Here’s the Third Part of our Exclusive Q&A with Eva Green. We thank her for her kindness, candidness and for taking her time to do this Q&A with us. Special thanks goes to her twin sister Joy for once again facilitating this, without whom it wouldn’t be possible. In case you missed the First Part and Second Part of the interview, you can read them HERE and HERE. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave some messages or comments. Enjoy!
Your red carpet looks for the past three years has been very simple, sublime and faithful to designer Elie Saab. It’s a stark contrast from your past Alexander McQueen and John Galliano dominated red carpet appearances that were adventurous, playful and iconic. Was the change a conscious decision? And will we still be able to see your playful side on the red carpet?
I wish I could be as brave as Helena Bonham Carter who wore one red shoe and one green shoe to the Golden Globes! I adore her! Unfortunately, not a lot of people have a sense of humour at these events and it has become very “political”…. This said, I do love Elie Saab clothing, it’s very ethereal and magical!
You are well-travelled and seem to choose to visit unconventional destinations. Is there a place that you haven’t visited yet but is dying to see and experience?
I have always dreamed of visiting the Himalayas. And this year I was lucky enough to travel to Bhutan and Nepal! I was probably African in another life because I’m completely in love with the Continent! In February, I went to Tanzania and discovered the Singita Grumeti Reserves and their Environmental Education Centre. And I was so impressed by their foundation that I have become their Ambassador. Their work, educating children about the environment, is amazing, and could help to change the planet for the better. I’m planning on continuing work with this fabulous organization because what appealed to me the most was their concrete approach to conservation … Once the children have finished the Conservation Workshop, they return to their villages to transmit this precious knowledge not only to their family but to the entire village. I can’t think of a more exciting way to empower children than to teach them that they have the capacity to change their world… which is the first step in making the rest of the world a better place.
You recently revealed that you are a vegetarian and have been vocal about your disdain for industrially raised and processed food source. Is the change correlated to each other? And what are your other activism passions apart from the environment?
Yes, I have become a vegetarian because we all need to think differently about what we eat. As Dr Fuhrman (the author of Super Immunity) says, “We can supercharge our immune system to protect our bodies against disease through nutrition”. I’ve also been influenced by several remarkable documentaries – which I feel should be seen in every school worldwide: “Forks over Knives”, “Food Matters”. These all promote a plant-based diet for better health. But my switch to become a vegetarian also had to do with doing my part in saving the environment. Watching the documentary “COWSPIRACY” was a total Badaboom! moment for me and I wonder why this documentary is not getting the press it deserves. I think if people see these documentaries, they will come to the same conclusion as I did – we need to shift to a plant-based diet to save our health, our environment and spare the suffering of millions and millions of animals.
What is one change about yourself for the past ten years that you most appreciate and value?
Becoming a vegetarian has changed me not only physically but also mentally and spiritually. I feel much more connected to all my fellow earthlings.
For the past 3 seasons of Penny Dreadful, you are constantly put to the wringer. What has been the most difficult scene to shoot?
My favourite episode in Season 3 is called “A Blade of Grass”. It’s like a play and had the most demanding scenes. It was so intense that in a rehearsal just before we shot, I punched a wall and ended up dislocating my finger that got so swollen and black and blue, that they had to change the size of the shot so that you couldn’t see my hand! Oh, the glamour of it all!
A lot of your fans are surprised that (technically) La Pianiste is your first cinematic appearance. How did it come about for you and how was it like to be working with one of the most revered French actress in Isabelle Huppert, your uncle Christian Berger and the great Michael Haneke?
The truth is, I was visiting my aunt and uncle in Vienna where they were shooting “The Pianist”. And when Haneke found out I wanted to become an actor, he suggested I play Benoît Magimel’s girlfriend because all I would have to do is walk up the stairs with him… Ha ha! It turned out to be a total catastrophe because they had to redo the take several times because I was so nervous,.. Haneke said that I wasn’t walking up the stairs naturally…. And then I thought, “Oh no….if I’m not even able to go up the stairs on camera…I’m in trouble…”
— To Be Continued —