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M.   /   October 05, 2011   /   2 Comments

By Oliver Franklin

“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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M.   /   October 04, 2011   /   0 Comments

Bond Girl Eva Green has revealed that a sick bucket was on standby on the set of her new film Perfect Sense.

The French beauty wore a figure-hugging lace Pucci gown to the premiere of the film in London’s Curzon Mayfair, where she was joined by co-star Ewan McGregor and director David Mackenzie.

Green plays a scientist who begins a love affair with a chef (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. Before losing taste they are struck by an uncontrollable hunger and devour anything they can.

Green revealed: “That was quite intense. I had to eat flowers, lipstick, and toothpaste. But we had a bucket next to us… It was bonkers. But I didn’t die.”

Meanwhile, McGregor trained with professional chefs in Glasgow for the role.

He said: “We had to look like we knew what we were doing. It was a top end kitchen so we had to look like we knew what were we doing technically. So that was important to look at what makes a chef look like he’s a good chef.”

McGregor admitted he hadn’t kept up his cooking skills since.

But the Moulin Rouge star did say he would be keen to play Sir Elton John in his new musical biopic Rocketman, after he was tipped for the part.

McGregor said: “I’d be delighted – send me the script Elton.”

Perfect Sense also stars McGregor’s uncle Denis Lawson, the director’s brother Alastair McKenzie and Trainspotting‘s Ewen Bremner, who all attended the screening.

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M.   /   September 09, 2011   /   1 Comment

Eva Green talks to Marie Claire UK about “her world”: happiness is… movies, music and a big plate of pasta.

Perfect Sense is in cinemas nationwide in the UK from October 7th.

GALLERY LINK:

  • Scans > Marie Claire (UK) – October 2011, thanks to Lorna
  • M.   /   September 05, 2011   /   7 Comments

    Thanks to Nausicaa for the heads-up!

    M.   /   August 08, 2011   /   2 Comments
    M.   /   August 08, 2011   /   1 Comment

    Thanks to Aima for the heads-up.

    Eva Green feels she doesn’t work “as much as [she] should”.

    The 31-year-old French actress is famed for roles in movies such as 2006 James Bond picture Casino Royale.

    Eva, who is currently promoting romantic drama Perfect Sense, admits her parts in films are rather sporadic because she has to feel passionate about a picture before signing on.

    “I’m very picky, I love falling in love with things,” she told Total Film.

    “That’s why maybe I don’t work as much as I should.

    “I need to really be drawn to the character and like the director.”

    Eva was attracted to Perfect Sense, which also stars Ewan McGregor, because it was so innovative. It tells the story of a chef and a scientist who fall in love as an epidemic stealing people’s sensory perceptions begins to spread.

    “It’s very well written, very brave and very biting. I love the black sense of humour and I think the love story is very powerful,” she enthused.

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    M.   /   July 04, 2011   /   2 Comments

    I’ve just updated the gallery with 5 scans from 3 different issues of Madame Figaro that featured Eva during 2010. I don’t know their dates because I only have them as clippings, that’s why they’re all in the same folder, but the interviews are really worth a reading and anything old and new related to Miss Green is welcome, right? 😉

    GALLERY LINK:
    Scans from 2010 > Madame Figaro (France) – 2010

    Stef   /   June 14, 2011   /   6 Comments

    “I’m the money,” asserts Vesper Lynd (aka Eva Green) to Daniel Craig’s James Bond in the 2006 remake of Casino Royale. As the sexually charged banter ricochets between Green’s character and Craig’s, her smoldering blue eyes give off an intensity sharp enough to penetrate the cold heart of her colleague, yet warm enough to win over her audience, who, despite her guarded exterior, find Vesper vulnerable, sweet, clever and likeable. She’s smarter and more sensual than your average Bond girl, and in this breakout role, we watch Green evoke more range in one gaze than many actors do in an entire feature.

    That was five years ago, and since this killer performance — which won the young actress a BAFTA — Green has been steadily carving her niche as master of dark, impassioned roles. She took to these very early on, starting with her film debut in the Bernardo Bertolucci incestuous drama The Dreamers, where she memorably bathes with her onscreen brother and their modest American “protégé.” In Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, she’s the fierce Queen of Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades, and in The Golden Compass, again alongside Daniel Craig, she’s the queen of witches, but this time her powers allow her to fly. Currently, Green stars as Morgan in the new cable series Camelot on Starz — a network known for original series with penchant for sex and drama — as a Goth seductress and the ambitious heir to King Arthur’s throne, battling her brother for control of the kingdom. Next is her dream character, Angélique Bouchard, in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, a remake of the classic 1960s vampire TV show, scheduled for a 2012 release. Alongside Johnny Depp, who plays Barnabas Collins, Green is a love-scorned witch — a siren, but like none we’ve ever seen.

