Eva Green is like an “old lady”.
The 34-year-old actress has lived in London for several years but doesn’t have many recommendations on cool clubs and bars because she doesn’t go out drinking very much.
She said: “I’m quite boring actually, I love London because of the parks, I love walking and nice restaurants – St John’s is my favorite restaurant ever.
“I’m not a party girl, I’m like an old lady so if I have an aperitif I have it at home.”
Despite her big screen work, the French beauty insists she has no desire to ever move to Hollywood – joking that she wouldn’t be able to cope as she can’t drive a car.
She said: “I’ve been living here [in London] for eight or nine years now. I think I’d die in Hollywood, I cant drive…”
And the ‘Penny Dreadful’ actress – who stars in the 2015 iconic Campari calendar, which is titled ‘Mythology Mixology’ – is keen to take on a stage role in London because she finds working in theater “magical”, though “scary”.
Speaking at the unveiling of the calendar in London, she said: “Would I go on stage? Yeah. I would love to. In a small theater, [something like] Ibsen, I would love that.
“It’s quite scary to be on stage, it’s another process. It’s scary but amazing because you feel the electricity with the audience. It’s immediate and magical. But scary.”
Source: Kingston Region
Anyone who follows Smells Like Fashion on facebook and instagram must have noticed the Campari craziness over the last few days. In case you didn’t know, well, I was honored to be the social media ambassador of the iconic brand in order to communicate the launch of the Campari Calendar, representing Greece. Among my duties was to attend a fantastic event in London and meet Eva Green, the face of the newest Calendar. And since so many things happened on Tuesday and Wednesday, I decided to share my Campari Story step by step; I am still so overwhelmed by everything I experienced over these 2 days that I don’t even know where to start from. Or maybe I do: my meeting with Eva Green.
Eva could be an ancient Greek in terms of beauty and magnificence; her role as Artemisia in the movie “300: Rise of an Empire” suits her well. Tall, elegant and aristocratic, she is exactly the type of woman I want to become one day – a perfect match with the idea of the Campari Woman described here. However, she is extremely shy; not exactly what you expect from a celebrity. Maybe that’s because Eva is not really a celebrity, she is an artist instead. She avoids scandals and she is mainly focused on her job. From my point of view, Eva Green doesn’t seem interested in becoming the talk of the town because of her love affairs or even her style; on the contrary, she wants to earn your respect based on her work. Besides, every person who collaborated with her for the creation of the Campari Calendar mentioned that “she was not a trouble maker, but a true professional instead“.
Alexia: The new Campari Calendar, entitled “Mythology Mixology”, is celebrating Campari’s unique and colorful history. If you had the opportunity to go back in time, which decade would you like to live in? You seem like a 20′s girl!
Eva: Oh yes, 20′s were great. 30′s and 40′s as well! Of course, each era has positive and negative aspects, for example the War back then was terrible. But in terms of fashion, it was better during these decades. These days, fashion is not as good.
A: Speaking of fashion, if you had the chance to keep just one of the dresses worn at the Campari Calendar, which would you choose?
E: The Alaia dress (August, cocktail Old Pal). It was my favorite.
Moreover, Eva admitted that the backstage of the photoshooting, which took place in Budapest, was her favorite moment of the whole Campari experience. It’s important for her to feel like home, she doesn’t really enjoy being the “puppet” of the photographer and wants to have a say in her pictures. The actress also mentioned that she dislikes being photographed as herself; instead, she enjoys playing roles during the photoshootings, so the Campari Calendar was the perfect deal for her. When asked about social media, she mentioned that she tries to avoid them because she doesn’t really enjoy seeing people obsessed with their smartphones and technology. Fair enough, right? As for her goals and future plans, she is already collaborating with Tim Burton for a new film, while she continues the second season of the TV series Penny Dreadful – she doesn’t know what the future may hold, but certainly wants to try new things, avoiding getting stuck into the “box of femme fatale”.
All in all, I believe Eva Green was the ideal choice for the 2015 Calendar of Campari. Her beauty is timeless, exactly like the brand itself. Eva seems like a true professional and is quite different from what we are used to, when thinking of celebrities. I truly hope she remains down to earth and I cannot wait for her new movies and series. Eva, in case you’re reading this, you made my Campari Story even better!
