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‘Casino Royale’ star Eva Green hates her image as the sexy French girl – and the scandalous rumours that follow her, says Celia Walden

Eva Green, best known as the vulpine Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, looks uncomfortably beautiful – encumbered, embarrassed and bored, it seems, by her own looks. This morning, in the draughty basement of a Sloane Street store, her narrow frame is clad in secretarial, dark-grey Roland Mouret, while her blue-black hair is tressed in neat waves around her pale face, which has been made-up to look un-made-up.

“After Casino Royale it all happened quickly,” she says, with an unexpected cockney inflection to her thick French accent, “although I’m not really recognised in the street yet. I don’t dress like this in real life, so I’m still getting away with it.”

Green’s hair, make-up and dress all have a stylist-imposed, straitjacket element to them – but then I spot her fingernails, which are unlacquered and bitten short. Perhaps she, out of all of the Bond Girls who seemed doomed to play nothing but bikini-clad lovelies, might escape the curse.

“I’ll tell you in a few years,” she says. “Bond really was a last-minute thing and I got very lucky. Since then, everything has been very good for me, very… unexpected.”

There is no verbal fat with Green, no messy non sequiturs. The only cracks in her composure appear when she talks acting projects: a Jordan Scott drama set in an English boarding school and something “very exciting I can’t tell you about yet” – all with the common thread of being “dark”. “I do like dark things,” she admits with relish.

Green has found herself placed firmly in the “kooky” bracket, the Helena Bonham Carter of French cinema. It’s partly due to her choice of roles since Bond – she played the witch Serafina Pekkala in The Golden Compass (the first of Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials) – along with her tendency to appear at awards’ ceremonies looking “like Morticia Addams in shockingly bad Givenchy”, as one fashion editor described her.

Originally from Paris, she lives in London now, although her boyfriend, the Kiwi actor Marton Csokas, is often on the other side of the world. “It’s good to go out with another actor, because your partner has the same life,” she explains.

“We understand one another and share the same temperament.” Can she see herself marrying Csokas – or any actor? “My mother went out with a fair amount of them, but then ended up with a dentist, so we’ll have to see what happens.”

Her mother, Marlène Jobert, was a very successful actress in France, but gave it up when she had Eva and her non-identical twin sister Joy; her father, Walter Green, was originally from Sweden.

Green describes her mother as someone who knows the pitfalls of the profession: “Every mother worries, of course, because it’s such an up-and-down industry, but she’s given me the greatest piece of advice, which is always to remember that it’s just a job. You’re not going to die, you know? So don’t give it too much importance.”

Green first decided she wanted to be an actress at the age of 14, training in London and New York before making her way on to the Paris stage.

“It would be quite refreshing to go back to the stage and be my own master again,” she says now, “but I’d only do it if it were a very small theatre, somewhere intimate, because I’ve done theatre in really big places in Paris and it’s just overwhelming. It swallows you up.”

In France, she was spotted by Bernardo Bertolucci, who cast her in The Dreamers, an erotic tale of a threesome set during les événements of Paris in 1968. The film involved nudity, which caused something of a commotion when she made the transatlantic leap.

“My God, in America it was a big deal,” she recalls. “The Dreamers was my first feature film and I don’t know if I could do it again, but I like to show emotions and if that means being naked and it’s not gratuitous I might do it… With Bond it was fine, though, because they’re not ready to show nipples in Bond films yet.”

She laughs mischievously, and I get a glimpse of what she must be like in less formal circumstances: a normal 28 year-old who likes to “play the piano like a little bourgeois girl” in her spare time.

But Green is all too aware of becoming stereotyped with “the whole sexy French girl thing”. “You become a product and people typecast you,” she says. “It’s very stressful, because you take it personally if you’re not right for a part and you question yourself a lot.”

I remind her that she once described the acting world as “full of bull—-“. She still thinks that. “I could move to New York, because I love it there, but not LA, not Hollywood,” she agrees.

When she went to the Oscars last year, she found them “funny”, rather than exciting. “I felt I was dreaming, but there were so many egos. And you have to remember it’s not real.”