    But for all these powerful female roles, where she reduces her lovers to pieces, in person, the French-born Eva Green is anything but. The self-proclaimed “shy” actress is actually quite mellow. Save for her remarkable good looks, it’s hard to imagine this calm starlet — whose wry humor that every once in a while cuts through her serious demeanor — as a man-eater. With a throaty voice that sounds well beyond her 30 years when speaking English coupled with a breathy French dialect that could win over even the most staunch Anglophile, Green at times appears to live in two separate worlds.

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    M.   /   June 06, 2011   /   2 Comments

    GALLERY LINK:
    Scans > Observer Magazine (UK) – June 6, 2011, thanks to Lorna

    Stef   /   June 05, 2011   /   7 Comments

    Thanks to George and Kev for the link.

    Eva Green rose to fame as the Bond girl who won the heart of 007 in Casino Royale. Now she’s back in more familiar territory as the elemental, mysterious Morgan in Camelot, she tells Elizabeth Day – dabbling in witchcraft and reinventing nudity.

    It is a sunny, blue-sky day when I meet the actress Eva Green. The London streets are peppered with cherry blossom and the heady scent of fake tan hangs thickly above the city like ozone. It is a day for white linen and flowing dresses and flip-flops. But when Green arrives, it is clear that she is not embracing the joys of spring time. Her tiny frame is swathed in black and dark grey and she is wearing a heavy coat over a lace blouse, jeans and boots. The pale flawlessness of her face is accentuated by jet-black hair and smudged eye-shadow the colour of coal dust. The overall effect is rather striking: a cross between Miss Havisham and an astonishingly beautiful extra from Twilight.

    “I have a dark side in the way I think everybody has,” Green says, taking off her sunglasses. She orders a disappointingly tame berry smoothie rather than a cup of virgin’s blood. Yet she acknowledges that, professionally speaking, she is drawn to roles that are “evil but damaged. It’s fun to play evil”. She looks at me calmly with blue eyes. “I like characters that have secrets. It’s nice not to know it all. Complex is interesting.”

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    M.   /   May 07, 2011   /   26 Comments

    12. Is the Maria Callas project active? Have you read about her?
    For the moment, the Maria Callas is not an active project, but still remains a thrilling idea as I have always been fascinated by her work, but also the woman, her passion.

    13. Did you have any proposals to do stage work in London? Are there any chances to see you in one of the London’s theatres in the future? (we cross fingers!!!)
    For the moment I’m really concentrating on my film work, I enjoyed the stage very much, the direct relationship with the audience, so we’ll see…

    14. Is there any piece of false information or rumour that you’ve read about you that is completely wrong? If so, you’d like to take this opportunity to set the records straight?
    Yes, I read that I composed music and sound tracks, which is not true, and also that I’m an art collector, again not true, though I love art, I certainly don’t have enough money to invest in major art work.

    15. How was Ewan on the set during Perfect Sense’s shooting?
    Ewan was perfect, I adored working with him, he’s incredibly generous, spontaneous, and not afraid of showing his emotions even though he’s very manly, humble and simple.

    16. Camelot: From the first episodes it’s obvious that you are the cornerstone of the show. Do you enjoy making television more than making movies? What do you think is the main difference between the two?
    I loved playing Morgan, and the possibility of exploring a character for ten episodes is challenging and something you really can’t do in film.

    17. Dark shadows: When does shooting start? Shall we see a different Eva (maybe more comical)? Have you met with Johnny Depp or not yet?
    Shooting begins in May. Yes, I’m playing a character different than anyone I’ve ever played before, and Johnny Depp is a gentleman, very humble and I think he’ll be dream to work with.

    Thank you very much for your time Eva. We wish you all the best. Keep on inspiring us…
    www.evagreenweb.com

    M.   /   May 06, 2011   /   14 Comments

    Come back tomorrow for Part III 😉

    6. In our mind, acting is a job with demanding peaks and longer periods of “inactivity”. How do you like to spend these relaxing (?) periods.
    Well, to be honest I’m not very good at “relaxing”, I love what I do so much, and I’ve been very lucky that one project ends and another begins, and as this is a very tricky business, I take the work while I can and am so, so grateful.

