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Stef   /   April 25, 2011   /   3 Comments

For an actress who’s far from a household name, Eva Green is notoriously picky about the kinds of roles she accepts.

Since she shot Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers” nearly a decade ago, she’s appeared in only a handful of films. One of those movies was “Casino Royale,” the 007 smash which relied heavily on her mesmerizing performance as Vesper Lynd. But she’s the first to admit she’s not among her agents’ favorite clients.

“I think I drive them a little crazy,” said Green over the telephone from New York. “I’m kind of a pain in the (butt). I know it. I’m sorry, but I need to love something because I know if I don’t love it, I’m not going to do it well.”

These days, Green has been falling in love with increasing frequency. She stars in the new Starz series “Camelot,” shares the screen with Ewan McGregor in the upcoming Sundance hit “Perfect Sense” and gives birth to her own clone in the cutting edge sci-fi flick “Womb,” due later this year.

First up is “Cracks,” a film directed by Ridley Scott’s daughter, Jordan Scott, which gives Green her first name-above-the-title role. Set in an English boarding school where a sophisticated instructor named Miss G (Green) casts a spell over her students, the movie (opening Friday in area theaters) is a strangely compelling cautionary tale about the dangers of obsessive love.

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Stef   /   April 15, 2011   /   5 Comments

In 2007, Eva Green was poised for stardom. After roles in Ridley Scott’s Crusades epic Kingdom Of Heaven and opposite rebooted Bond Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, and with the big-budget franchise-starter The Golden Compass on the way, she was riding high. But even if Compass hadn’t tanked, that likely wouldn’t have changed her plans. She probably still would have gone on to a series of eccentric, low-profile features—Franklyn, Womb, the newly released Cracks, and the upcoming Perfect Sense—that are still finding their way to these shores. She hasn’t turned her back on the mainstream, as her role as the villainess Morgan in Starz’ overheated Camelot attests; but she’d sooner take interesting roles than high-profile ones. Shortly before Cracks’ release, Green called The A.V. Club to talk about exploring her dark side, the difference between Bond and Bertolucci, and her reaction to the anti-Semitic remarks of designer John Galliano, for whom she once modeled.

The A.V. Club: Since The Golden Compass, you’ve made some fairly idiosyncratic choices, appearing in a number of small, hard-to-market movies that still haven’t been released in America. Was that a deliberate decision, after having done the Bond movie and Kingdom Of Heaven, to go smaller?

Eva Green: No, it’s just, you fall in love with the script, with a character, and then you meet the director. If you like the director, you decide to get on board. Of course, if you need the money, you do a big-budget movie, but I just fell in love with the story. It’s true it’s rather dark, but it’s a very strong story, and a great role for an actor.

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Stef   /   April 12, 2011   /   0 Comments

CableFAX: Storytellers have revisited the Camelot legend so many times. Why did you want to be a part of yet another retelling?

Green: They approached me. I was a bit reluctant. And then I met Chris Chibnall, who was just so passionate about it and told me a lot about the story and where he wanted to go with the characters. They’re so calm and complex. She’s borderline brave but also very damaged, very sensitive. As an actor, it’s really great. It’s a gift.

CableFAX: Why the initial reluctance?

Green: Because you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into. They give you a [series] bible, and you need to trust the people you’re going to work with and, thank God, I’m very proud of all the 10 episodes that we did.

CableFAX: Up until now, you’ve been a movie actress. This was your first TV experience. How was it different for you?

Green: It’s very intense. The pace of it is very intense. Otherwise, it’s the same as any other movies. It’s very fast. I learned a lot, actually. You have to sometimes just stop thinking. You just go for it. It’s a different pace. But it’s okay. I usually prep too much, so it was good.

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M.   /   April 05, 2011   /   4 Comments

The lead actors of Camelot, the epic King Arthur series that launches at MIPTV’s World Premiere TV Screening April 4, talk to MIPBlog about their characters, and the making of this major production (10 episodes) from indie outfit GK-TV:

Thanks to About Camelot.

