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M.   /   March 21, 2012   /   1 Comment
Stef   /   March 17, 2012   /   0 Comments

Dark Shadows released a trailer to near-unanimous applause yesterday, and if it has left you hungry to know more about Tim Burton’s latest, look no further than the new issue of Total Film magazine.

We went on set of the gothic soap opera, and you can read a full report in the new issue.

To tide you over though, here are some tidbits from our chat with Eva Green who makes her Burton debut as Angelique, one of the most seductive screen witches in some time.

On her character, Green told us: “Tim never real treated her like a ‘baddie’ baddie. She’s kind of a damaged character. I think I could identify with her because all the bad things she does comes from the incredible love she has for Barnabas, who broke her heart.

“She’s a great character: very sarcastic, very irreverent, a great, dark sense of humour. I called her a ‘ballsy Barbie’.”

And when we asked about working with Johnny Depp, Green said: “He’s a gentleman. He’s intense in a nice way – he has very intense eyes in this film. They see right through you.

“He’s not afraid of taking risks, you know… He’s not afraid about going over the top.”

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Stef   /   February 06, 2012   /   7 Comments

It’s a vision of the end of the world unlike anything we’ve seen before. Perfect Sense, directed by David Mackenzie, takes place in a world struck by a mysterious disease that feverishly knocks out the senses, one by one, from the human race. This is the backdrop for the love story of Susan (Eva Green), a wounded-in-love epidemiologist, and Michael (Ewan McGregor), the chef in the restaurant downstairs from her apartment who occasionally bums smokes off her and admires from afar. Together, they navigate the new world, struggling to stick together as society is crumbling around them.

Interview spoke with Eva Green about the normalcy of her character, the gallows humor of biologists and epidemiologists, and her electric character in the upcoming Tim Burton film, Dark Shadows.

CRAIG HUBERT: Initially, what interested you in the character of Susan?

EVA GREEN: I thought, first of all, that it was a very romantic movie, very sentimental; a thought-provoking film. Susan is a nice character, kind of damaged, her heart is broken and she doesn’t want to fall in love. It was a nice love story.

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Stef   /   February 06, 2012   /   0 Comments

When we think of Eva Green, adjectives like “regal,” “evil” and “French” come to mind. Not that she’s wicked in the slightest, of course, but the acclaimed actress just seems to get those uber-dramatic and slightly scary roles—the sort that require elaborate period costuming and an intimidating glare.

She’s been seen recently as the ruthless heir to her father’s throne on Starz’s Camelot, donned amazing headgear and romanced Orlando Bloom in the Crusades-set Kingdom of Heaven and entranced us as a powerful witch in the fantasy flick The Golden Compass. Of course, she has also notably kicked butt as a Bond girl (in Casino Royale).

We recently got to chat with Green about her current role as a scientist investigating a mysterious disease in the very modern, no-costumes-necessary Perfect Sense, which opens today. It’s a far cry from those femme fatale roles that Green is so known for, yet her trademark intensity is palpable in every frame. “There is a bit of a darkness in the background, but Perfect Sense is an uplifting movie and a metaphor for falling in love,” says Green. Working with Ewan McGregor, who plays the the chef she falls for, wasn’t bad either. “He’s an instinctive actor. He’s a beautiful person and doesn’t behave like a big star. He’s down-to-earth and charming and pure.”

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Stef   /   February 06, 2012   /   0 Comments

In the film Perfect Sense, Eva Green plays a pretty scientist who meets a handsome, talented chef (played by Ewan McGregor)—but it’s not quite a perfect love story. While they’re falling in the love, the world is falling victim to a global pandemic characterized by the steady destruction of the senses. As Susan, Green—who you’ve seen as the sexy sister in The Dreamers, the evil sister in Camelot and a Bond Girl in Casino Royale—masterfully interprets life without sight, sound, smell, or taste. ELLE.com spoke with the actress about what would happen if she lost her senses in real life, and why Tim Burton’s a pleasure to work with, even though he’s “cuckoo.”

ELLE: Living with all of your senses, the idea of losing them seems unthinkable. How was it to prepare for the role?
Eva Green: It was more an emotional thing, an emotional crisis. The most difficult scene was the loss of hearing, because it was kind of more anxious, and anxiety feelings. But there was no specific preparation for the part.