Yet she is willing to play the game – we meet in the Mont Blanc store, because she has just been appointed as an “ambassador” for their watches and jewellery. “I like their mentality because they are very interested in the arts,” she says, with a perceptible awareness of the indignity of brand promotion. “I like it that they do charity work, too,” she adds hastily.

Her other concession to stardom is the use of a stylist for big occasions: yet she turned up to the Dior 30th anniversary show at Versailles in a shocking pink kimono. “I know that I was very much criticised for my pink geisha outfit.”

She shakes her head and colours slightly. “I was very happy with it, and then everybody got so shocked. I just wanted to make it special, rather than wearing a boring black dress, but now it’s becoming very important, like ‘What is she going to wear this time?’

I just wanted to have some fun, but now I feel a lot more self-conscious about things.”

This embarrassment extends to a recent rumour in France that President Sarkozy tried, unsuccessfully, to woo Green by inviting her on the campaign trail, before he got together with Carla Bruni. She nods: “Yeah.

I have never met Sarkozy, but it became such a big thing.” Would she have liked to have been the First Lady of France? “God, no. It’s a lot of pressure. No, no, no.”

Then suddenly she laughs again: and I realise that whether it’s Sarkozy, clothes or film choices, Eva Green will always refuse to follow the pack.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

43 Responses to “Did Eva Green say no to Nicolas Sarkozy?”
  1. George Says:

    I am very happy for the result Bruni – Green 1 – 0. I am also happy because telepathy works, regarding Eva’s return to the theater as I was hoping in the previous post. I love to see her on stage…

  2. spot Says:

    nice article, i like it. though there’s nothing new into it except for another promising role after Cracks, it consistently showed Eva’s personality 🙂

    thanks Mariana!

  3. EvaAnne Says:

    “…and something “very exciting I can’t tell you about yet” “.

    Hmmmm…. 😉

    And I would love to see her return to the theatre as well…

  4. Tango_down Says:

    Sarkozy should think of governing France instead of turning around women, I am ashamed about the picture he gives of the french president here and abroad, to see him making coverage of people magazines with carla bruni instead of helping France to get better…

    He’s dreamed too much thinking that he could approach Eva so easily, just by the fact to be president, what a childish manner of seeing feelings, that kind of love comes from former time. Well, this anecdote is so ridiculous.

  5. George Says:

    Tango_down: I couldn’t agree more with you although I’m not French. He might be a capable person, but this “teenager” behaviour doesn’t fit. It’s true that many people consider that power is the strongest aphrodisiac. Thanks god, I think that Eva is not among them…

  6. kevin Says:

    i totally agree with Tango_down!!! I’m french and we see every day the incompetence, the arrogance of our President!!! He looks like a monarch! And i am delighted at seeing that Eva isn’t fallen into the trap!!! She is a brilliant actress! I love her!!

  7. Tom Says:

    The bad news is that Eva is a Sarkozy supporter. He seems more interested in seeing himself in the news than actually doing anything. We have a saying here, “If you can’t blind them with brilliance, you baffle them with bulls@$t.” Sarkozy seems like a baffler!

  8. Tango_down Says:

    Tom : are you french ? If you’re not, I’m surprised how you can see our president from a foreign country so right and so true a way. He’s exactly as you described him.

    In France we have impression that he tried to gather everybody during elections, with lot of demagogy, then once elected president, and he has acquired what he coveted, he was finally able to do what he wants, to eat in the best restaurants, spend holidays on a luxury yacht, and make the coverage of people magazine. Now elections have passed, and he knows he’ll stay during 5 years, his place is irrevocable, so he doesn’t care at all about what french people think about him, and what kind of picture from France he shows to all people through the world, he’s just “enjoying” a president life…

    From De Gaulle to Chirac, by way of Giscard and Mitterand, never a president of the fifth republic has acted as he does, they were always aware of their picture and the importance of their role that they took seriously… our governement has taken an odd shape today

  9. Tom Says:

    No Tango, I’m American. I only know what I’ve read and even those who supported Sarkozy seem to be doubting their decisions. I’ve read that he has lost a lot of credibility because he doesn’t address national issues/concerns, but instead tries to make everything a PR opportunity. I’ve read that he travels with photographers who record his every action. He seems more interested in being a celebrity than being President.

