By Brian Formo
Perhaps we should reconsider what deserves a Best Actress nomination.
Eva Green – We have spent a lot of time on Green in our year-end wrap ups. I’ll let CraveOnline’s film editor, William Bibbianni summarize our collective thoughts: “Eva Green is so ludicriously charismatic in 300: Rise of an Empire that we still can’t quite get over it. As the villainous Artemisia, she manipulates, decapitates, and even copulates with the fury of a God. And as the sociopathic femme fatale in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (also based on the works of Frank Miller, she boasted that same magnetism. Someone get Eva Green a better movie, right now.”
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By Trace Thurman
Penny Dreadful – The Séance
Talk about a slow burn. Penny Dreadful has one of the most interesting narratives of any TV show I’ve ever seen. Based on the pilot alone, it is clear that the destination is not what’s important with this show, but rather the journey instead. Penny Dreadful takes its sweet time getting to the point, and at first I was a little bored but after a while I became mesmerized by how beautiful it was. That pretty much changed after the second episode, appropriately titled Séance. If Eva Green doesn’t get an Emmy nomination next year (and let’s face it, she probably won’t) it will be a sad day for TV indeed. All of the performances are top notch, but Green nearly steals every scene she is in. Her tour de force performance in the second episode involves her character becoming possessed at the titular event and it’s phenomenal.
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By Willa Paskin
Mo, you have already chimed in for Penny Dreadful, but I want to chime in particularly for Eva Green. She plays Vanessa Ives, a woman with a traumatic past and a penchant for communing with spirits. Late in the season she became possessed, and not by some semi-friendly neighborhood spirit. Ives’ possession looked painful, brutal, and physically taxing. Green threw her body around with convincing abandon and was even scarier when she opened her mouth. (I will say, Mo, that I found Reeve Carney as Dorian Grey, his kissing abilities aside, to be a total bore—a handsome dull patch.) Prior to Penny Dreadful, I always thought of Green as the best-ever Bond girl. That may be a debate for another club, but it speaks to the regularity with which Green toggles between small and silver screens.
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By Collider Staff
Penny Dreadful – “Closer Than Sisters”
Eva Green should be getting some awards recognition for her work on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Want to see why? All you have to do is watch episode 5, “Closer Than Sisters.” It was pretty clear that she was going to own the show after the seance scene in episode 2, but “Closer Than Sisters” isn’t just a standout installment because of one mind-blowing moment. Green nails a drastic single-episode arc that takes Vanessa from a bright, kind young woman to one plagued by demons and darkness. “Closer Than Sisters” functions as a brilliant character piece and standalone episode, but it was also a major game changer for the rest of the show. Whether you’re watching a scene between Vanessa and Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) or one during which she’s exploring her budding romance with Dorian Grey (Reeve Carney), it all comes back to what she experienced in this episode. – Perri Nemiroff
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By Araceli Roach
Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime in just a few months. The Gothic horror series – which boasted an all-star cast, including Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton – captured its audience by combining the right amount of sex, violence and sensational tales to keep viewers enthralled until the very end, and now it hopes to raise the stakes in season 2.
Season 1 of the new series saw numerous characters discover and accept their dreadful fates. By season’s end, Ethan (Hartnett) had transformed into a werewolf to avoid returning to America, while Vanessa (Green) questioned whether she truly wanted to be normal, even after Malcolm (Dalton) sacrificed his own daughter to save her.
Yet perhaps the most tragic moment of all came when an already deathly-ill Brona (Billie Piper) died at the hands of Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) so that his creation Caliban (Rory Kinnear) could have a mate.
And things are only going to get worse this year for everyone. Whereas last season Vanessa and the rest of the key players did as they pleased, season 2 will find them on the run. According to Executive Producer John Logan at this week’s TCA Press Tour, “Last season, our heroes were hunters. This season, they’re hunted.” And if you watched the new trailer above, you’ll understand why.
Merely a recurring character in season 1, Helen McCrory’s dark witch Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), who seems to enjoy bathing in a tub of blood, will become the main antagonist this season. Like many other villains before her, Poole of course believes she’s doing the right thing.
“She has a noble calling even though it runs counter to Sir Malcolm’s,” says Logan. “She might think she’s on the side of the angels, even though she’s on the side of the devils.”
And joining her this season will be Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate. Together the two characters will bring a proper human villain to Penny Dreadful after the vampires of season 1. They’ll not only become major antagonists for Vanessa but for all the characters.
Logan also said to critics, “We sort of unleash hell in this season. It’s our make or break season.” Let’s hope it’s a good one.