ELLE: Which sense would be the one you’d most be willing to give up?
EG: My eyes, maybe…but I hope it never happens!

ELLE: Is there a sense you’d miss the most?
EG: The sense of smell. Without that, [you lose your] sense of taste—and I love foie gras, so that would be really bad.

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Stef   /   February 06, 2012   /   0 Comments

If you only had one day to live before losing your senses, how would you use them?

Actress Eva Green would take a bite out of the Big Apple.

“The best way to explore your senses in New York City: I love Le Bernardin French restaurant,” says Green, who plays a Scottish epidemiologist investigating a pandemic that’s wiping out the human race’s sensory perceptions in “Perfect Sense,” opening Friday.

“It’s kind of a fusion of Japanese and French cuisine,” raves Green. “It’s one of the best restaurants in New York. It’s a real treat, kind of an old-world beauty.”

After treating her taste buds, the French actress would indulge her eyes and ears with the city’s most iconic green space.

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Stef   /   February 06, 2012   /   1 Comment

‘Perfect Sense’ is a highly original film portraying the end of the world as we know it, and it forces us to think about something most of us probably never have considered: what it would be like to slowly lose all of our senses. We caught up with the film’s female lead, Eva Green, after ‘Perfect Sense’ was screened at Sundance. Here’s what she had to say about it.

Q: ‘Perfect Sense’ is not your typical, Biblical end-of-days film. Since it offers a new angle as to how mankind could end, did you walk away with any new fears or ideas on how the world might end?
A: Oh my God, I’m not a medium [laughs]! But the planet and the pollution is really bad. It’s scary. The past century has been quite nasty to our planet, we’ve just been killing it. But that’s a tricky question… I’ll have to think about that.

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Stef   /   February 06, 2012   /   0 Comments

Losing yourself in love makes plenty of sense to Eva Green.

The actress compares going blind and deaf in her moody apocalyptic drama “Perfect Sense,” opening Friday, with embarking on a whirlwind romance.

“It’s a love story with the background of a worldwide epidemic,” explains the 31-year-old stunner, who steps away from her recent femme fatale roles to play a Scottish epidemiologist trying to stop a mysterious pandemic that’s wiping out the human race’s five senses, one by one.

“It’s not too dark!” she insists. “It’s a metaphor for falling in love; you know, how when you fall in love, you lose your senses.”

Ask the French actress to pick one sense she could live without, however, and you get a different story.

“Maybe the sense of smell?” she ponders. “But the problem is, it’s quite related to taste, and I love eating. It’s a big dilemma.”

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Stef   /   February 06, 2012   /   1 Comment

Eva Green is best known to audiences as the mysterious femme fatale Vesper Lynd in the James Bond-reviving Casino Royale (although some hot-blooded males might best recall her revealing star turn in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers). Since then she’s appeared mostly in small, thoughtful, and British films, and her latest, Perfect Sense, continues the trend. A small-scale doomsday romance, the film follows Green’s scientist , who falls in love with a chef (played by Ewan McGregor) as a mysterious epidemic begins to rob people of their five senses. We recently spoke to Green about what attracted to her this role, and her return to big-budget filmmaking opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s upcoming black comedy, Dark Shadows.

What attracted you to Perfect Sense?
I thought it was kind of a brave, unusual story, thought-provoking but mainly a love story with the background of a catastrophe. I thought it was quite charming. I knew the director, David Mackenzie, and also the fact that Ewan McGregor was onboard was very appealing.

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Stef   /   February 06, 2012   /   0 Comments

She can put “Bond girl extraordinaire” on her resume and describes her character in the forthcoming Dark Shadows as a “bawdy Barbie,” but between those two roles Eva Green is a woman holding on for dear life during a global pandemic in Perfect Sense. In David Mackenzie’s romantic drama, Green plays an epidemiologist struggling to track and contain a series of mass-scale maladies. Acute emotional states like unexplained sadness cause the human race to gradually lose the ability to taste, smell, hear and see, leading to more than a few mood swings.