Stef   /   April 04, 2011   /   2 Comments

French actress Eva Green, 30, all angular features and piercing blue eyes, got her start playing a clothing-averse hedonist in Bernardo Bertolucci’s erotic political drama The Dreamers. Since then she’s worked hard to challenge the assumption that she is some latter-day Maria Schneider, yet has sorta stoked it, too, by starring as a hottie princess in Ridley Scott’s Crusades drama Kingdom of Heaven and a smarter-than-average Bond girl in Casino Royale. But starting tonight, she can be seen in the new series Camelot, playing her ugliest role yet: sneering sorceress Morgan Le Fay, who’s out to destroy her sun-kissed half-brother King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) and his bestie, Merlin (Joseph Fiennes), in a bid for the throne. This being a Starz series, there is a heap of sex and violence. But as Green explains to Vulture, Camelot may finally be her ticket to another specialty: weirdness.

You’ve said that when you do a nude scene, you have to think twice. Why is that?
The Dreamers was the first movie I ever made, and people made such a fuss when it came out. Sex was a theme, but there was more to it. And then I saw a lot of pictures of me naked [on the Internet] — oh my God. This was terrible. I love the movie, but now I know that if I do a nude scene that people will talk about it. I always feel like I have to prove myself. I want to be taken seriously.

Knowing Starz has earned a reputation for pushing boundaries, why would you take this role?
This is not Spartacus at all. I have one sex scene. I don’t want to disappoint people [laughs]. That is it. Then Morgan’s a nun. She’s disappointed by men. She’s not a lesbian, either, but she surrounds herself with strong women. This is not, like, a show about sex and violence.

Have you seen Spartacus?
I don’t know if I can talk about that. I’ve seen bits and pieces. It’s … interesting. But this is not Spartacus.

Camelot certainly has violence, though.
Yeah. You’ll see it evolve. I mean, for my character.

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Stef   /   April 04, 2011   /   2 Comments

Famed for her beauty since she was handpicked for “The Dreamers” by Bernardo Bertolucci, actress Eva Green has a penchant for choosing complex roles and feisty characters. As Morgan in the new Starz epic “Camelot,” she embarks on a power struggle to wrestle power from her brother Arthur, locking horns with Joseph Fiennes’ Merlin and poisoning her father to boot.

Speaking in Cannes on the eve of MipTV, she tells The Hollywood Reporter about intensity, comedy and why she likes getting ugly.

The Hollywood Reporter: What is Morgan like?

Eva Green: I love her, she’s a very cool character for a woman. You don’t get many roles like her. She’s ballsy, she’s manipulative, she’s very brave, but also sort of damaged and vulnerable. Little by little you understand why she behaves like this. She’s an empowering, strong character. There aren’t that many strong female roles — that’s why the character was very appealing.

THR: How does making this miniseries compare to making films?

Green: It’s completely intense — so much quicker — the pace is completely crazy. I’m usually quite cerebral and like to think about something before I do it. Here I had to trust my instinct much more and I learned a lot — don’t think, do. But otherwise it’s the same job. You don’t really notice the difference, just the pace.

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Stef   /   March 31, 2011   /   2 Comments

Eva Green shattered the bubbly, sex-crazed Bond Girl stereotype with her eloquent and seamless turn as Vesper Lynd in 2006’s explosive blockbuster “Casino Royale.”

But the French beauty has always been an indie darling at heart, first winning acclaim for taking us on a twisted romantic journey in Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers.” Now Green returns to her roots with “Cracks,” starring as the sophisticated yet shattered Ms. G, who battles her forbidden love for a female students while trying to tame a fierceful student body at a secluded 1930s British boarding school.

NextMovie caught up with Ms. Green to talk “Cracks,” Johnny Depp, and her burning desire to kick some ass.

What drew you to “Cracks”?
It was such a unique script — the tension in it and the kind of old-fashioned feeling, we don’t make movies like this anymore. And the character is so complex and strong and seems full of confidence, seems perfect. But underneath she’s a very vulnerable character. Gift for an actor, so many things to play.

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Stef   /   March 31, 2011   /   1 Comment

On the new Starz series “Camelot,” Green treats herself big-time — and makes the most of it.

There she is, as Morgan, in the series’ opening scene, fiercely facing down King Uther, the father Morgan believes has betrayed her. Drawing on her sorcery skills, she soon will arrange the king’s sudden death. She means to succeed him on the throne. And when Uther’s unknown son, Arthur, emerges to claim the crown, Morgan declares war on her half brother as well as the wizard Merlin, Arthur’s mysterious mentor.

“This castle and realm should be mine,” she proclaims.