  10. George Says:

    We turn it to a bit politics but never mind it’s also interesting. I agree Tom with your point regarding the interest of Sarkozy being a celebrity than a President. However,nowadays the borderlines are more fuzzy than never. Most politicians pay more attention to their picture than to their policy. There is people behind the scene that deal with policy and the politicians became just the frontmen. So their role is to attract attention, and in todays world the rule is “if you are not in TV you don’t exist”. The easy way to be in TV is doing Sarcozyation, a new term which means a politician with celebrity’s life (Tango_down: I will not ask for copyright -lol). However, I think that he is a clever man and he will soon understand that he must turn to politics (his popularity is in deep downfall as the gallops are already indcated).

  11. Monique Says:

    Dipping a little into politics here…I don’t know about Sarkozy, but I do know about government officials who have absolutely no idea what they’re doing…want to see a bunch of them? Come to the Philippines…these gov’t officials whether it’s from here, or from France, or from America, or anywhere else in the world seem to care more about looking good for the cameras, or, in our case, getting moreand more powerand money…in a way, it’s amazing how they can get on with their lives everyday primping their hair our counting their money while people are dying of starvation and poverty because of them…and they’re so brazen, they deny everything, even when the evidence is staring them at the face…sorry, getting carried away…(no, I’m not an activist, but we’re learning about it here in UP, for our History classes)

    YAY!!! More Eva roles!!!! If she does go back to theater soon, though, I won’t be able to watch her…WAAAAHHH!!!

  12. spot Says:

    Eva fans seem to be very opinionated about politics. lol. i kindda like it. it shows our other interest and that we’re aware about real or relative issues but hey, easy on the politics a bit guys! we’re kindda going off topic 😉

  13. George Says:

    Monique: Why you say so? A trip to London or Paris is not a bad idea at all. It can be combined with a lot of things

  14. Tango_down Says:

    There’s a lot of small theatre in Paris, I know some of them thanks to private concerts. I think about “Le lavoir moderne” or “Les Bouffes du Nord”. I understand her when she refers to that kind of place, it’s true that the atmosphere, the sounds’s reverberation and the decor is much more intimate, and the exchange with the public is even more living and human. I’m sure that is the kind of things she would search.
    It would be a happiness to see Eva playing in such place, if she does, I would be the first to buy my place.

  15. Karla Says:

    Eva Green is the best!
    Sexy french girl.
    DAM HOT!
    Good actress..
    Talented. and you can see in the interview she answer all with respect. I love her!!!

    By the way I love this site!! Great job!!!

    KARLA xD

  16. spot Says:

    if Eva decides to do theatre again, i’m sure as hell will go see her, even if it’s halfway or across the globe. haha.

  17. Monique Says:

    George: As of now, a trip to London or Paris is not possible owing to a number of factors. The greatest of which is lack of $$$…my funds for such a trip are virtually non-existent…another thing is that I cannot afford to skip my classes (I am planning on becoming a Physical Therapist so that I can treat Eva if she ever has an injury, which I hope she doesn’t, and so that I can have enough money to get to France or to England one day)…So if Eva plans on getting back to theater anytime soon, I won’t be able to go see her…(but maybe those who get to see her can take videos and share them to us Eva fans who can’t….pretty pleeeease….)

  18. George Says:

    Monique: Patience, If you strongly want something the whole universe allies with you. (it’s not mine, I suppose many of you should recognize the Paolo Coello’s Alchemist).
    Tang_down: If it is in Paris, you will arrange our tickets. Right?

  19. spot Says:

    i just hope that if ever Eva does theatre it’ll be either New York, London or Paris so it’ll be easier for me 🙂

    Monique: now we have an official Eva Green Therapist! LOL

  20. Tango_down Says:

    George : I’ll do my best in my tourist guide function. But with many persons coming across the world it won’t be an easy task.