Photo credit and story to Alexia Sakellariou of Smells Like Fashion
Eva Green immerses herself so deeply into her characters that she forgets she’s naked when she has to shoot a nude scene.
Eva Green ”forgets” she is naked when shooting nude scenes.
The 34-year-old actress has appeared in a number of racy scenes in her films such as ‘The Dreamers’ and though she admits she isn’t usually comfortable baring all, she immerses herself so deeply into the characters she is playing, she doesn’t feel awkward stripping on camera.
She said: ”It’s kind of weird I get so much into the character and so passionate that I forget…
”If you’re talking about a nude scene I get numb in some way, I forget that I’m naked and I do not like being naked.”
However, the ‘Penny Dreadful’ star – who stars in the 2015 iconic Campari calendar, which is titled ‘Mythology Mixology‘ – insists she wouldn’t strip if she didn’t feel it necessary for the role.
She added: ”I never do them if they’re gratuitous.”
Eva admits she has a ”weird” job because she has never always been confident speaking in front of other people.
Speaking at the launch of the Campari calendar, she said: ”It’s a weird job when I was at school I would never speak in front of people and here I am now. I always get nervous. I’m a tiny bit more confident now maybe.”
By Rebecca Cope
French actress is Campari’s scarlet woman across the ages for Mythology Mixology calendar
French actress Eva Green is Campari’s 2015 calendar girl, joining an illustrious list of former models including Uma Thurman, Penelope Cruz and Eva Mendes.
Titled Mythology Mixology, the 2015 edition celebrates Campari’s fabled history and the invention of some of its most popular cocktails, from the classic Negroni, created by Count Negroni himself in 1919, to the modern Campari Orange Passion, an update of the classic Campari Orange, with Green bringing to life a different story for every month.
“God knows why they chose me!” jokes Green on her casting. “I was very flattered. I guess it is because people like labelling me as a dark femme fatale. What I liked here though is that every month was a different character. I got to play lots of characters without doing any homework, no learning lines, no research.”
Shot by Julia Fullerton-Batten, 2015 marks the first in its 16-year run that the calendar has been shot by a woman – although Green herself is swift to point out that Julia’s gender has nothing to do with the quality of her work.
“To me, at the end of the day, woman or man, all that matters is if the person is talented,” she observes astutely. “And Julia is!”
Green herself was also extremely involved in the creative process, bringing her own team of stylists and make-up artists with her for the project.
“It was very important to me to not be treated like a model or a puppet – it was a real collaboration between my team and Campari,” she explains. “We had such an amazing team – it was a real joy to be on set.”
Although not strictly a fashion calendar per say, fashion does play a role, with the 34-year-old sizzling in Vivienne Westwood, Versace and Alaia, not to mention numerous custom-made gowns. So is Green interested in fashion herself?
“I love Rick Owens, big time,” she says. “And Elie Saab… those dresses are just so magical. I heard also that John Galliano is going to work again, with Margiela, so I wish him luck with that one.”
The fact that the calendar is not for sale, but instead distributed to 9,999 friends of Campari, heightens its artistic value, something with Green is quick to mention. “I’m having the June Sputnik shot framed for my living room, it’s my favourite,” she says. “I loved the boyishness of the astronaut’s suit, especially in contrast to some of the girlishness of the other months.”
And is she allowed any for her family? “It’s quite funny because my mum has always been a big fan of Campari and would often have a Negroni in the afternoon,” she says, “So I’ve asked for a calendar for her.”
Source: Harpers Bazaar UK
Jada Pinkett Smith thinks TV is the place to be for women right now and praises Claire Danes and Eva Green for their work on the small screen.
Women are beautifully complex, and on TV we have the time to peel back those many layers of a woman that defines her. And so we have all these fantastic characters, like Claire Danes in Homeland and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful – she’s probably my favourite character on TV right now,” she praised.
Read the rest of Jada Pinkett Smith’s interview HERE.
Source: Belfast Telegraph
By Katie Donbavand
It’s hard not to fall in love with Eva Green—even when she’s just a voice on the phone.
