G   /   November 16, 2014   /   5 Comments

By Olivia Ebeling

 

She’s dazzled us as charismatic and mysterious Bond girl Vesper Lind in Casino Royale and is currently showing her edge in the latest Sin City instalment – but yesterday Eva Green took on another iconic role as the face of the 2015 Campari Calendar.

Following in the footsteps of Hollywood beauties including Penelope Cruz and Jessica Alba, the French actress breathed life into this year’s Mythology Mixology theme, which highlights 12 iconic Campari cocktails including the legendary Negroni and pack-a-punch Old Pal concoctions.

Shot by celebrated fine art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten, each month represents a different era and recipe from the brand’s 150-year history.

Glam was thrilled to attend a the official launch event of the rare publication in London, where we heavily girl-crushed on Eva as she talked to us about becoming a Campari Heroine, overcoming her shyness in front of the camera and life in London…

 

What was it like to work with such an iconic brand?

Campari is such a classic and my mum has always been a huge fan, so it was nostalgic for me. She would have a Negroni cocktail in the afternoon – in France we called it the ‘Madeleine de Proust’ – and it always reminds me of her.

When was the last time a stranger bought you a cocktail?

It has never happened, actually!

Was it challenging to embrace a different era for each month?

We had an amazing team: the best hair and make-up artists and Julia is so talented. I looked up her work online and I saw all these kind of weird but beautiful photographs of women that were half animal, half human, in the woods, so it was very brave of Campari to pick her. She’s very cool and created a great atmosphere on the set.

Do you have a favourite picture?

They are all so cool because you have some that are very feminine and others that are more androgynous. I love the January image actually, where I’m wearing the strapless Vivienne Westwood gown. I’m a French courtesan and the shot is very romantic. I also love the astronaut outfit because it’s really boyish and cool. I’m going to have that framed for my flat.

All the outfits are bespoke. Did you get to keep them?

Hmm… Let me have a word with Campari about that!

As an actress, do you find it more challenging to pose for a shoot like this?

It’s different. And while I played several different characters, it was fun and I didn’t have to do lots of homework or learn any lines. A holiday! And the team was so passionate and joyful, there was no pressure – which is very rare for a commercial.

Were there any shots that were difficult to pose? On the horse, for example?

Oh, he was very old and very nice. But Julia was worried about me because I had fallen off a horse a while ago and every time the flash went off the horse made a little movement. But he was lovely.

Which image did you have the most fun shooting?

I loved the boxing!

You have been quoted as saying you don’t like posing for pictures as ‘yourself’. Is that true?

Yeah… I mean, I’m quite shy, so sometimes during photo shoots I hate doing frontal shots with a big smile. I just want to be myself and be free… playing characters, wearing beautiful costumes. I love strong make-up as well, it’s kind of an armour.

You said you are quite shy. How do you cope with your racier scenes?

It’s weird, but I concentrate so much on the character and I’m so passionate about the story, I kind of become numb. And I’ve never done something that is gratuitous, that’s not important for the character, so I kind of forget I’m naked. Not that I enjoy being naked! It’s a weird joband sometimes I still don’t understand how I’m doing it – when I was in school I couldn’t even speak in front of people, and here I am!

Have you stopped getting nervous?

I’m always nervous, but I have become more confident.

You live in London. Where do you like to go when you have a day off?

Oh, I don’t know. It’s quite boring, actually! I love walking in the parks and going to restaurants… I love St Johns, that’s my favourite restaurant! But I’m not a party girl, I’m more like an old lady and enjoy spending time at home.

Would you ever move to Los Angeles to be near Hollywood?

I think I’d die there! I can’t drive, you know…

Are we likely to see you on the stage in London?

I would love to – in a small theatre!  But I haven’t been sent many scripts for stage productions. It’s quite scary going on stage, but what makes it so amazing is that you feel the electricity in the audience. It’s immediate and magical… and bloody scary!

Source: UK Glam

5 Responses to “Five Minutes with Eva Green”
  1. Christian Says:

    Very nice interview. What a woman! Such Interviews make Ms Green so special for me. A wonderful person with a great attitude to life.

    But a quote from Ms Green I dont understand. She will be asked if its true if she doesnt like “posing for pictures as ‘yourself'” and responds with Yes. But then she says she just wants to be herself and she wants to be free. She often said in the past she likes to play characters for pictures. Thats why I dont understand that. Can me somebody help me and explain that to me? Thanks!

  2. G Says:

    @Christian She means she doesn’t like posing for pictures as “Eva Green”. She wants to be in character when someone takes her pictures.

  3. Christian Says:

    Thanks for the answer. Honestly You are amazing!

    I love the fact that Miss Green wants to play characters and not pictures as herself. In my opinion, that shows what a great artist she is.

    But I do not understand this sentence: “I just want to be myself and be free”.

    This confirmed yet that she likes pictures as herself. Or I am wrong?
    If she does not want her picture as Eva Green, why she says this time, she wants to be “myself and free” when she makes these pics?

    Or do I understand this wrong?I hope you can understand me and can help me!

  4. alanfeierstein Says:

    Eva is a wonderful actress who can portray many types of personalities.

  5. lllllllll Says:

    ‘I think I’d die there! I can’t drive, you know…’ — lol she’s adorable!

    [When was the last time a stranger bought you a cocktail?: It has never happened, actually!] — lies!!!!