M.   /   November 29, 2009   /   4 Comments

Thanks to Mark for the heads up! 😀

IT’S one of the most coveted roles in the film world, being a Bond girl.

Glamorous locations, heavenly beaches and, of course, the chance to get intimate with a dashing leading man means there’s never a shortage of actresses to take the part.

But it often leads nowhere; just ask Maryam D’Abo, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto, Izabella Scorupco, or any of the other girls whose careers stalled after locking lips with Her Majesty’s finest.

Since making her breakthrough as Vesper Lynd in 2006’s Bond reboot Casino Royale, Eva Green has bucked that trend, choosing interesting, unconventional roles proving she’s more than an admittedly very pretty face.

“I’m too demanding, my agent says I’m a nightmare,” she admits.

“‘You have to work!’ he always says. But if my heart is not in it, I can’t do it and I will do it badly. Some actors can do that, they think, ‘It’s two weeks, I’ll do it’ but I like to prepare for a role. I have to be in love with it.”

Since Casino Royale, Eva has appeared in The Golden Compass in 2007, nothing in 2008 and fantasy thriller Franklyn earlier this year.

“I got very lucky with Casino Royale, and I’m now more ‘bankable’,” adds the 29-year-old, cringing at the word normally used by studio executives and producers, “but it’s great when you have meaty parts offered, like Miss G.”

Miss G is Eva’s latest character, the lead in Jordan (daughter of Ridley) Scott’s directorial debut, Cracks.

Adapted from Sheila Kohler’s 1999 novel, Cracks is set in a stuffy 1930s all-girls boarding school in England (South Africa was originally the setting of Kohler’s book).

Miss G is the school’s enigmatic diving instructor. Unlike the rest of the staid teaching staff, she engages with the girls, enthralling the team with wild tales of her far-flung travels, elegant dresses and an attitude that appears modern and liberal, even by today’s standards.

Miss G – we never find out what the G stands for – has a particular effect on her team captain, the bitchy Di Radfield (Juno Temple), who is obsessed with her free-spirited mentor.

“She’s so flamboyant,” Eva says of Miss G. “It’s quite rare for an actress to have the opportunity to play so many colours, you know? She’s so strong, sharp, funny, a great teacher, passionate. And then you have the other side – she’s like a little girl made of glass.”

That fragility comes to the fore when the exotic Fiamma arrives, a Spanish princess whose confidence and worldliness is everything Miss G aspires to.

Fiamma’s arrival awakens something in all the girls, not just Miss G. After the initial jealousy and catty bullying, there’s a period where they all appear to be getting along famously, but it doesn’t last as passion turns into obsession, jealousy into rage and Miss G begins to totally crumble.

“Miss G is a fantasist who ends up believing her own stories,” says Eva. “She’s created this persona from the movies she’s seen, like Marlene Dietrich films and things. All her physicalities are calculated and she becomes this fantasy person.

“But ultimately she wants her girls to travel, be independent and not to be housewives and to have a great life full of adventures.”

Eva has had more globetrotting adventures than most. Born in Paris, to a French mother and Swedish father, she and her twin sister, Joy, were raised in the French capital, also spending time in London and Ireland.

Eva also trained at the New York University’s Tisch School Of The Arts before returning to stage work in her native France.

Fortunately, Eva’s school was nothing like the one depicted in Cracks, which is strict, oppressive and surrounded by water, seemingly completely isolated from the outside world.

“God, no, my school was nothing like that!” says Eva. “I went to a very normal school in Paris, went home at night, there were boys in my school, too. It was a tough school, but I think your school makes you who you are.

“You have to very careful when you have a child not to put them in a very strict school where hard teachers are going to put them down all the time.

“I had one English teacher in an American school I went to and he loved what he was doing, and that’s so contagious.”

Next up for Eva is Womb, in which she stars alongside the new Doctor Who, Matt Smith; The Last Word, with Trainspotting stars Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner, and a remake of 1986 gangster flick Mona Lisa, with Mickey Rourke.


4 Responses to “Why Casino Royale was just the start for Evas acting career”
  1. Msaxdos Says:

    Why are all too easily forget the role in “Dreamers”. I think it’s her best role.

  2. Mark Says:

    You’ll want to check out the second page of this article (not posted above) for the interesting last bit: “Next up for Eva is… …a remake of 1986 gangster flick Mona Lisa, with Mickey Rourke.” Eva and Mickey together could be pretty wild!

  3. Mark Says:

    A July 14th posting on Mickey Rourke’s website says he is “no longer attached to the re-make of Mona Lisa”… so I’m wondering if that has changed and he’s involved again?

  4. Casino Says:

    Well, she deserved that role – in Casino Royale, and with the looks and persona she has, she’s sure to go a long way. Go grl!