“I’m in Ireland at the moment,” she purred sounding every inch the femme fatale she often plays on the silver screen. “We just started about a week ago and then I’m going to go straight over to a Tim Burton film.” The busy actress also managed to find time to pose in the 2015 Campari calendar wearing a fantasy wardrobe that included Vivienne Westwood, Diane von Furstenberg,Christian Louboutin, and Versace.
Somewhere between the glamorous photo shoots and prepping for her various roles, Green managed to find time to talk to us about where she likes to wander in Paris, how she keeps her skin glowing, and what her new role in the latest Tim Burton movie entails.
You’re one of our favorite brunettes! What’s your secret to keeping your hair healthy and shiny? It’s always so beautiful.
My scalp is actually becoming quite sensitive. I just discovered that brand Moogoo, it’s for very sensitive scalp. It’s kind of organic, very simple. It’s nice.
Otherwise Shu Uemura do amazing shampoos. They do an oil as well that can be put on your hair for 24 hours. It kind of feeds—nourishes—your hair. It makes it very shiny. It’s very good!
And what about your skin? You’re always glowing. How do you wash your face?
It’s nice to change [products]. I’ve discovered recently discovered SkinCeuticals. It’s made miracles on my face, I have to say. They have some great antioxidant products and [the results] are immediate. It’s a very amazing brand.
Otherwise, I like Jurlique. La Prairie is very good as well. Sisley too. It’s nice to change. And also [these are] all very normal products that you would buy at the pharmacy.
Your trademark is the smoky eye. You always hit the red carpet with it. Are there any new makeup trends that you are excited to try?
I don’t know if I’ll be brave enough to go with very plain makeup on the red carpet because it’s kind of an anomaly for me. I like smoky eyes, but also the lips done because in real life I’m very boring and don’t usually have any makeup, so, for me, it’s the best opportunity to wear makeup! I love makeup on the red carpet.
We caught up with our fav Bond girl, and Sin City siren, Eva Green to chat all things Casino Royale, loving Cate Blanchett and why she’ll never get Facebook.
She’s the smoulderingly sexy French actress we wish we could call our own, the coolest Bond girl since Pussy Galore appeared on our screens and a secret Catherine Tate obsessive. We caught up with actress Eva Green as she follows in the footsteps of Uma Thurman and Penelope Cruz as Campari’s latest calendar girl.
InStyle: You’ve played a Bond girl, three witches, an Arabian princess… what would your dream role be?
Eva: I’d love to do something with Mike Leigh, something quite raw. People have a tendency of putting me in the box of the femme fatale so I’m quite sick of that. I’ve played other roles but it seems that’s what people see me as, just hair and makeup and I wish people would see beyond that.
InStyle: Do you do funny?
Eva: Well, I was obsessed with Catherine Tate for a while… I’d love to do a comedy but it’s quite difficult to find a great one. I’d love to do a dark comedy, I like a dark sense of humour. I’d love to find the right one and be brave enough to do it.
Eva Green interviewed her famous mom for Paris Match. Eva says that Joy was the one who insisted that Marlène wrote her biography and that she didn’t know that her mom had such a difficult childhood. Ms Green was also surprised to read about her mom’s former boyfriends, the ones that she dated before she met Walter Green in 1976, and to know about Jobert’s career in details. She says that she’d like to be lighter and funnier like her mom and Marlène says that her daughter is funnier than she gives herself credit for and that she should be able to use that side of hers in Tim Burton’s next film.
European Netflix subscribers will finally be able to get hooked on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Announced today, CBS Studios International and Netflix signed a multi-territory licensing deal for CBS and Showtime series in Netflix’s six new Euro markets: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, as well as the Netherlands. Under the agreement, Netflix obtains exclusive first-window rights to Penny Dreadful in these territories. Other series licensed from CBS Studios International to Netflix include Elementary, Under The Dome, Ray Donovan, Dexter, Deadwood and Jericho. Said CBS Global Distribution Group president and CEO Armando Nuñez in a statement, “We’re excited to have CBS’ world-class programming and Showtime’s acclaimed original series be part of Netflix’s launch in these territories.”
