Losing yourself in love makes plenty of sense to Eva Green.
The actress compares going blind and deaf in her moody apocalyptic drama “Perfect Sense,” opening Friday, with embarking on a whirlwind romance.
“It’s a love story with the background of a worldwide epidemic,” explains the 31-year-old stunner, who steps away from her recent femme fatale roles to play a Scottish epidemiologist trying to stop a mysterious pandemic that’s wiping out the human race’s five senses, one by one.
“It’s not too dark!” she insists. “It’s a metaphor for falling in love; you know, how when you fall in love, you lose your senses.”
Ask the French actress to pick one sense she could live without, however, and you get a different story.
“Maybe the sense of smell?” she ponders. “But the problem is, it’s quite related to taste, and I love eating. It’s a big dilemma.”
Green’s character makes the most of her senses (particularly touch) by finding solace in Ewan McGregor’s arms as society breaks down around them.
“He’s a beautiful human being, and pleasant, and a great actor,” she says.
“There is something very instinctive about him; very raw. And I’m too much in my own head and cerebral, so we complement each other.”
Although she bared all in the 2003 drama “The Dreamers,” Green confesses feeling a bit bashful around her handsome “Sense” co-star during their numerous love scenes.
“He knew that I was very anxious, and he was a gentleman,” she says.
“He’d say, ‘Come on, do you want to have dinner?’ We were lucky that we had a week of rehearsal before shooting, so we got to know each other.”
While her star rose with “The Dreamers” and “Kingdom of Heaven,” she didn’t become a household name until playing the temptress who left Daniel Craig’s Bond shaken and stirred in 2006’s “Casino Royale” — a part she originally turned up her nose at.
“I was quite pretentious, I remember, when they were doing auditions,” she laughs. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, I don’t want to be a Bond Girl! What is that?’
“And then I read the script, and I thought it was a cool character. She’s a normal human being, not a typical Bond Girl in a bikini. She has a real relationship with Bond. I was very lucky to get it, actually. I’m very grateful.”
Green continues leaning toward complex characters struggling with internal conflict, such as sorceress Morgan le Fay in the short-lived Starz series “Camelot.”
“I really liked playing her,” says Green. “She’s very ballsy and also very vulnerable. There are so many dimensions to play. She’s great.
“I hate clichés. That’s why maybe I don’t work as much as I should,” she admits.
While she’ll be sinking her teeth into yet another seductive role opposite Johnny Depp in the vampire soap opera “Dark Shadows” later this year, she’s itching to try something … grittier.
“I was just telling a friend that I want to play a [house] cleaner next,” she says. “Something rough, raw.
“I don’t want to play a sophisticated, beautiful woman again … but something kind of rugged … maybe somebody in prison! I’m definitely trying to avoid being typecast.”
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