    Question to all of you including Mariana : is there someone here who had the chance to see Eva when she played “Jalousie en trois fax” or “Turcaret” ?
    There is only a few pictures of her performance and it seems to be no recording.

  21. George Says:

    Tango_down: Relax, I mean just the theater tickets. No, I haven’t seen her stage work. Most of us in EGW discover Eva after her filming debut in Dreamers and unfortunately she hasn’t done any theater since 2003

  22. Liz Says:

    tango_down: unfortunately, i havent seen here on stage yet.
    that was one of my questions, too, if anbody enjoyed such an evening at theater with eva=)
    but.. if she ever turns back to stage, i will not miss any chance to see her!! i hope it will be in paris! taht would be the nearest place for me!!

  23. Mariana Says:

    Liz: The only working one for fanmail is the Paris one.

  24. Mariana Says:

    George: The reason is very simple. Angharad Wood who represents Eva in London used to work for an agency in LA. But a couple of years ago, after the release of Kingdom of Heaven but before Casino Royale, she opened with Charles Collier her own agency in London. And Eva followed her. That’s why LA has absolutely nothing to do with Eva anymore. Eva isn’t represented by Artmedia anymore but they are the ones in charge of her fanmail. Not the London agency. She didn’t exactly quit Artmedia. Her former French agent Dominique Besnehard “retired” and now works as a producer and not as actors agent anymore.

  25. George Says:

    Thanks for the explanation Mariana. Conclusively in Eva’s case, her management is not responsible for her fanmail who stayed with her former agency, Artmedia.
    PS: you confirm your title as #1 Green-ologist

  26. Tango_down Says:

    George : It’s true we all think that Mariana should have the Nobel prize of environment

  27. EvaAnne Says:

    Mariana: what is the difference between a manager and an agent? Beceause I read somewhere else Besnehard was her manager (instead of agent, as mentioned here).

    So:
    During The Dreamers, Arsene Lupin and KoH Eva’s agent/manager was Besnehard, and she was represented by Artmedia.

    Then Besnehard quit and Eva went to Tavistock Wood (with Angharad Wood as agent?), and Artmedia only remained in change of her fanmail?

    Have I got this right?

    You set a high standard as #1 Green-ologist!! 😉 I want to get this right.

  28. Mariana Says:

    EvaAnne: At first she only had Artmedia but after the Dreamers she got represented by Los Angeles too. It wasn’t just after Besnehard quit that she got an American agent.
    I don’t know the concrete differences between an agent and a manager either, but I found an interesting article online: http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/main/080099.php

  29. Marie Says:

    Thank you very much for posting that :))

  30. George Says:

    Tango_down: Lol! The coherence is obvious. (replace “environment” with “eva-ronment”). Unfortunately, there are not such Nobel prizes. Imagine that Al Gore took the last Nobel prize for Peace for his environmental activity, because there was not Nobel prize for environment.
    Mariana: very informative article. Thnx.

  31. spot Says:

    ok people, this is a bit complicated to understand and believe me, it is, so i might just confuse you guys more but i’ll try to explain this to you according to my experience and knowledge. this is how it works:

    Managers could be just one person (one you assign -it doesn’t matter if you’ve assigned him/her since you started) or an agency/corporation. agencies like IMG, Octagon, Next and the like are often the ones who “manage” a talent. and here, there’s also a blind distinction. some talents (some actors and athletes, most models and some singers) are discovered then nurtured and some are nurtured then developed. it’s quite hard to explain but in essence, managers are often the ones actors/singers/models/athletes are in debt to (on career or otherwise).

    for big stars, managers or their management agencies almost has the last say on how their career goes or on what path (imaging, etc.) the talent will go. Managers/management agencies often handle “the big stuff” or the financial and long term decision making behind a talent.