Her magnetic allure is the key to her inscrutable sensuality. She’s gorgeous, fragile, and utterly irresistible
You needed a really special woman to irremediably break James Bond’s heart: an inscrutable woman able to convey contrasting sentiments such as fragility, determination, fear, sensuality, desperation and mystery with just a glance. That would be Eva Green, the actress who played Vesper Lynd, the great love of Daniel Craig’s 007. Hers is not a stage name, but she followed in the footsteps of her mother, the French actress Marlène Jobert. “In the beginning, my mother kept telling me not to choose this career because it is a cruel world and I’m very fragile. Perhaps I was also afraid of being compared to her, not only in terms of a mother-daughter relationship, but also on a professional level.” When you meet Eva for the first time, you are struck by her beauty and by her magnetic allure, those slightly guarded smoky eyes, dusky voice, and disarming shyness. “I know I’m vulnerable, extremely shy and insecure. I feel I can only truly express myself when I’m acting.”
Discovered by Bernardo Bertolucci, who launched her in the film The Dreamers in 2003, Eva became internationally famous with Casino Royale. It was, in a certain sense, an opportunity that turned out to be a mixed blessing. It made her one of the most famous and unforgettable Bond girls, but it also transformed her, despite herself, into the femme fatale archetype that every director wants. That is why she is twice as happy today to be the heroine of the action fantasy flick 300 – Rise of an Empire. In it, she is Artemisia, the warrior queen thirsting for revenge. It is a very virile and physical role. “I like having to handle a sword and fight like a man. What girl wouldn’t be happy to be a man for at least one day?” But that was just an interlude because Eva has gone back to being the dark, sensual, and enigmatic actress that we were accustomed to seeing on the screen. Whether it is on TV, with the series Penny Dreadful where she is Vanessa Ives, an unsettling girl from a good family possessed by evil spirits in Victorian London, or in the movies as Ava Lord, “the dame to kill for” in the next Sin City, Eva is quite the irresistible femme fatale.
Source: Vogue ItaliaBy Maria Grazia Meda, excerpt from Vogue Italia, September 2014, n. 769, p.348 Published: 09/15/2014 – 07:00
The actor felt fortunate to have so many electric scenes with Eva Green in Season One
You’re working a lot with one of the most interesting actresses out there in my opinion, Eva Green, and your scenes with her are very electric. Tell me about the experience of working specifically with Eva, because there’s something special going on on-screen between the two of you.
That’s great to hear. She is so hardworking, and I don’t know how she does it, really, because she’s in so much of the show, and the language is beautifully dense. She’s always on it. It’s a joy to work with everyone on the show. I mean, I really enjoy working with everyone equally, but it’s great to hear that about the scenes with Eva. I do really enjoy working with her. The first time I ever saw her on screen was in “Casino Royale,” and she definitely stands out in that film, and she stands out in everything she does.
Read more the rest of Reeve Carney’s interview HERE.
By Dennis Dermody
White Bird In A Blizzard
Gregg Araki’s latest is a moody, melancholic, spellbinding movie based on the novel by Laura Kasischke. Set in 1988, teenage Kat (Shailene Woodley) is dealing with her mother’s (Eva Green) mysterious disappearance one day. Time passes with no word from her and she gets by living with her sadsack dad (Chris Meloni), hanging with her friends (Gabourey Sidibe & Mark Indelicato), seeing a shrink (Angela Bassett), sometimes screwing her dim but criminally cute neighbor (Shiloh Fernandez) and hooking up with the hot investigating detective (Thomas Jane). But she is haunted by dreams of her mother. Eva Green (seen in flashbacks straining furiously to break the bonds of her oppressive married live) is frighteningly good. Araki’s spot-on use of period music and dreamy cinematography give the film a haunting Mysterious Skin-like vibe, which serves it wonderfully.
Read the rest of the list HERE.
Source: Paper Magazine
By Fred Topel
Director Greg Araki discusses the psychology of his female characters and looks back on ‘The Doom Generation’ and Sundance in the 1990s.
Would a woman like Eve be diagnosed today as depressed?
