Eva Green is best known to audiences as the mysterious femme fatale Vesper Lynd in the James Bond-reviving Casino Royale (although some hot-blooded males might best recall her revealing star turn in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers). Since then she’s appeared mostly in small, thoughtful, and British films, and her latest, Perfect Sense, continues the trend. A small-scale doomsday romance, the film follows Green’s scientist , who falls in love with a chef (played by Ewan McGregor) as a mysterious epidemic begins to rob people of their five senses. We recently spoke to Green about what attracted to her this role, and her return to big-budget filmmaking opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s upcoming black comedy, Dark Shadows.
What attracted you to Perfect Sense?
I thought it was kind of a brave, unusual story, thought-provoking but mainly a love story with the background of a catastrophe. I thought it was quite charming. I knew the director, David Mackenzie, and also the fact that Ewan McGregor was onboard was very appealing.
Did you know Ewan beforehand?
No, I knew his work but I hadn’t met him.
You share some very intense scenes with him. What was that like?
The good thing was that we had a week of rehearsal before shooting which was a luxury because it’s quite rare to rehearse on a movie so I got to know him and we were less shy towards one another. It just helped us to find the intimacy. Ewan’s also a very generous guy, very courageous, there’s something very pure about him and he’s not afraid to show his emotions.
Do you ever get used shooting such emotional love scenes on camera?
I don’t think so. I could get used to that, but it’s very unpleasant. You feel like a moron, all these people are around you, and you wish you were at least on drugs or alcohol. And yeah, you don’t feel very sexy. But it’s great when you have a partner who is in the same situation and humble and a gentlemen.
After you made The Golden Compass, you took a break from big budget films. Was that a conscious decision?
No, I always do things from the heart and it can be a big film or an independent movie, something that has a soul. I need to fall in love with the material, it’s not a matter or money. As an actor, I just choose what’s around and what has quality. In an ideal world of course if you can it’s good to do a big budget movie because it makes you kind of bankable or whatever that means, and then you can do something smaller.
When you make a movie like Perfect Sense, is it something you do to fulfill yourself as an actress? Or do you make it for audiences, and in the hope they’ll find it?
I mean, both. You always hope that some people are going to see your movie. It’s true, independent movies are more difficult to reach a lot of people, but I think Perfect Sense is rather commercial, weirdly. But you never know, it’s a crazy business.
What is the rapport like between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton on set?
Like a married couple.
Is that what it seemed like?
Like best friends or brothers. Yeah, they are artists, very humble people and Tim is a sensitive guy, it’s always been my dream to work with him and it was treat, it was amazing.
What kind of tone can we expect from Dark Shadows? Is it dark, as its name indicates? .
It’s very funny, lots of black humor. Of course, it’s also very poetic, and the relationship between the characters is very complex. My character has an electric relationship with Barnabas Collins played by Johnny, and it’s kind of extreme. My character’s a wacko, it’s great. You don’t get that opportunity very often.
Is there any truth that you’re being pursued for the 300 sequel?
I don’t know, it’s a great character, so we’re trying to make her as complex as possible.
So you’ve been approached?
Yes, I’ve been approached.
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