    Agents are often the ones a management agency (or again, by your own choosing) designate to handle the matters behind a talent. in other words, they act as mediators or negotiators. most agents works for an agency and they both represent the talent (actor/athlete/singer/model -though for models and singers, they also have “bookers”) and the agency.

    agents can filter matters (movie projects/scripts, commercials/endorsements, appearances, etc.)…like what Angharad Wood does for Eva on most cases (i believe, she has mentioned this before right?)…so certain offers can just reach the talent (before this, the manager/management decides what kind the talent will “take” or not). imagine how a talent (like for Eva’s case) can go through dozens if not hundreds of scripts and other offers!!!

    so yes, an agent filters, negotiates and often advises the talent/client on what to do (think of Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire….that’s an example on how agents work. it’s crazy, believe me). this is why most actors/singers/athletes/models often have a close relationship with their agents and often goes on meetings with them. agents also often accompanies the talent wherever it goes (you see a lot of them behind a talent on red carpet events).

    Managers and Agents are often the ones who communicates. most talents keep an extra close relationship with their agents and the agent with the manager/management…unless of course, if a talent has both a manager and agent in one person.

    anyway, i hope i helped. it’s hard to explain it in words because it’s really cutthroat out there. it’s not for the faint of heart. that’s why most talents leave it to the agents to negotiate both for projects and to the manager/management because often times, the talent disagrees with the manager/management….

  32. Tango_down Says:

    George : I know but with the importance which take the environmental problems on Earth, this Nobel prize could be created
    You have the skill of puns, I like it 😉
    It is true that Eva Green has everything to represent Nature

  33. George Says:

    spot: it seems that your Phd dissertation about the subject is 90% complete (lol)
    Tango_down: It’s because in the beginning of the 20th century when Nobel prizes introduced, environment was not a n issue. Yes, Eva is Natural.

  34. Monique Says:

    You guys are making my head spin…I have a horrible headache, and I had to drag myself out of bed to get to a computer…*Monique winces*…but, of course, all your info is interesting, didn’t know that…

    spot: I’ll do my best as the Eva Green Therapist…so far, we’ve got an engineer/tour guide/translator, a Green-ologist, and now a therapist…we could have an entire workforce here…LOL!

  35. Lola Says:

    TGC has just won an award from The 10th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards – Best Costume Design – Feature Film Fantasy
    The Golden Compass, designed by Ruth Myers http://www.geocities.com/ps971100/CDG00.htm and was nominated by the ART DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS for BEST FANTASY FILM “The Golden Compass,” Dennis Gassner. The winners of these awards can be found here http://theenvelope.latimes.com/env-et-artguildwards18feb18,0,909467.story 😀

  36. Tango_down Says:

    Monique : yea but I think the most important is to underline all the mixture of nationalities we can find here, we have german, american, greek, philippean, french, etc and maybe papua-new-guinean ?!
    It’s great to see that Eva charms whole a public across the world.

  37. spot Says:

    George: you know why i know this 😉

    Monique: sorry to make your head spin 🙁
    …oh wait, what am i if we have a therapist, engineer/tour guide/translator, Green-ologist?! 🙂

  38. spot Says:

    Lola: thanks for the links! i hope TGC wins! 🙂

  39. George Says:

    Thanks for the info Lola

  40. Monique Says:

    Lola: thanks for the info!

    spot: you’re the brainwasher (you brainwashed your neice on TGC!!!)
    Just kidding! who do you wanna be?

    Tango-down: What have we got? Greek, American, German, Filipino, French, (LOL, Papua New Guinea-an?) what’s next for Eva to conquer? Although, I have yet to hear from an Arabian fan…hmmm…

  41. spot Says:

    Monique: i don’t know! Official Eva Guide? LOL….well for what it’s worth, i believe i’m the senior here when it comes to site support longevity, next to Mariana. hahahaha 🙂

  42. Monique Says:

    Okay then, 2nd Senior Eva Fan!!!! *Monique salutes spot* You have officially joined the Eva Green Web work force…*Whoo!!! BOOM!!! Confetti!!!*

  43. spot Says:

    *spot bows* thank you! thank you!