Amid catastrophe, though, the pieces are finally falling into place for Green’s Susan: She’s found love and a rock to lean on in Michael (Ewan McGregor), a chef with just a splash of bad-boy. It’s this love story that Green is most in touch with, and what drew her to the film in the first place. The emotional and, it must be said, super-steamy scenes between Green and McGregor halt the chaos and serve as a reminder that we should always stop to smell the roses, even if we technically can’t.

Movieline talked to Green about her career path, love vs. calamity and Tim Burton fostering collaboration on Dark Shadows.

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Stef   /   November 18, 2011   /   8 Comments

Thanks to Aima and Jessi for the link. 🙂

Rien ne semble arrêter l’ascension d’Eva Green. La brune ténébreuse vient de tourner dans Dark Shadows, de Tim Burton. Au printemps 2012, elle sera aussi à l’affiche de Perfect Sense, de David Mackenzie, avec Ewan McGregor. L’égérie de la joaillerie Montblanc pose pour nous dans ce numéro et se confie.

Avec son visage d’une pâleur extrême et ses yeux bleus immenses qu’elle charbonne, Eva Green a la beauté gothique des peintures symbolistes. A la fois androgyne et coquette, l’ex-James Bond girl déborde d’une énergie qui se noue et se dénoue, à l’image de ses jambes, qu’elle tresse pendant qu’elle se raconte. Fonceuse, perfectionniste, sélective dans le choix de ses rôles, la fille de Marlène Jobert aime le cinéma indépendant, les personnages au charme vénéneux. Comme la prof saphique qu’elle jouait dans Cracks, de Jordan Scott, ou la sorcière séductrice qu’elle incarne dans le nouveau Tim Burton, Dark Shadows (sortie prévue le 9 mai 2012), au côté de Johnny Depp. Celle que Bernardo Bertolucci a lancée dans Innocents, en 2003, et a décrite “si belle que c’en est indécent”, se révèle une anxieuse, hypertimide, remettant sans cesse son image en question. Peur d’être trop lisse, marre d’être vue comme une femme fatale, elle rêve de montrer son côté abrupt. La comédienne, bien que française, est installée à Londres depuis six ans et n’a pratiquement tourné qu’en anglais. Il y a deux ans, elle déclarait au Times : “Si seulement Tim Burton m’appelait…” Aujourd’hui, elle avoue à L’Express Styles : “Si Jacques Audiard me faisait signe… de battre mon coeur s’arrêterait !”

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Stef   /   October 11, 2011   /   0 Comments

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Stef   /   October 07, 2011   /   1 Comment

“It is a rare treat to play someone so ‘normal,'” says French actress Eva Green, referring to her latest role as a buttoned-down scientist in the drama “Perfect Sense.” “I have been playing quite extreme characters up until now, so portraying somebody so down-to-earth was very nice indeed.”

By extreme, she is referring to roles such as a flying witch in “The Golden Compass” (2007), a psychotic and murderous lesbian school teacher in “Cracks” (2009) and, of course, her portrayal of Vesper Lynd, the double agent who ruthlessly ensnares and breaks the heart of James Bond in the highly acclaimed “Casino Royale” (2006). Extreme seems to be part of the actress’s DNA.

However, when it came to her latest role—an epidemiologist trying to stop a world-wide epidemic—the 31-year-old actress embraced the challenge of playing someone who wasn’t, as she says, “cuckoo.”

Set in Glasgow, “Perfect Sense,” which is released in the U.K. on Oct. 7 and other European cities early next year, follows the fortunes of her character, Susan, as she attempts to solve the crisis and, in the best disaster-movie tradition, rediscovers love by falling for a local chef, played by Ewan McGregor. “She has had her heart broken, is a bit cynical and guarded, but starts opening up and allows herself to be vulnerable,” she says, speaking from her parents’ home in Paris.

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M.   /   October 05, 2011   /   2 Comments

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“Do I have an interest in sex?” Eva Green smirks and for a brief moment GQ.com is entranced by the smoky-eyed glare that snared Bond himself. The austere atmosphere of our surroundings – a businesslike board room of London’s Mayfair hotel – doesn’t ease the tension. Then we politely correct her. “Oh… insects!” she says dissolving into a giggle, “I thought you asked that very seriously.” Despite her public image as a Gallic enchantress, earned through films like The Dreamers, Camelot and of course as Vesper in Casino Royale, Eva Green is in reality a well-read enthusiast with an amateur passion for entomology. Here to discuss her latest role is as a virus-fighting scientist in Perfect Sense, we sat down with Green to discuss restaurant advice, dating tips and buying beetles for Tim Burton.

