Showtime has given a third season renewal to horror drama “Penny Dreadful.”
The series spearheaded by screenwriter John Logan will begin production in Dublin this fall. Showtime has ordered nine episodes.
Season two of the period drama starring Eva Green and Josh Hartnett will wrap up on July 5.
“John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented ensemble continue to draw a passionate, global fanbase into the meticulously crafted world of ‘Penny Dreadful,’” said Showtime Networks president David Nevins. “Together with our wonderful partners at Sky Atlantic, we’re excited to see what new haunts John and his team have in store for season three.”
“Dreadful” is a co-production of Showtime, Sky Atlantic and Neal Street Prods., the London-based banner headed by Sam Mendes.
“Dreadful” has been a multiplatform success story for Showtime, with a good portion of its audience coming through VOD and streaming platforms.
By Julie Schott
Why the French actress is “becoming very LA.”
Sometimes Penny Dreadful star Eva Green wishes she could switch places with her twin sister and enjoy the luxury of anonymity. “She has an amazing life in Italy. She’s married to a count,” Green says. “I wish I could be her sometimes. She’s more down to earth.” When the French actress wants to disappear–a difficult feat after her mega-sexy turn in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For–she puts on her “teenager” uniform: “black t-shirt, black leggings, no makeup.”
But her signature jet-black hair, red lips, and, let’s be honest, cleavage make it impossible to blend in. We want to know all of her beauty secrets. Here, Green shares her thoughts on hair, nutrition, and nude scene prep.
ON THE PERFECT RED LIP:
I would do a red lip [on the red carpet], a flashy red lip, bada-boom. Otherwise, I’m useless. I love M.A.C or NARS pigments. Ruby Woo or Lady Danger.
I’m a vampire; I use a lot of sun cream. Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense is very good. The less you go in the sun the better. I moisturize with Avene. It’s a French brand that’s really good.
ON HER HAIR REGIMEN:
I wash my hair quickly. L’Oréal Absolut Repair has amazing conditioner and shampoo; it makes your hair thicker and shiny. I’m not just saying that because I’m a L’Oréal Professionnel ambassador! I dyed my hair for the first time when I was 15 and it stayed. I like dark because it makes my skin pop and it’s more me. I work with Orla Carroll for hair on shoots.
I’m becoming very LA. I drink lots of water and eat lots of green vegetables. I’m doing lots of juices at the moment. I kind of do apple, kale, carrot. I’ve got a fancy juicer. I started feeling very tired and everybody was like ‘You should try the juicing,’ but I really love it. I felt very weak. It was a revelation. And only organic fruit and vegetables. There’s so many pesticides and shit. I discovered the book by Dr. Fuhrman where he talks about juicing and eating mainly vegetables.
ON NUDE SCENE PREP:
As an actor, it’s not like a porn star. The role is not gratuitous and I kind of detach myself if I have to do a nude scene. For the sequel of 300, I did a lot of core training and that kind of work because my character was a warrior—[it needed] to be believable [that I could] kick some ass. Two or three months of training for five hours a day and I loved it. Your muscles are getting stronger. It’s like a drug almost, you feel addicted, but then on your own it’s so hard. You don’t have somebody kicking your ass every morning. I go for a run every day, I do elliptical, I do stretching. I run like 30 minutes—it’s for the head.
ON SOCIAL ANXIETY:
I’m like a cave woman. I wish I could hang out in a big social place and being very open, but I’m not like that. Being shy was a real problem in school. I don’t feel very comfortable. I have force myself to go out. At events, it’s part of the job. I see it as a game. Otherwise I’m very invisible. I prefer to float around.
By Ruben V. Nepales
Eva, with the charming, intense eyes, smiled as she heard John’s introduction.
She lost no time sharing what’s happening with her character: “When we start Season Two, Vanessa is very vulnerable, very lost. She feels like she’s been abandoned by God. She’s still haunted by the devil but she thinks she’s managed to tame him. But in fact, the devil has sent his servants to capture her soul. They’re actually witches, these servants. They’re very scary so she feels very scared and feels a bit trapped.
“Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory) becomes involved with Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton). Right in the beginning, Vanessa senses there’s something much more to this woman than meets the eye. She just senses with her sixth sense, Oh my God, there’s something odd. Little by little, we discover that Evelyn is actually the head of the witches and her mission is to deliver Vanessa’s soul to the master, the devil. She’s Vanessa’s enemy, that’s for sure. Helen McCrory is absolutely wonderful—she’s a very sexy, dark, beautiful actress.
“Vanessa is still wrestling with her inner demons all the time. It’s much more internal this year, I would say. There’s also a beautiful love story with the character of Ethan. They’re both fighting with their own demons and they try to suppress their desire for each other.”
“It’s a dangerous, spicy relationship,” she added with a grin, her blue eyes lighting up. “They’re afraid that if they give in to their desire, they will destroy each other. It’s a very beautiful relationship.”
Asked about the elaborate sets, Eva answered, “My favorite is my character’s bedroom because it’s very simple and plain. It’s just one bed and a cross and yet all the drama happens there. The true Vanessa is in that bedroom. She can unleash all her demons there.”
– Magazines & Newspapers > 2015 > Máxima (Portugal) – May 2015
Some consider her the femme fatale of the 21st Century. Others see her as the selective actress of The Dreamers by Bertolucci. In Paris, in the event of L’Oréal Professionnel for its new spokesperson, Máxima confirmed Eva Green’s magnetism:
Known as one of the femme fatale of her generation, Eva Green never had any difficulty in accepting challenging roles. The careful selection of roles leaves no doubt about her cinematograph preferences but this French is much more than a character in a film noir. It doesn’t surprise considering her ancestry. Daughter of Marlène Jobert and a Swedish dentist, followed her mother’s footsteps, she studied in Eva Saint Paul Drama School. But it was her brilliant performance in The Dreamers, by Bernardo Bertolluci, the turning point where she decided to make a career in the movies. Two years later she arrived in Hollywood and in a few months she already got the leading role in the Ridley Scott film Kingdom of Heaven. Her cinematography is not vast, shooting a few more than one film a year, between 2003 and 2014, most are independent movies. It would be strange for her role as a Bond Girl in Casino Royale if Vesper Lynd wasn’t one of the most complex characters in the saga. And sensual. Despite this sensuality in the screen, Eva calls herself a nerd, admitting that she rather have a glass of wine and a good book than go to a party.
She is not an interview fan but she welcomed Máxima with an unexpected sympathy considering she is at the end of a marathon of them. She threatened to lie on the velvet couch while she invited me to sit with a theatrical gesture but she didn’t do it. The expressivity of the actress doesn’t seem to have the right to rest even after hours of answering journalists. She admits that starting a career working with directors like Bertolucci gave her confidence to choose roles. And despite telling us that she would like to play simpler characters, her last choice seems to indicate that she not ready yet to move away from demanding roles. She is filming Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Tim Burton, a fantastic horror story based in a New York Times best-seller book. Before saying goodbye she told us that she would love to visit our country ( Portugal) : “Even with my skin tone. I really like the sun”. And even with heels she says she loves what she does and “when we are in love with what we do, that’s not really a job’’
– Magazines & Newspapers > 2015 > Grazia (Italy) – June 3, 2015
Last but not least, I’ve also uploaded scans from the May 2015 issue of GQ UK.
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!
She’s been a Bond girl, she’s going to be the star of Tim Burton’s next film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and she’s currently the heroine of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful (which returns for season two this Sunday). Eva Green is as busy as she is strikingly beautiful. We caught up with the French actress in her home country at an event celebrating her newest venture as international spokesperson for L’Oréal Professionnel. And it turns out the actress who’s known for her femme fatale roles is a self-professed tomboy. But we’ve found it’s the ones who keep it simple—her can’t-live-without products? Contact lenses, sunscreen, and red lipstick—that have the best beauty secrets. If her flawless alabaster complexion and flowing, glossy locks are any indication, our theory is right on the money. So we had to ask all of the pressing beauty questions.
What are the hallmarks of your beauty routine?