“Camelot” premieres Friday at 10 p.m. EDT (airing opposite “Merlin,” a retelling of the Arthurian legend with Merlin as a young man, now in its third season on Syfy).

“Camelot” stars heartthrob Jamie Campbell Bower (the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” film sagas) as Arthur, a carefree, impetuous young man who was raised from infancy as a commoner and is as surprised as anyone to learn his destiny: to lead Britain from a dark, troubled present into a bright, hope-filled tomorrow.

Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love,” the TV series “FlashForward”) is Merlin, who has foreseen the legend of Arthur and aims to see it come to pass.

But Merlin and Arthur will have their hands full with Morgan as their rival.

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M.   /   March 30, 2011   /   1 Comment

Passionate actress Eva Green stays true to her surname by conserving water.

True to her name, Eva Green is conscious when it comes to water conservation. “I don’t have baths anymore. I take showers,” says the French-born actress, who plays the witchy Morgan in “Camelot,” Starz’ new retelling of the Arthurian legend, premiering April 1. Best known for her role as Vesper Lynd in the 2006 version of “Casino Royale,” Green eagerly took on the role she deems “a great character, full of colors. It’s a gift. I always wanted to play dark characters, like Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra, so it was a dream. It’s not a clichéd role. She’s not evil. I see her more as damaged. She believes herself to be the rightful heir to the throne, but because she’s a woman, she’s denied it and she will do absolutely anything to get it back.”

Morgan’s nemesis is Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) “because he has put Arthur on the throne. But she kind of respects him,” says Green. “She adores toying with him, like a cat with a mouse. We have a lot of taunting and teasing scenes.” The two handle their abilities differently, she adds. “Merlin is kind of world-weary when it comes to magic. He has seen and experienced too much. For Morgan, magic is new to her, and she’s drawn to it. It’s very exciting, like a drug.”

The ten-episode series shoots in Ireland, which Green adores. “I feel very at peace there. It’s just magical and beautiful,” she raves, happy to spend five months there playing something more than eye candy. “It’s not a girlfriend role. It’s a real ballsy character. She has guts, and that’s nice to play.” Having completed a film called “Perfect Sense” with Ewan McGregor, “a love story with the background of a worldwide epidemic,” she’s attached to a Maria Callas bio project, now in the scripting stage, and will likely play Angelique opposite Johnny Depp in a film version of the gothic-horror TV series “Dark Shadows.”

“I need to feel proud of my work and I need to be in love with a character,” Green says. “I can’t just do work and work and work. I work less maybe than other actors because of that, but I need to be passionate about it.”

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Stef   /   March 29, 2011   /   0 Comments

Most of us know Eva Green as the ethereal Vesper Lynd, the woman who broke James Bond (Daniel Craig)’s heart in Casino Royale and tragically died as a result of her betrayal.

That character went on to make Green one of the most popular Bond girls of all time and she finally became an international star after years of working in theatre, doing off-beat movies like The Dreamers; and having small roles in big movies that failed to become blockbusters such as Kingdom of Heaven and The Golden Compass.

Her latest movie is Perfect Sense, a romantic comedy opposite Ewan McGregor which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

Green’s mother is French actress Marlene Jobert while her father is Swedish dentist Walter Green. Her exotic looks can be attributed to her mixed parentage and she seems to fit into a variety of roles well.

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Stef   /   March 29, 2011   /   2 Comments

A role in “Casino Royale” a few years back helped elevate Eva Green in the eyes of Hollywood decision makers, but along with the attention came a lot of offers for the prettygirlfriend roles.

Green, however, turns them down.

“I do, but that’s probably why I don’t work much,” says Green, who stars in Starz’s new miniseries, “Camelot.”

“I don’t think I’d be very good, because I need to be passionate about something,” she adds. “I think small parts are even harder than big parts. I find it quite hard. I like strong women who have secrets and are a bit f-ed up.”

That certainly could describe Green’s role as Morgan in “Camelot,” launching Friday at 10 p.m on Starz. She’s a pagan, she’s evil, she’s lovable, and she uses her sexuality to get ahead.

“She’s such a cool, ballsy character to play, it’s not like playing the girlfriend in a movie, she’s like a warrior queen,” Green says.

It’s the first TV series for Green, who’s spent the rest of her career in movies. Indeed, she’s now working on an American accent so she can head to London to film Tim Burton’s take on “Dark Shadows.”