I do think that she’s definitely depressed.
Maybe even bipolar.
Yes, possibly bipolar. I just saw her character as being a very tragic figure in the sense that if you think about when she grew up, she grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Her role models were Jackie O, etc. Eva Green and I talked about these old school Hitchcock movie star heroines that were always these glamorous, like the perfect wife, the perfect mother. Shai’s character talks about it a little bit in the film. That was her only option. She didn’t have an option of become a doctor, travel the world or do this. It was just you’re going to get married and have kids. He character itself to me was very tragic in the sense that she had no choices in life and so found herself in this existence that was for her, soul crushing.
How did you approach photographing Eva Green as the ‘80s homemaker?
She’s just the most amazing actress in the world. Eva was only 32 when we made this movie. In the film, there’s young Eve and there’s older Eve, so when we were casting, it was like we could cast an older actress and try to make her look younger for her younger scenes. Or we could cast a younger actress and try to make her look older. When you see Eva, when she’s young, the scene in the restaurant where she’s like this glamorous kind of movie star character, when she’s getting married and she’s like this radiant bride, that’s what Eva Green looks like. When she would show up on set, we did minimal makeup on her. No prosthetics, nothing. It was literally just all of her acting. She just showed up and she was this withered, sad, kind of tragic figure. She’s just amazing.
Read the rest of Gregg Araki’s interview HERE.
Here are some more reviews on Eva’s performance in White Bird in a Blizzard. Click on the Source links for the full film review.
Green most certainly enjoys playing the more over-the-top roles, and this is another one to add to the collection. She’s absolutely engrossing on screen, as we just can’t keep our eyes off of her crazy antics throughout the course of the flashbacks.
– Jeff Nelson for DVDTalk, White Bird in a Blizzard
Also stellar here is, unsurprisingly, Eva Green, Hollywood’s boldest actress and White Bird in a Blizzard’s enigmatic conflict-catalyst, a troubled woman lashing out against domestication while losing her mind.
– Matt Barone for Complex, Permanent Midnight: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, and More ‘Week Two’ Fantasia Film Festival Highlights
Green plays up the hysteria in Eve’s voice and performs in a scene-chewing manner that leads up perfectly to a character meltdown.
– Allyson Johnson for The Young Folks, Ally’s Movie Review: White Bird in a Blizzard
The flashbacks are explosive bouts of emotion, with Eva Green snarling and spitting venom as only Eva Green can….and the melodramatic showcase for Eva Green as a housewife spiraling out of her mind in a loveless marriage and joyless life is filled with fireworks you cannot take your eyes off of.
– Mike Shutt for Rope of Silicon, ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ (2014) Movie Review
By Hillary Weston
“I’m very shy and awkward, so playing all these characters and taking on these different roles from myself makes me feel alive and gives me blood,” Eva Green tells me when I ask about the mysterious and darkly seductive roles she’s known for in contrast to the person she is off-screen. “I’m breathing and alive when I’m acting, and I’m confident when I’m acting—I’m not always in real life.” But for the alluring French actress, her intense sensuality and cunning intellect have made her one of Hollywood’s most sought after women, from her breakout role in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers and her turn as a bond girl in Casino Royale to starring on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and her latest role in Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard.
Starring Green alongside Shailene Woodley, Araki’s film (King of Teenage Doom) takes us back to the late 1980‘s to tell his dark suburban dream, based on Laura Kasischke’s novel of the same title. In White Bird, we follow Kat (Woodley), a 17-year-old girl whose emotionally unstable mother, Eve (Green), vanishes mysteriously one afternoon. Caught up in her newfound sexuality and exploration of desire and emotion, Kat represses the confusion and anger of her mother’s haunting disappearance, as her father (played by Christopher Meloni) continues on with his life in the shadow of Eve’s absence.But as the story unravels, we’re given insight into Eve’s life, with surreal flashbacks and snow-covered dreams, revealing the natural of Kat’s uneasy relationship with her mother and how deeply miserable Eve was in her caged-in life as a homemaker.