EG: First of all, drinking lots of water and watching what you eat is very important. More than anything else, eat organic green vegetables (I know, very exciting!).
Otherwise, skin-wise, I very gently remove my makeup in the evenings. I like Cetaphil —you can buy it in Boots [a European pharmacy], it’s cheap, and it’s gentle. Lots of moisturizer and sun scream are very important.
Also, hair is very important. I’m an actress, so jobs play with my hair a lot. And it gets very damaged, so I have to look after it. During the week when I’m shooting, it gets quite hard because I need to use a light shampoo or else they can’t really play with my hair. So it’s the weekends when I use deeper treatments. There’s the Pro Fiber Treatment [by L’Oréal Professionnel]. It’s not out yet, but it’s really kind of revolutionary because it lasts. It doesn’t go after the first shampoo and it makes your hair stronger. That’s a very good product.
What are some of your skincare musts for summer?
EG: My skin and scalp are so fragile that I really have to be careful in the sun—inside too, apparently. (My doctor told me I have to put sun cream on when I’m inside too.) Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! I always moisturize and I love SkinCeuticals. It just has to be something that’s efficient!
What are your favorite products in the French pharmacies?
EG: Simple, natural products are my thing. In the French pharmacies, I like Avéne and La Roche-Posay. I apply the Cold Cream from Avéne in the evening a lot. It restores your skin. I shot on an island for a couple of months and that kind of saved me from the conditions—all the wind and sun.
What’s your go-to, off-duty look?
EG: I’m simple. Clean, straight hair with a side part. I love Diorshow Mascara and a strong red lipstick—you can’t go wrong. I’m terrible at foundation. I think it’s better to be quite plain and have a red lip, like Mac’s Ruby Woo or Lady Danger.
On the red carpet, do you prefer a smoky eye or a red lip?
EG: People say you can’t, but I think you can do both! If you have the right makeup artist. But I like simple red—good skin, a red lip, and Yves Saint Laurent style hair that’s quite masculine.
– Magazines & Newspapers > 2015 > Io Donna (Italy) – May 30, 2015
“Dark? But I dream of doing a comedy.”
She found Ireland, where she is filming the second season of the horror tv show Penny Dreadful, a mystical country. But also in western atmospheres, Eva Green does not stop confronting the dark forces. Even her mother, French actress Marlène Jobert, is surprised by her dark roles…
The sky is grey, the sudden rain that makes the asphalt dark and shiny, the bare trees of a cold February day: the atmosphere of Ardmore Studios in Wicklow County, forty minutes from Dublin, could not be more appropriate. They are shooting the second season of Penny Dreadful, an horror-gotic tv show created by John Logan and produced by Sam Mendes, set during the Victorian London.
The scene is full of deformed monsters, characters from literature – Dorian Gray, Dracula and Frankenstein – opium smokers, adventurers. Here, every morning for months, Eva Green became the fragile, painful and enigmatic Vanessa Ives, the sorcerer with supernatural powers who fights evil spirits and unknown forces. Between takes, the actress leave her long dark dress with rigid corset (the amazing costumes have been created by Gabriella Pescucci) and present herself to this interview with a severe masculine cut shirt color – Is it a coincidence? – of blood, complete with a bow tie, leather pants and boots. All black, like her hair. She’s pale, with those special blue eyes, she seems a little bit tired and wan but still fascinating, the uncertain voice and the usual shyness; Eva Green charms.
By Mike Flaherty
For a top screenwriter, a love of the lurid fiction of Victorian England led to Showtime’s Penny Dreadful.
John Logan’s career as a playwright and screenwriter – alonq with a Tony Award and three Oscar nominations – is the stuff that MFA dreams are made of.
Yet, he admits, that didn’t — couldn’t — quite prepare him for his current gig, the singularly demanding job of series showrunner.
In Dublin, Ireland, he’s in the thick of shooting season two of Showtime’s period horror drama, Penny Dreadful, which he created and also executive-produces. “It’s like a three-ring circus — hopefully in a productive way,” he says of life on the soundstages.