    7. What’s the most daring thing you’ve done in your job?
    Sex scenes are always daring and tricky… and well, not as sexy as they seem on screen, but I’m so lucky to have had such nice partners.

    8. What people would be surprised to find out about you?
    I guess people would be surprised to find out that I’m a bit of a home body, I mean, I don’t like clubbing or wild parties and after a day of shooting love to come home and relax by the fire with a glass of wine and a good book… boring, huh?

    9. Do you ever wish you could go back to another time of your life and do something differently? If you were given one do-over, anything in your life, what would it be?
    I don’t think there’s anything in my life that I would change, though I have made some big mistakes, like anyone else.

    10. What is your favourite quote and/or life motto?
    That hard work always pays off in one way or another.

    11. Are there any causes or charities that you support, or you want to? Do you support eco-activities? (…given that you have the perfect surname for this!)
    Yes, I’m an ambassador for Mont Blanc who supports UNICEF and I am completely supportive of all their efforts. And I do all that I can to personally support anything that can help improve the environment : recycling, eating organically, and buying traditionally farmed products that don’t use hormones or pesticides or anything that’s industrially farmed.

    M.   /   May 06, 2011   /   44 Comments

    Yes, yes, yes!!! It’s true!!! Miss Green kindly granted us an exclusive Q&A and answered all of our questions!!! We thank her for her kindness and for taking some time to answer us. I’d also like to thank Joy and George, without who it wouldn’t have been possible. Keep checking back for the rest of the Q&A!!! 😉

    Q&A session for Eva.
    ANSWERS 3/5/2011


    1. Do you occasionally visit EvaGreenWeb? What’s your opinion about the site? What would you like to change in this?

    Yes, I do visit the site – not as often as I’d like as I’ve been very busy – but I’m always very touched by the lovely things people say, their kindness, and their passion through the years. I think what’s moved me the most is that the people who follow my career on this site, seem to understand me and the choices I’ve made in my career, not going for big studio movies, but smaller independent films closer to my heart, that inspire me; project that seem to have a soul.
    It is the most up to date web site and even my agent checks it out to see what’s going on with me, so I don’t think that there’s anything that I would change on it.

    2. Role selection is a multiple criteria decision making process. What are these criteria for you (e.g. the production, the co-stars, the story, the role itself, the perspectives for award, the compensation etc) and which of them you think as most important?
    I can’t say any one criterion is the most important, but definitely the story and its impact on me when I begin reading it, how it grabs me, makes me want to play the character is vital. Then the other actors, the director, and yes, the production is important because there are producers who love to make films and then there are producers who love to make money, and well, of course it’s a business, but I love to work with producers who really care about the film…and there aren’t many left in the business.

    3. Which scenes proved to be the most difficult for you in your last projects?
    I don’t think there was any particular scene that was difficult in Camelot, but coming from film, it was difficult for me as the pace is different and we must move very quickly from one episode to the next, so this was a really big challenge for me and necessitated having total confidence in my partners, which I did, as they are all wonderful actors, and lovely people to work with.

    4. During a new movie project what is the part that you enjoy most and also dislike the most (e.g. reading the script for the first time, filming, the atmosphere during shooting, promoting activities etc)?
    I enjoy all aspects of a new project, though I do wish that there was more time for rehearsal before filming, as we do in theatre, but with everyone’s different schedules, this never seems possible. I guess the only thing I dislike is the promotion of the film once it’s finished, but it is an important part of the process and I feel so lucky being able to do the job I do, that I accept doing the promoting, as all actors do.

    5. Do you, in general, keep contact with people that you have worked with in the past (actors, directors, producers etc)?
    Yes, I try to, but of course, it isn’t always possible as this business takes you all over the world and though you become very close to the team while you’re shooting, everyone moves on in so many different directions that sometimes it isn’t easy to keep in touch. I do manage to stay in touch with a lot of the technical crew like my personal hairdresser, makeup artist, and others behind the camera.

    M.   /   May 04, 2011   /   0 Comments

    EVA Green admits that some of her somewhat actressy pronouncements could be perceived as “pretentious”.

    Eva Green says she loathes having to talk about herself whenever she has a new film to promote, preferring to maintain an air of mystique.

    “There’s no mystery any more,” she says. “I’m not the best at interviews. To talk about myself, I feel like, ‘Oh, my God…’ The movie should speak for itself. I know it’s very pretentious to say that. It’s part of the game I suppose.” She also tells Interview magazine: “I like playing a character and I feel like it’s indecent to reveal too much. It’s none of people’s business.” May we suggest she takes a chill pill?

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