingdom of Heaven. Everything went with the flow of things. Then, people say that I don’t want to film in France, but it’s not true. But I’ve happened to make only five films, and only one French, Arsène Lupin.

It’s a surprising trajectory for a young Parisian woman.
The English language is quite practical because I keep a distance from myself, so performing is easier. There’s almost a robotic side that I like. That said, I’m not an inveterate fan of the United States. I have an American agent, but I don’t like Los Angeles very much, except for Venice Beach, where my boyfriend lives. There’s something tense about this city, a way of walking around without really meeting others that stresses me. In general, I only spend two weeks there to go to castings, meet studio bosses… I’m not one to make conversation. I had a bourgeois education, I’m polite, but the blah blah blah…

Hollywood doesn’t fascinate you?
It’s difficult to have a coherent trajectory there. The studios are more important than the directors, even if he’s called Ridley Scott. It’s scary, it’s almost them who make the films.

You’re not interested in the glamour?
Yes, of course! I made the James Bond film because of that. But it’s first of all a game. On the red carpet, I have fun being a woman, while in every day life, I’m the first one who doesn’t respect the femininity codes. I go and put on the easiest clothes because it annoys me! I almost never wear skirts, I don’t put make up for three hours. I sometimes have a tomboy side. So I like to wear a beautiful gown or make a photoshoot to change airs.

What are your references?
Because I have a taste for contrast, I reject the looks that are too natural, such as ‘be yourself’… Along with my hairdresser and my make up stylist, we love what is excentric and theatrical. For the photoshoot that goes together with this interview, we wanted to create a fourties theme, a period that I like very much.

Let’s go back to Casino Royale, the James Bond film. I was the first one to be surprised: it’s a very good film. Your role is very far from the typical bimbo.
I was very surprised myself. Before reading the script, I was sure that the female character would be a bunch of clichés. From the first pages, I loved its intelligence and the partnership between Bond and Vesper, there are some obligatory action film scenes, but there are other moments that are completely out of the genre. I think of the scene that’s very Eva Marie Saint, in the train, when Daniel Craig and I have a very long dialogue in an ambiguous way… The director really wanted a verbal tennis match. We spent lots of time on it. In fact, the shooting was almost like a family thing! The producer, Barbara Broccoli, fought for every scene. So I didn’t really experience the big Hollywood machine.

Are you in the system or out of the system?
The idea of a career plan is beyond me, and in Hollywood, even children have one!

I perceive you like almost off-hand…
I’m mostly contemplative… I tell myself that things will fall down from the skies. The only initiative that I ever took in my life was to write a letter to Jean-Paul Rappeneau when I was 13. It didn’t really work out…

What’s your acting technique? Your method?
I want to have everything in my head, a bit like at school. To work without a script, like Mike Leigh or Gus Van Sant, I would only be able to do it with the director’s trust. I had a preview with Michael Pitt in The Dreamers. He never learnt his lines! He read them the morning when he was doing his hair. He pushed me to the top.

Are you sure of yourself from now on?
I’ll feel like an actress at 80, maybe! We always have the impression that we’re stealing something. People say that I look very determined, and it surprises me. I wouldn’t act anymore if I was sure of myself. It happened to me very often to not attend an audtion because I lacked confidence. If I don’t have a minimum of time to prepare myself, I get paralyzed. That said, I don’t stop jumping on new projects: I played a witch in the first installment of a huge fantasy trilogy, The Golden Compass. Soon, I’ll play in a first film, Franklyn, with Paul Bettany and Ewan McGregor.

Still no French cinema!
I’d really like to find a good French film… But I don’t receive enough interesting scripts. I’d love to work with Audiard, Assayas or Desplechin… In the meantime, I play the queen of the witches for the Americans!”

7 Responses to “Midnight Star #3”
  1. Monique Says:

    Brava, Eva!!!

    A bit picky with her roles, isn’t she? Well, that’s good…she doesn’t take whatever’s tossed at her without even looking at it…

    Uh, who’s Jean-Paul Rappeneau?

  2. George Says:

    Monique: Jean-Paul Rappeneau is a French writer and director (I checked in Google).
    Mariana: Thanks again for your time to translate it for all of us that we were fooling around during the French courses in School…

  3. spot Says:

    thanks again Mariana. eva always gives interesting interviews!

  4. sheem Says:

    im so proud of you ur one of a kind.i will always here 4 you,no matter wat happen.i hope you and daniel are true coupe in real life.i can’t wait 2 c your next movie with daniel again…..take carte always and Godbless you always……………..mwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…………te amo.

  5. Eugenie Says:

    Great interview!! I love this site and i hope eva sees how much we like her!
    Love from Argentina

  6. ninon Says:

    Eva and Daniel may be a couple onscreen, but in real life, her boyfriend is Marton Csokas who played her husband in Kingdom of Heaven.

  7. Monique Says:

    Thanks George!!