“The learning curve is huge,” he continues. “I was unprepared for the temporal challenges that thrust themselves upon you when you’re filming one episode, editing another from three months ago — and prepping something that’s going to be shot in two weeks. It requires such mental agility to put those different hats on and take them off as you walk from building to building.”
Penny Dreadful‘s 10-episode second season, which premieres May 3 and which Logan wrote after squeezing in the screenplay for the next Bond film, (Spectre), has two more episodes than the first.
As his expansive resume attests (an Emmy nomination for his script for the HBO telepic RKO 281 and film scripts including Skyfall, Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Hugo), putting words on the page has never been a challenge
“If I [were to] ever write a novel, this is it,” he says, aptly enough, as the title of his current project alludes to the melodramatic pulp novels-by-installment that were popular in Victorian England, which is also the show’s setting.
“The form of those novels — the way they were written and marketed and consumed — has resonance for me.”
“I love extremes”
Fatale in Sin City, possessed in Penny Dreadful, the actress with 50 shades of dark is now shooting the new Tim Burton film. Today, the bewitched muse of L’Oréal Professionnel dreams of comedy.
Daughter of a cinema icon of the 70’s – paragon of the sexy and cheeky French – and of a Swedish dentist, Eva Green resembles nobody else, even if she comes with a twin sister the story reveals nothing about but the name.
The chosen one, it’s her. Eva Green. Even if it may sound like a pseudonym, it isn’t one. Eva, Ève, biblical name of legendary echo and cinematographic reminiscence – Losey, Mankiewicz. Green : the green of her eyes? They’re blue, huge and particularly expressive. Back in the days of mute cinema, she would have made acarnage. Although it would have been a shame, her low voice is a treasure.
“My lack of confidence is disastrous. I still don’t know what I’m missing. It’s an inner thing I can’t untie, and being successful doesn’t change anything to it. This job is a constant questioning. I can put on a strong face, but I don’t get used to it… On the other hand, I know that being an actress doesn’t solve everything. We live intensely, but it’s not enough. I don’t want to wake up at age 50 telling myself that I’ve done nothing but films.” – Eva Green
By Patricia Dahaner
For a former ‘Bond’ girl, Eva Green certainly knows how to keep under the radar. After two years of living quietly in Ireland, she says that she’s happier walking the Wicklow hills – make-up free – than in a Dublin nightclub
Eva Green has been doing so much work in Ireland in recent years that the Paris-born actress jokes that she should get herself an Irish passport.
Living in Dalkey, Co. Dublin, for the past two years, she is very at home in a house by the sea, to which she retreats each night, after days at Ardmore Studios filming Penny Dreadful.
A self-described introvert – who says she took up acting to help with her acute shyness – the embrace of the coastline of Dublin Bay comforts her.
“There’s something very magical and very spiritual in Ireland. The nature is very particular here and there are forces,” she tells me in her very quiet voice. It’s a statement befitting of Vanessa Ives, the mysterious clairvoyant that Eva plays in supernatural TV series Penny Dreadful.
Though set in Victorian London, the show – which also stars Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett and is now in its second series for American network Showtime – is filmed in Dublin. When we meet on the set at Ardmore Studios, 34-year-old Eva is dressed in a purple silk shirt and black tie from Dolce & Gabbana over a pair of black leather trousers and high boots. She’s friendly and wants to give a decent interview, but there’s also an arms-length reserve which she can’t help but give off. There’s almost no trace of a French accent when she speaks.
“I shot Cracks here in Ireland, it’s a small film. A long time ago, I did a TV show here also, called Camelot. I’ve spent two years here now doing Penny Dreadful, so I think I should get an Irish passport!
At the moment I’m working on Penny Dreadful in Ardmore Studios. It’s a psycho-sexual thriller made by the US production company Showtime. I’m part of the core stunt team for it. I double for the actress Eva Green. She has incredible mental and physical stamina, and she is very focused. We get on quite well. She does most of her own stunt work, so I end up rehearsing fights with her. We want the actors to do the fights, and if it’s something they can manage without any injury, they will do them.
