Great news everyone! Eva recently granted us another Exclusive Q&A!! We thank her for her kindness, candidness and for taking her time to answer us. Special thanks goes to her twin sister Joy for once again facilitating this, without whom it wouldn’t be possible. We’ll be posting the rest of the Q&A in the coming weeks! Thanks for reading and feel free to leave some comments. Enjoy!
Your fan base has grown especially since our last Q&A (2014). You’re very much admired for your strong and fearless attitude towards your craft and your pleasant personality, what is it like knowing that you inspire so many people, especially young females from around the world? Do you have any message to your loyal fans? To the wonderful staff of EvaGreenWeb.com?
I feel very honoured. The kind devotion of the fans counterbalances any meanness that I may encounter in this cruel business. The website is so well done and professional that even my agents and my publicist check on it to find the latest info! I’m very touched by the time and energy and especially the care that you take with the website. Bravo bravo bravo!
You’re known as an actress who constantly plays strong female characters. Apart from your general interest in portraying women of various facets and contradictions, would you consider yourself a feminist?
Yes, I do. Even though tremendous progress has been made, many women all over the world do not have equal rights. We must continue the fight!
You’ve worked with a lot of up-and-coming young actors such as Juno Temple (who recently made the jump to television with HBO’s Vinyl), Dakota Blue Richards, Imogen Poots, María Valverde, and Shailene Woodley who are all currently doing well in their respective careers. Is there anyone in particular among them that you still keep in touch with? Wish to work again with?
Juno Temple who I worked with on “Cracks”, has become a dear friend and we see each other whenever I’m in LA. She is such an uninhibited, instinctive, raw actress and I’d love to work with her again!
You’re frequently described by writers, critics and even fans as someone who is reminiscent of an Old Hollywood actress, often compared and described as having the charisma and bravado of great actresses like Charlotte Rampling, Bette Davis and Marlene Dietrich. If you were to play someone from Old Hollywood or European Cinema in a biopic, who would it be?
I would feel intimidated playing an actual person… I feel I would be afraid of not doing them justice…. This said, it would be a dream to play Joan of Arc, Mata Hari, Diane Arbus, Virginia Woolf…Let’s dream….
We met Penny Dreadful creator and writer John Logan during San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and were lucky enough to have a one-on-one conversation (he was even gracious enough to offer his cigarettes!) with him. He talked very fondly of you and it was evident to us that he deeply adores you (he told us that he completely gets our adoration towards you as he feels the same way). Your special friendship and professional relationship with him is greatly talked about and admired as he seem to really have a good grasp of your capability as an actress. Together, you’ve built an iconic character in Vanessa Ives. What is it like to work with John and what do you think makes your tandem work?
First of all, John is one of the most brilliant writers alive today so it is a rare gift for an actor to work so closely with someone so talented. His characters are so multi-dimensional and conflicted that it renders them incredibly interesting. He wrote me the meatiest role I’d ever been offered. And on top of that Vanessa is intelligent, strong, fearless and yet vulnerable. My biggest hesitation in doing a TV series was that you are given the scripts at the last minute, just before shooting each episode. But John promised me that I would have the scripts well beforehand as he knows I prepare my roles in advance and he kept his word. He offered me the most amazing collaboration. For instance when I felt that there was a line that I wanted to cut because I felt it could be conveyed with a look or through action, John jokingly called me his “French Cut-Wife” and would graciously make the cut! John loves actors and he comes from the theater and he realizes that for an actor to give the best performance they can, they need to own the words and believe in what they are saying. I will always be grateful for having been given the gift of Vanessa Ives.
You are very much admired as someone who is very honest about her struggle with self-confidence. A lot of your fans, men and women alike, have often said that one of the things that they appreciate about you is your openness to admit and discuss your vulnerability. For us your fans, you are extremely relatable and inspiring in this aspect. Do you have any advice for anyone struggling with it?
Well… It may come as a surprise but a lot of actors don’t have much confidence and they cover it up! I’m really trying to make progress in this area because I realize no one can have confidence in you unless you have confidence in yourself. I do read some of the Inspirational writers such as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra… And I’m a huge fan of Clarissa Pinkola Estes who wrote “Women Who Run with the Wolves” and I have all of her audiobooks. I love her tales which she narrates herself. She has a kind, almost childlike voice that is soothing and inspiring. (You should listen to her, recounting the tales of “The Jumping Mouse”, “Prayer for the Outsider”, “The Cry of the Swans”)
— To Be Continued —