And although she is but a mere decade older than Woodley in real life, Green manages to elevate her Mommie Dearest-esque character to someone untethered by time, a ghost haunting their lives. Wonderfully theatrical while not going entirely over the top, Green plays up the ugliness of Eve’s alcoholism and anger to age herself, adding a sense of hyper-melodrama akin to one of Fassbinder’s women on the verge. So with White Bird in a Blizzard now out on VOD and in theaters next week, I stole some time with Green to chat about her fears about playing Shailene’s mother, her ability to make herself invisible, and acting inside a dream.
As a new actor to the world of Gregg Araki, how did you become involved in the film?
I remember I was in Bulgaria doing the 300film and my agent was like, “My god, you need to look at this I’m sure you’re going to love this.” And then I just really loved the story, and it was so unusual and frustrated and it had such a great conflict with the daughter. I was very moved by it, so I said yes straight away!
Had you been a fan of his past films?
Yeah, I remember I saw Mysterious Skin in the cinema when it came it. It was dreamlike and very tormented. There’s something in his films that are a bit David Lynch in a way. Seeing the film in the cinema I remember it was like a dream and fucked up and I loved that very much. His other films are all teenage trashy bonkers funny and this one, White Bird, I find more grown up. It’s in another category of its own.
How was the experience of turning in this character and playing a woman who was written significantly older than you? Did you read the book to get of the feeling of who she was?
When I found out my daughter would be played by Shailene, I was like, oh my god! It’s a bit unbelievable; we look more like sisters. But Gregg was like, don’t worry, it’s a bit surreal and you’ll have another hairdo. I was worried that it would not be believable, so I loved her journey. You see her young in her 20s and then it ages me. But I tried to portray that aging more in her character. She’s an alcoholic and her body changes and her voice changes, so it was a challenge.
She only exists in these surreal memories and in flashbacks, so in a way she felt ageless.
There’s something about your character that also felt out of time and very rooted in melodrama, like she belonged to films of the past, in opposition the natural cool of the teens.
It’s true. She’s kind of a mixture of a lot of women. She could have been a movie star but she didn’t fulfill her dreams and got trapped like a bird in a cage. Sometimes it felt like, am I going completely over the top, a complete alcoholic kind of thing, but Gregg allowed me to go there because it was a dream. You have all these teenagers and they’re cool and I had the excuse of being in a dream.
You’ve worked with a lot of great directors, but what was the experience like working with Gregg Araki?
In the beginning it was a struggle to find the money for the film and then the actors. But it’s nice that this film was made all with heart, and Gregg is very open and he’s so passionate. He’s like a child on set, with this passion and he’s so loving. He’s really all about who these characters are and the story. It’s all fun. There’s no judgement or games or bullshit. It’s pure joy and we all loved it.
How was Shailene as a co-star and daughter?
I was intimidated at first. I thought, oh god am I going to measure up? Is this going to believable? But Shailene was so great and she calmed me down and made me feel confident. She was very supportive. She’s very wise and very mature, an old soul. And she’s also very aware of the world and extremely bright and amazing.
Looking back on the roles you’ve played, there’s been a lot of characters that fall into the darker, more dramatic realm. Do you tend to gravitate towards these roles or do you find that people approach you for them because that’s how they perceive you as an actor?
You take what you find, but I am always looking for something that’s complex and something that’s interesting. I also don’t want people to put me in a box of one character also. So I always hope people have enough imagination. But I am always drawn to something complicated. It’s jubilating in a strange way, but you also have to be careful.
Do you find that you’re a much different person off-screen and not the mysterious woman we often see you play?
Oh, yeah. No one ever really recognizes me really. I take the tube all the time and it’s fine. I can make myself invisible, I have that power. I’m also very shy and feel so awkward that playing all these characters and taking on these different roles from myself makes me feel alive and gives me blood. I’m breathing and alive when I’m acting and I’m confident when I’m acting. I’m not always in real life, but I would like to be. So I think I’m very different for sure.
What are you working on now?
I’m going to Ireland to shoot the second season of Penny Dreadful. I get to play a very gifted and fabulous character. It’s an interesting character and one of the most interesting I’ve gotten to play. She’s in the dark but she’s fighting to get to the light and she goes through such an amazing, rich journey.