On a day of shooting, I’ll stand with Eva and shadow her. But sometimes they do a master take, where they use a stunt double for a fight. When that happens, I’m dressed exactly like her – my hair and make-up will be the same. They do an incredible job. We have the same build, too. Sometimes when people see me from behind, they shout, ‘Eva, Eva’, and when I turn around they say, ‘You got me’. As a stunt woman, you have got to be the right kind of build. If you’re fit, you’ll probably be slim. The best stunt performers pay attention to detail. You have to study all of your actress’s mannerisms.
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By Roth Cornet
“Once I embraced the occult I knew I had to have witches.”
Showtime’s horror series Penny Dreadful is set to return for its second season this April. Critics have responded positively to the dark, gothic drama, but hasn’t entirely found its audience yet. Though he’s a fan of the series himself, Showtime President said that the sophomore season is “do or die” for the series.
Set in Victorian London, the show interweaves both created and iconic horror characters, including Dorian Grey, Victor Frankenstein and his monster, and Mina Harker. Last season saw the central characters searching for Mina and battling with gorgeously gruesome vampires.
This year, they will become the hunted as the series introduces a new mythological foe: witches.
Creator John Logan was joined by leads Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Timothy Dalton (Sir Malcolm Murray), Helen McCrory (Madam Kali), and Harry Threadaway (Victor Frankenstein) at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour to talk about what fans can expect from the season of the witch.
A Villain They Can Interact With
One of the network’s hopes is that having a villain that the audience can connect with will help to increase viewer engagement.
“This season we embrace witchcraft,” Logan enthused. “So I created the character that Helen McCrory plays, Evelyn Poole. We introduced her last season and this season, she becomes the antagonist for not only Vanessa but all the characters. And one of the joyous things for me this season is last season we set the players on the board, and now we get to sort of play with them in interesting ways. So characters meet who have never met, hidden things are revealed, mostly because of the pressure that’s on them. So there will be external pressure from Evelyn Poole and the psychological pressure between all of them.”
Each character will be facing their own challenged, but it will center around his one, chilling woman.
“Ethan in this season learns exactly what he is,” Logan continued. “And he’s hunted by a very dogged Scotland inspector played by Doug Hodge and has drawn closer to Vanessa in every conceivable way due to the pressure on them. Sir Malcolm, who at the end of last season saw family come together, is drawn into a relationship with Evelyn Poole that alienates him, both sort of romantically, personally, and supernaturally from the rest of the people in the series. And Dr. Frankenstein himself is grappling with a new life form which is a woman, in fact, the woman he killed, Brona Croft, and has to deal with what those emotions, what those feelings, what those sensitivities are. So that’s a long way of saying that Evelyn Poole this season becomes an actual antagonist who can speak. Last season we had the vampires, brooding and silent creatures, and now we have a proper villain, and we enjoy her immensely.”
How Will Season 2 Differ From The First?
Heading into the first season of the series, Logan set himself up with a very specific challenge, to create a horror series that, “would break your heart.”
“I believe that’s what we accomplished,” the writer reflected.
Adding, however, that “this season I think is much better and tonally very different.”
“I would think there is more pressure, there’s more tension this season because last season our heroes were hunters,” Logan said. “This season, they are the hunted. They are the prey. So there’s a foxhole mentality because there’s so much pressure on them externally from Evelyn Poole and also internally because they’re growing closer and the stakes are higher emotionally. You know, we sort of unleashed Helen this season. We go for broke. So it is our make or break season, and we’re going for it.”
“What we had to do last season was set up so many characters and create the dynamics between them,” Hartnett added. “And in this season, it just gets to mature. The characters’ understandings of themselves and the characters’ relationships are able to mature so it just feels richer. It just felt to me like a richer version of Penny Dreadful.”
When asked if – despite the network’s mandate that the show find it’s audience this season if it is to return for a third – Logan has started breaking stories for Season 3, the creator replied without hesitation: “Yes. I am nothing but confident. Any man who faces a blank page every day must have swagger.”
If you haven’t yet, there’s still plenty of time to catch up with Penny Dreadful’s first season before Season 2 premieres!
Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime on May 3.