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Last but not least, I’ve also uploaded scans from the May 2015 issue of GQ UK.

Five Degress of Eva Green

How she fits into the horror heritage.
1. Boris Karloff was in…
2. Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)…
3. with Christopher Lee…
4. Who was in Dark Shadows (2012)…
5. With Eva Green!

 

The Grazia interview (in English) can be found after the cut. Many thanks to our friend Sara for translating it!

WE, WITCHES, ARE SEXY

Her first act of rebellion, at 15 years old, was to dye her blonde hair black. On film, Eva Green choose to be a dangerous and fatal woman. And so, now, during first dates, she scares men. “To really get to know me, you need patience. And above all, never tell me that I’m beautiful.”

The actress Eva Green, 34 years old, is a mysterious woman. I’ve always seen her on the screen playing extremes roles: able to make James Bond fall in love with her and then betray him, able to transform the vampire Johnny Depp (in Dark Shadows) and able to use her power as a medium to talk to the dead in the new series Penny Dreadful (it airs in USA but unreleased in Italy). So when the door opens and I see her thick silhouette in a little living room of the  Parisian hotel Le Meurice, it seemed like I was in the middle of one of her films.

It’s 10am in the morning but the French actress with an international career is wearing a long tight full dress, black as her kajal, that emphasizes her blue eyes. Even her nail polish is the colour of the night. It was unreal, even the golden liquid in the cup that the actress drinks, after greeting me with her deep voice, would lead me to doubt: simple tea or magic filter?

I asked her this and she burst out laughing, touching her hair that fall on her shoulders. I expected a  more complex hairstyle, given her new role as ambassador of L’Oréal Professionnel and the  restorative hair line Pro|Fiber but instead, once again, Eva Green (pronounced ‘Gren’ “My father, a dentist, has Swedish origin” she points out) surprised me.

Your long hair is an essential element of your look. Do you pay particular attention to it?

It is important. My hair’s natural colour is dark blonde. I started to dye my hair when I was 15.

 

You don’t like your blonde hair?

I was an introvert teenager and when I looked at myself in the mirror, I had the impression that I do not recognize myself. My mother (the actress Marlène Jobert, a movie star from 70s) had a Yugoslav friend who was very beautiful: light-colored eyes like mine and very dark hair. So, one day, without telling anyone, I went to the hairdresser and I came out as a new person.

What was your mother’s reaction?

I remember the scene: she looked at me silently and then she said: “Wow”. She liked me. And, for me, I found myself. Changing my look was, maybe, a way to assert myself. I don’t miss that part of my life. I was an unhappy student, I found the French system to be too rigid. So I enrolled to an American school in Paris. Then at 17, I started to study acting then I went to London to refine my English.

What was your mother’s reaction when you said you wanted to be an actress?

No. When I said to her what I wanted to do, she opened her eyes wide. She thought that I wasn’t so strong for that kind of environment, that sometimes it could be cruel, like showbusiness.

What was the great obstacle that you had to face?

People thought that I’ll have it easy. At theater school, sometimes they told me “You wouldn’t have a problem. You will easily find an agent and opportunities.”. Sure, having a mother who acted with the greatest actors like , Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Yves Montand, it’s a good springboard. But you also have to show your value. That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t want to only work in France. I wanted to prove myself on the international scene.

The roles that gave you international success, like Isabelle in The Dreamers or Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale,  gave you the image of being seductive. Do you see yourself in this cliché?

No way. I’m an actress and it’s part of my job. But when they continue to say to me “Oh my God, you’re so beautiful!!!” (she says this in English with a cartoon voice), I feel like an empty shell. I try to avoid the character of sappy grilfriend who smiles gratefully to her hero.

You seem to prefer playing witches. I counted it: you’ve played a witch al least three times, Dark Shadows, Camelot and Golden Compass. Is it just a coincidence?

One of the reasons why I’m doing this job is because I want to play a character who’s not me. I’m always a very calm person, too calm. And shy. My mother compared me to a little bird. No one would imagine it, seeing the women that I play  are dangerous, treacherous, powerful. And a witch lends itself to a thousand interpretations: it’s not the old lady with toothless mouth.

Indeed, in Dark Shadows by Tim Burton you were very sexy. The American director has chosen you again as the star of his next film. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, due out next year. What can we expect?

I’m Miss Peregrine. I run an orphanage that houses 12 children with miraculous powers on an island. I have to protect them from the outside world. My character evokes, in name and in fact, the peregrine falcon,  rapid and voracious.

Another jump into the supernatural…

And not the simplest: a role where you may easily fall into caricature. We’re still filming and in the coming weeks we will shoot in Cornwall.

Where do you live?

Between Paris and London. I only go to Hollywood for my movie’s press tour. Los Angeles is not for me. I try to avoid big events unless it’s an opportunity to meet real friends. When I want to rest and feel good, I go to Normandy, to my mom’s house: she cooks for me and I take my dog, a border terrier, for a walk. He now lives with my sister in Italy. I travel too much and I can’t take care of him.

You alternate big productions, like 300: Rise of an Empire, to independent movies like White Bird in a Blizzard by Gregg Araki…

It’s a strategy. The big Hollywood productions are great showcases. They allow you to be known by audiences and if you can guarantee a hit, they assure you to have the attention of the studios.

And what about independent movies?

They are the ones that will enrich you more: on a personal level, of course. And then they warm your heart and allow you to play in different light and shade. My career resembles a rollercoaster. It won’t be relaxing, but that’s what’s beautiful.

The critics loves you and often wonder why we do not see you more in the cinema. Do you ever turn down a script?

It happens. Especially if they offer me the same things. I came to a point where I wanted to play roles that are less sophisticated and more raw.

To whom would you never say no to?

I would like to work with Jacques Audiard or the Dardenne Brothers. Their latest film Two Days, One Night with Marion Cotillard impressed me a lot.

Besides Cotillard, which other actress inspires you?

Isabelle Adjani. I have great admiration for her.

You know her well?

No. But I have to meet her. She wanted to meet me.

A new project together?

I do not know. She didn’t say why she wants to see me.

The answer is not very convincing but it doesn’t seem strange that someone like Eva Green want to end the interview on a mysterious note. I tried one last question before we say goodbye. “We have not talked about men. In your films, you deceive them, punish them, challenge them. Have they become afraid of you?” She reflects for a moment, her expression serious. “Maybe at the beginning, they feel a bit intimidated but when they get to know me better, they relax. Despite appearances, I’m very sweet.”

One Response to “Eva Green graces the cover and the pages of Grazia Italy (June 3, 2015)”
  1. simone Says:

    Its hard not to call her beautiful…but i understand why she doesnt like it, because i dont like it when people call me beautiful either