Season 2 of Penny Dreadful premieres April 26th @10pm on Showtime.
By Kara Howland
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
I love genre shows, so when I heard Showtime’s Penny Dreadful would include mashup of some of the best known horror villains there are — Frankenstein’s monster, vampires, a wolf man — I knew we were in for a treat. That combined with the strange and tormented lives of all the main characters makes for an interesting and intriguing show. Now that I’ve been introduced to these characters and come to know them a bit better, I can’t wait to see how their relationships change and mature as they fight a new villain.
Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Helen McCrory and EP John Logan participated in a panel at the Winter 2015 TCAs for Showtime. They discussed their characters, what we can look forward to in season 2 and more.
“I don’t really think so, did we? It was clear in the writing. You take the writing. The blueprint is there. The essence is there. Eva and I and John, we just make it work.” – Timothy Dalton
“Tim’s a great example of how, for me, the second season is different from the first, because when I wrote these characters, they didn’t exist. The actors didn’t exist, other than Eva Green being in my head, I had no idea who these actors were going to be. Now I’ve spent a year with them. I’ve worked with them on set. I’ve seen their performances and their voices have gotten into my head.” – John Logan
I don’t remember the last time I saw an actress give a performance that was as committed as what Eva did in the first season of that show, aggressively committed. Can you talk a little bit about working with her when she was in those fugue states, as it were.
Timothy: “Well, I did a lot of work with her last year. Most of my work was with her. I will tell you simply, there were occasions when I was really proud, as a man and as an actor, to be on that set with her. I could have cheated.”
Harry Treadaway: “I felt sorry for her at times. She was cowering in the corner and possessed and dankering and scabs all over her and paper fiddling with her.”
Timothy: “And she had to get up at 4:00 in the morning.”
Harry: “‘Are you all right?’ ‘Let’s just do the scene.’ But she was brilliant. She was brilliant.”
Season 2 synopsis, from Showtime:
Season 2 finds Vanessa and Ethan forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene, unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray, the Creature and Brona are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Jonny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.
Season 2 of Penny Dreadful premieres Sunday, April 26th at 10/9c on Showtime.
By Jeff York
Premium cable’s new horror series “Penny Dreadful” was good in its debut season, with the potential to be truly great in its sophomore effort. Star Eva Green however, was never anything less than extraordinary throughout. Whether channeling demons in a séance or archly flirting with costar Josh Hartnett, you couldn’t take your eyes off of her saucy and sinful Vanessa Ives character.
And about halfway through the eight-episode run, show creator John Logan pushed some of the lesser narrative threads to the back in favor of letting the Vanessa character take over. Smart move as Green is one of the best actresses working today and she makes each minute she’s in “Penny Dreadful” into something sublime.
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By Manuela Ravasio
We interviewed Julia Fullerton-Batten, the first woman photographer behind the lens for the brand of red passion.
What does this mean for you, the word “muse”?
The muse is someone who is a source of inspiration for creative work. Eva Green was definitely: in a week of intense work together to achieve the Campari 2015 calendar. I feel privileged to have had her as my muse. I was really excited to work with her. As a viewer I always liked her attitude on the set. I was very impressed with the patience she have shown for the realization of these photos. Working with Eva was a revelation for my work usually choose styles found on the streets, but Eva showed me a rich variety of expressions, gestures, personality that I had never met before.
As you have represented the culture of the beverage Campari in 12 months?
In working with Eva and the team we have tried to associate the theme Mythology Mixology with everyday life, something that would unite the lovers of Campari with a menu of 12 classic drink from the long story but still loved, and drunk from the public. For this reason, the ones you see in the shots reflect the true nature of Campari, including contemporary, inspiration and imagination. Then the scarlet Campari returns in clothes and make-up of Eva, and then a location and coordination of lights which enter into this balance. The entire calendar I think that conveys the very idea of a fairytale event.
“Ducks” from the set that you can / want to reveal?
Eva loved to entertain us with a lot of funny expressions. On one of these occasions, while we were shooting a scene on a counter, took the soda siphon and sprayed everywhere … .she definitely relaxed the set!
Thank you to Valentina for translating this article-interview for us!
Source: Marie Claire Italy
Eva Green wishes she could have a live-in hairstylist.
The 34-year-old beauty cemented her style-icon status when she appeared as Bond girl Vesper Lynd in 2006’s Casino Royale, with Daniel Craig by her side as 007.
She’s known for her trademark flowing brunette locks, and while it might look like she knows just how to tame her mane, she says it’s all an illusion.
