M.   /   December 27, 2007   /   4 Comments

By Fiona Pryor
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Actress Eva Green has come a long way since making her film debut in Bernardo Bertolucci’s risque The Dreamers four years ago.

In the last 12 months, the French star has really made her mark in the film industry, after a career-defining role in Bond film Casino Royale.

In February, members of the public voted for her to win the rising star award at the Baftas.

A month later, she was named best female newcomer at the Empire Awards for her portrayal of treasury agent, and James Bond’s first love, Vesper Lynd.

“It’s nice to be recognised in England as an actress,” says the 27-year-old.

“It’s quite flattering because you’re recognised a bit more, but it hasn’t changed my career.

“I don’t know – maybe in three years. We’ll see.”

Hollywood spotlight

Green has recently teamed up again with Bond co-star Daniel Craig for fantasy blockbuster The Golden Compass, in which she plays witch queen Serafina Pekkala.

The actress has also just finished shooting Franklyn, a London-set drama in which she plays two characters – one of whom is an experimental video artist.

She says the films are “very different” and “very independent” of one another – although she insists they are both “quite well made”.

Daughter of French actress Marlene Jobert, Green started off in theatre after going to drama school in both France and London.

It was Green’s performance in The Dreamers that convinced director Ridley Scott to cast her in his 2005 epic Kingdom of Heaven, a film about the Crusades.

She was only hired a week before filming began, which Green said she found both “stressful” and “exciting”.

Despite poor reviews, the film made more than $200m (£98m) worldwide, and thrust Green firmly into the Hollywood spotlight.

But the actress turned down the next role she was offered – in Brian De Palma’s noir thriller The Black Dahlia – fearing she would be typecast as a femme fatale after playing a similar role in The Dreamers.

As Green’s career continues to reach new levels of stardom, passing on major roles could become something she does more often.

4 Responses to “Bond star Green rises to the top”
  1. Monique Says:

    Yeah…a lot has happened in the past twelve months on the Eva scene…
    And now that I stop and think about it, every role she took did make a special mark and have a sort of meaning to it, they’re all controversial in their own way, and she’s surprised us with them all: Isabelle in The Dreamers, Clarisse in Arsene Lupin, Sibylla in Kingdom of Heaven, Vesper in Casino Royale, Serafina in The Golden Compass, and soon Emilia in Franklyn…

    Go, Eva!!! Whoo!!! Can’t wait for Franklyn!!!

  2. EvaAnne Says:

    “And now that I stop and think about it, every role she took did make a special mark and have a sort of meaning to it, they’re all controversial in their own way”

    I was thinking the same thing! So I completely agree with you, Monique.

    I can’t wait for Franklyn either, and I’m very curious to see what the future’ll hold for her.

  3. Monique Says:

    EvaAnne: Well…great minds think alike… LOL…I hope this year (and the coming years) will be better for her, career-wise and in her personal life as well…

  4. ana Says:

    I think her style is unique I can t find the words to describe it I hope that she will do more films because she haves a lot of talent.The people was talking about she is not good for the carachter of vesper lynd but now they all see that they was pretty much in wrong.
    xoxo ana