What attracts you to a small independent film like this?
A film can be big, or small, I have to just fall in love with it. To connect with the character, the script, and the director. Sometimes they say to you “You should do that for your career, it’s a big thing, people will go and see it” but I wouldn’t be able to, because my heart wouldn’t be in it. I would drive people quite mad.

What do people get wrong about Ewan McGregor?
He is obsessed by his motorbikes, but he’s not very macho – he’s the opposite! That’s the great thing about him. He has a very strong feminine side. I don’t mean camp or anything like that, but he understands women very well. Sometimes with big movie stars they play a character and they’re very paranoid, but he’s not afraid to show his emotions. For me those are the real men.

What restaurant would you recommend?
St John Bread & Wine in Commercial Street, opposite Spitalfields Market. I go there every week. I love it, it’s very special. You can eat Ox heart, beautiful vegetables, great English desserts. It’s all about the ingredients. Not nouvelle cuisine, just very real, beautiful food.

How should a man dress to impress you?
The worst is when men try too hard, because it’s not very masculine. Your outfit has to look like “Oh, I just grabbed that.” Not too calculated. Jeans, a t-shirt: the simpler the better.

What scent should a man wear?
I’m not really keen on men wearing perfumes. It’s just a bit wrong! I don’t find it sexy. I prefer essential oils – patchouli is nice.

Your next film is Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp.
We’ve just finished filming it. Oh, it was wonderful. I mean not “blah blah blah bull****, but they were really the kindest group of people I’ve ever worked with.

What do you and Johnny have in common?
Johnny loves insects too. He also loves skulls – it’s a good luck thing. Sometimes people see that as something a bit morbid but I’ve always liked skulls and insects. When I go to New York I always go to this amazing shop called The Evolution Store in SoHo, where they have weird stuff and beautiful insects. For Tim Burton’s birthday I gave him a rainbow beetle. He loved it!

What was the last great book you read?
Johnny gave me the most amazing present: Les Fleurs Du Mal by Charles Baudelaire. It’s full of amazing sketches and such beautiful words. Baudelaire was a true artist, and very gifted.

You are friends with John Galliano. Is fashion duller without the likes of him and Alexander McQueen?
To me Jean Paul Gaultier is very brave and mad – but in a nice very theatrical way. People are ruthless in the crazy fashion world, but Galliano will come back, people make mistakes. He’s too talented and he’s a very kind person, so it will be forgotten.

Were you upset that Camelot wasn’t picked up for a second series?
I have to say TV is very hard. It was a very intense shoot and very quick. We had the scripts just a few days before and I like to practice, so it was hard for me. The good thing was I had a very close relationship with the writer, so we built the character together and I loved Morgan. She was very ballsy, very cool, but vulnerable, so not completely evil. You know it was quite successful in America, but it just didn’t happen.

Finally, what do people get wrong about you?
That I’m cold, distant, or that dark femme fatale. Magazines like to put me in that box, because I like doing photoshoots using a lot of a makeup or something. But in reality I’m a blonde!

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M.   /   October 05, 2011   /   0 Comments

Eva Green has said it was her dream to work with director Tim Burton on his new film Dark Shadows.

The former Bond girl appears with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz in the director’s film adaptation of the 60s supernatural series.

Eva revealed at the premiere of her new film Perfect Sense: “We finished shooting last Friday. It was like a dream – I always wanted to work with Tim Burton.”

She added: “The script is very funny and dark.”

In Perfect Sense Eva plays a scientist who begins a love affair with a chef, played by Ewan McGregor, at the same time as the world is swept by an epidemic of a terrible disease which causes the loss of the senses one at a time.

Eva said: “It could sound very depressing as a storyline but it’s actually very uplifting. It’s like a metaphor for falling love. When we fall in love we lose our senses. So I found it quite optimistic really.”

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