“Oh god… If I could, I’d have a hairstylist living at mine, who does it for me every morning,” she admitted to German magazine Jolie.
“In that sense, I’m just like a man. I spend absolutely no time whatsoever on my everyday look. I do it like this: shake hair upside down, tie it up, done!”
While raven locks have become her trademark, Eva’s hair is actually dark blonde. In the future, she could imagine going back to a lighter shade.
“I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 15,” she shared. “I’d love to try going platinum blonde. Unfortunately, it’s so bad for your hair. I suggested it to my hairdresser and he said, ‘Well, OK, good luck.'”
“At home in the mirror, everything looks great. Then the flash photography starts up and with the light complexion and the dark hair, you look like you’re in a horror movie,” she grimaced.
“I have to be careful not to look like a ghost in pictures. But you can’t really control what happens on the red carpet.”
Source: Belfast Telegraph
By Fernanda Baldioti
The star of calendar 2015, the french actress collects stuffed animals and only watch movies on plane
LONDON – At first glance, the production can cause impact: dress and red lipstick, and Louboutin sandals and a powerful make-up worthy of a diva of the cinema. But the look that Eva Green wore last Wednesday in a suite at the Ace Hotel in London, to launch the 2015 Calendar of Campari, is almost a costume, hand-picked for her to play one of the roles that is considered more difficult: to be herself.
“I hate it when, in a few photoshoots, I have to pose in front and smiling. Therefore I prefer to embody a character, with beautiful clothes, heavy makeup. It’s like an armor.” she explains, who under the lens of the prestigious German photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten gave life to the stories of twelve classic drinks that are based on traditional Italian drink .
But hiding behind her characters is not the only tactic Eva Green does to overcome shyness and flourish her best-known facet of femme fatale in movies. Considered one of the sexiest women in the cinema, the French actress, who played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in “Casino Royale” (2006), calls attention not to have stunning curves. Nor is it the kind that is making faces to test your power of conquest. Eva prefers a game of seduction less obvious, which attracts more by the atmosphere of mystery that she creates around herself, starting with the choice of enigmatic role such as the witch Serafina Pekkala in “The Golden Compass” (2007); the witch Angelique , in “Shadows of the Night” (2012), and currently the scary Vanessa Ives, in the series “Penny Dreadful”.
“The mysterious people who have secrets and are not obvious, are more attractive, more interesting. We lost the mystery in our society. With the internet, it no longer exists. I find this sad.”, she philosophizes, that makes a point of staying away from social networks: “I use my iPhone basically to exchange emails and take pictures.”
Off screen, without the typical supernatural powers of some of her characters, Eva keeps the element of suspense from day to day displaying a goth look: black clothing, smoky eyes and blond hair dyed black dramatically parted to the side. Not to mention the eccentric habits, such as a passion for taxidermy. Simply enter the living room of her house to come across some skulls and a series of stuffed animals (ranging from birds to an aurochs, an extinct species of bulls).”They find me strange because I have these things. And still think I collect art pieces. I love art, but this is a myth.” she says.
The exotic decor contrasts with the classic beauty, her soft voice and the almost demure way of the actress, who considers herself an “old lady” and not think twice before giving up a party to stay at home surrounded by friends and even alone: “I do not say lonely, but I like being myself. I am very quiet. For me, the less we say the better. I dont like to spend hours on the phone. I’m a strange animal…” she defined herself, who, however, does not dispense from an invitation to eat well. “I love food but do not have much patience for cooking. I prefer to spend my money going to good restaurants.”
By Sydney Bucksbaum
Can Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) ever really live a normal life on Penny Dreadful?
Or more importantly, does she even want to live a normal life?
All throughout season one of the hit Showtime drama, Vanessa was driven by her inner demons, and sometimes, she even liked the way they made her feel. They “empowered” her in a way, despite all the troubles they brought to her life.
When Showtime’s horror series returns for season two, Vanessa is going to have to make a choice about her demons: exorcise them or learn to live with them for good.
We’ve got your exclusive first look at the journey Vanessa is going to take in season two. Watch the new clip above, with commentary from Green herself!
Green also revealed that in season two of Penny Dreadful, the relationship between Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and Vanessa “is going to be very much explored.”
“They’re going to get closer,” Green said. “It’s a very beautiful relationship.”
While season two doesn’t have a premiere date scheduled yet, it is set to air in 2015.