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Stef   /   March 20, 2011   /   0 Comments

Eva Green, French actress famous for her roles as femme fatale on Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers” and Bond Girl on Martin Campbell’s “Casino Royale,” plays a witch once again on the series “Camelot,” which airs on AXN Beyond starting April 4.

She’s not the least bit worried about being typecast as a witch. After all, she played Serafina Pekkala, the Witch Queen, in the movie “The Golden Compass.”

On “Camelot,” she portrays Morgan, nemesis of Arthur and Merlin.

In a conference call with Asian media outfits (including the Inquirer), Green (who was in New York at the time) explained that she doesn’t regard Morgan as pure “evil,” the way she was characterized in the past.

“She’s damaged,” Green said of Morgan. “She was exiled by her father to a nunnery for 15 years because she discovered that he murdered her mother. He wanted to silence her. Well, 15 years gave her plenty of time to be bitter.”

She described Morgan as “complex.”

“At the start, she seemed tough and vengeful, but little by little, I also tried to show the human being … the little girl in her.”

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Stef   /   March 20, 2011   /   4 Comments

If you think Cameron Diaz is the only actress playing a bad teacher these days, go check out new release Cracks. In it, you’ll find French actress Eva Green as Miss G, a glamorous swimming instructor at an elite 1930s all-girls boarding school who hypnotizes her students with exotic tales of far-off places. The thing is, Miss G has spent her entire life on campus, her stories merely semi-delusional constructions that win over her students’ devotion. But when a beautiful new student arrives, a girl who possesses the very qualities Miss G mimics, teacher becomes obsessed with student, and everything spirals rapidly towards a tragic finale.

Eva Green is no stranger to dark, ambiguous roles. In Casino Royale, she played a Bond girl with a secret, who left Daniel Craig weeping in the shower like a lost boy. And in her first role, in Bernardo Bertolucci The Dreamers, Green played a young Parisian who may or may not be sleeping with her formerly conjoined twin brother. The 30-year-old actress is drawn to these complex roles, and it was the chance to explore such a character in even greater depth that led her to a lead role in the Starz network’s upcoming King Arthur retelling, Camelot. Up next, she’ll star as a witch opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s horror comedy, Dark Shadows. Here she is on her twisted new character, the disturbing reaction to her onscreen nudity, and why she had to back out of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist.

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Stef   /   March 20, 2011   /   1 Comment

Thanks to George for the link.

Eight years ago, actress Eva Green made waves with her debut in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers followed by a key role in Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven before being cast as a Bond Girl in Martin Campbell’s James Bond reboot Casino Royale.

She now stars in Cracks, the directorial debut of Jordan Scott, Ridley’s daughter and his second progeny in the past year to direct her first movie. Based on the novel by Sheila Kohler, Green plays Miss G, the glamorous teacher at a girls’ boarding school in 1937 who has assembled the girls into a diving team. When a new girl arrives from Spain (played by Maria Valverde), it puts the other girls on edge, especially when Miss G starts giving her extra attention. It’s another terrific role for the sexy French actress who has been spending much of her time in England in recent years and the all-female cast of the period thriller also includes two prolific ingénues in Juno Temple and Imogen Poots.

ComingSoon.net sat down with Ms. Green to talk about the movie and we also talked briefly about her upcoming role in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, which starts shooting in May.

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Stef   /   March 17, 2011   /   9 Comments

Thanks to George for the link. 🙂

Recently some of the stars of Tim Burton’s next feature, a film version of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, have been out and about talking about the director’s take on the show. MTV caught up with Helena Bonham Carter who revealed her reluctance and excitement about playing Dr. Julia Hoffman, the “alcoholic psychiatrist.” While promoting Rango, Johnny Depp, who’s set to lead as the vampire Barnabus Collins, told Collider, “Maybe Barnabus, in this version, is maybe a little bit more, maybe waxes a little more poetic now and again, you know? But it’s definitely in keeping with the original series.”

Well, another member from the cast had a bit of a different take on the film’s connection to the source material. While promoting her upcoming film Cracks, Eva Green, who’s onboard to play the witch Angelique, explained that the film is so different, referring back to the show wouldn’t help her develop her character. Instead, she’s going for a cross between Bette Davis and Janis Joplin. Check it out for yourself in the clip below.

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