By Sarah Michaud
“I love the one where I’m on the moon,” Eva Green remarks as she flips through her Campari calendar images with PEOPLE. “The astronaut outfit and the hairdo is really cool. And the Negroni shot, where I’m in a Vivienne Westwood courtesan outfit, has such a laid-back, romantic mood.”
The Penny Dreadful star, 34, is the face of the liqueur’s 2015 calendar, shot by Julia Fullerton-Batten and celebrating the stories behind the brand’s classic cocktails. With only 9,999 copies printed each year, the calendar never goes on sale but is instead distributed to friends of Campari.
“It’s such an iconic brand and very artistic,” Green tells PEOPLE of her decision to do the shoot. “I remember the pictures with Penélope Cruz – they were quite beautiful.”
Here are five things we learned about the former Bond girl (R.I.P. Vesper Lynd) while in London last week for the launch.
1. She’s a bit of an introvert.
“I’m so boring,” Green tells PEOPLE with a laugh. “I’m such a homebody. I’m not into going to parties because I never really feel comfortable. I’m a bear who lives in a cave.”
2. She has a (fraternal) twin sister.
“My sister Joy isn’t identical so it’s not as fun [as it could be]. If she looked like me … if I was really bad at math, she could go and take the test for me,” the Sin City star jokes. “Our lives are very different. She has two children, lives in Italy and has the perfect life.”
3. She’s currently hooked on True Detective.
“I’m a big fan,” says Green, although she admits that she isn’t completely clear on the “time is a flat circle” concept. “I don’t understand every single thing Rust says but I know what’s going on – the main points! I’m in awe of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – I think they’re just so fabulous, a great couple.”
4. Her favorite vacation spot? South Africa.
“I went on safari through Kruger National Park, down there at the end of the world. It was just the most magical place – nature, animals,” she explains. “The silence … it’s like you’re waiting for a dinosaur to show up. It’s just the best thing ever.”
5. Her costars are as charming as they are cute.
“I love Harry Treadaway. He’s such a pure, innocent soul and I adore him. Josh Hartnett is so nice and also very cool,” says Green of Penny Dreadful‘s main men. “Timothy Dalton is fabulous. He’s a bit of a father figure as well – he gives me advice in real life.”
The Sin City actress said there are not enough acting roles for women.
The shots of the Campari Calendar 2015 were taken by Julia Fullerton-Batten, famous art photographer, acclaimed worldwide and first woman to head the Campari Calendar project. Its distinctive feature, which is characterized by the use of light and of highly creative environments, helps to tell these stories and to visually capture a hint of timelessness, the fil rouge of Mythology Mixology this year. Thanks to a perfect combination of insightful vision and a distinctive approach, Julia gives life to every special history behind the classic cocktails Campari so contemporary and artistic.Here is Style Fashion’s exclusive interview:
What can you tell us of your experience on the shooting of the Campari Calendar 2015?
The theme of the Campari Calendar 2015 is Mythology Mixology. And merges visually the brand’s history and the story behind the most famous cocktail of Campari in monthly cameos. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to take the calendar with Eva Green stars and star. Bearing in mind that this is the 16th Edition of the Campari Calendar, are particularly proud of the fact that I am the first woman to photograph one of their iconic calendars. The shots were very similar to what I imagine to be a film set: full of people, exciting and very energetic! At one point we were able to count 71 people on set, all in the same time-the creative team, set designers, make-up artist, my team of assistants, etc. and, of course, two women at the center of the set. Everyone has created something. We worked a lot and often until late in the evening. We were a great team and we can be happy, proud and satisfied that everything has worked out so well. “
What was it like to work alongside Eva Green? You have shared funny experiences together?
I didn’t know who would have been the Muse until they are selected as a photographer. When I found out who it was I was absolutely delighted! When I first met Eva on the set just before the start of the shots I hit for his professionalism and patience, made the dress rehearsal of clothes for more than 4 hours. Eva is a pleasantly youthful person and it is very easy to get along. She has the ability to do facial expressions that made everyone laugh. On the set I ran once in a while, but in many cases the wondered of directing herself. I thought it was perfect for this project because we didn’t want to just tell the story of Campari, but also its placement in our contemporary society – this is what manages to capture Eva, is a timeless beauty that is both classical and modern. Among the funny anecdotes, there was a time when it is directed at the bar and playfully took a siphon and carbonated water sprayed all over the set.
There is a trick to capture the true essence of a woman?
There must be a personal bond between photographer and subject, in order to bring out his inner personality, his character and his aura. This requires an element of intimacy between the two. When I met Eva and we look into my eyes I felt that this connection was established and we would have had a good result, and that’s what happened.
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