By Mike Flaherty
For a top screenwriter, a love of the lurid fiction of Victorian England led to Showtime’s Penny Dreadful.
John Logan’s career as a playwright and screenwriter – alonq with a Tony Award and three Oscar nominations – is the stuff that MFA dreams are made of.
Yet, he admits, that didn’t — couldn’t — quite prepare him for his current gig, the singularly demanding job of series showrunner.
In Dublin, Ireland, he’s in the thick of shooting season two of Showtime’s period horror drama, Penny Dreadful, which he created and also executive-produces. “It’s like a three-ring circus — hopefully in a productive way,” he says of life on the soundstages.
“The learning curve is huge,” he continues. “I was unprepared for the temporal challenges that thrust themselves upon you when you’re filming one episode, editing another from three months ago — and prepping something that’s going to be shot in two weeks. It requires such mental agility to put those different hats on and take them off as you walk from building to building.”
Penny Dreadful‘s 10-episode second season, which premieres May 3 and which Logan wrote after squeezing in the screenplay for the next Bond film, (Spectre), has two more episodes than the first.
As his expansive resume attests (an Emmy nomination for his script for the HBO telepic RKO 281 and film scripts including Skyfall, Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Hugo), putting words on the page has never been a challenge
“If I [were to] ever write a novel, this is it,” he says, aptly enough, as the title of his current project alludes to the melodramatic pulp novels-by-installment that were popular in Victorian England, which is also the show’s setting.
“The form of those novels — the way they were written and marketed and consumed — has resonance for me.”
Eva, as an actress, is unafraid of all risks, and must be fun to share scenes with. What’s the dynamic like when you work with her?
Well, Eva’s, she’s very practiced. She comes with a plan, and she does what she wants to do. I’m much more the opposite. I am the opposite. I take a lot of time trying to figure out what I think the character would be going through, and then I throw it out immediately as soon as we start filming. And so I want to experiment. But she has these specific things that she wants to do. So coming at it from these opposite approaches has yielded some pretty interesting scenes, I think. She probably hates it [laughs] because I’m throwing things at her all the time that she didn’t expect.
Read Josh Hartnett’s full interview HERE.
How’s the experience of working with people such as Eva Green and Josh Hartnett on-set?
Eva and Josh were both a joy to work with and we have some pretty intense stuff to do but thankfully we also managed to have a fair few laughs.
Read the rest of Stephen Lord’s interview HERE.
“I love extremes”
Fatale in Sin City, possessed in Penny Dreadful, the actress with 50 shades of dark is now shooting the new Tim Burton film. Today, the bewitched muse of L’Oréal Professionnel dreams of comedy.
Daughter of a cinema icon of the 70’s – paragon of the sexy and cheeky French – and of a Swedish dentist, Eva Green resembles nobody else, even if she comes with a twin sister the story reveals nothing about but the name.
The chosen one, it’s her. Eva Green. Even if it may sound like a pseudonym, it isn’t one. Eva, Ève, biblical name of legendary echo and cinematographic reminiscence – Losey, Mankiewicz. Green : the green of her eyes? They’re blue, huge and particularly expressive. Back in the days of mute cinema, she would have made acarnage. Although it would have been a shame, her low voice is a treasure.
“I’m almost invisible. Black leggings, black t-shirt. I don’t really take time to dress in the morning. I don’t look in the mirror. I should probably wear a few dresses….I should make more efforts, in fact. I don’t make enough efforts.”
Français / Anglais
“I’d love to shoot a french movie. I need a french project that really pleases me. Maybe to have more freedom, as french is my native language. I always liked english. I could have been an english teacher…I dont know…but it’s really a second language for me.”
“My lack of confidence is disastrous. I still don’t know what I’m missing. It’s an inner thing I can’t untie, and being successful doesn’t change anything to it. This job is a constant questioning. I can put on a strong face, but I don’t get used to it… On the other hand, I know that being an actress doesn’t solve everything. We live intensely, but it’s not enough. I don’t want to wake up at age 50 telling myself that I’ve done nothing but films.” – Eva Green
By Patricia Dahaner
For a former ‘Bond’ girl, Eva Green certainly knows how to keep under the radar. After two years of living quietly in Ireland, she says that she’s happier walking the Wicklow hills – make-up free – than in a Dublin nightclub
Eva Green has been doing so much work in Ireland in recent years that the Paris-born actress jokes that she should get herself an Irish passport.
Living in Dalkey, Co. Dublin, for the past two years, she is very at home in a house by the sea, to which she retreats each night, after days at Ardmore Studios filming Penny Dreadful.
A self-described introvert – who says she took up acting to help with her acute shyness – the embrace of the coastline of Dublin Bay comforts her.
“There’s something very magical and very spiritual in Ireland. The nature is very particular here and there are forces,” she tells me in her very quiet voice. It’s a statement befitting of Vanessa Ives, the mysterious clairvoyant that Eva plays in supernatural TV series Penny Dreadful.
Though set in Victorian London, the show – which also stars Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett and is now in its second series for American network Showtime – is filmed in Dublin. When we meet on the set at Ardmore Studios, 34-year-old Eva is dressed in a purple silk shirt and black tie from Dolce & Gabbana over a pair of black leather trousers and high boots. She’s friendly and wants to give a decent interview, but there’s also an arms-length reserve which she can’t help but give off. There’s almost no trace of a French accent when she speaks.
“I shot Cracks here in Ireland, it’s a small film. A long time ago, I did a TV show here also, called Camelot. I’ve spent two years here now doing Penny Dreadful, so I think I should get an Irish passport!
Writer Sharon Gosling started as an entertainment journalist, writing companion books for various television shows and movies and eventually becoming a young adult novelist. She’s no stranger to the world of Penny Dreadful having written two successful Victorian era young adult novels. In this interview, Sharon talks about her work in writing the fan essential The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful, the process of making it, her writing process and being on the set of Penny Dreadful.
First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in a very small village in the north of England, surrounded by fells and sheep, with my husband and a cat who likes to surprise me by hiding perfectly unharmed baby rabbits under my bed.
How did you get started as a writer? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I never wanted to be anything but a writer. As a teenager I realized that I needed some way to support myself as I tried to be a novelist, and I hit upon journalism. I started while I was still at school, writing book reviews for a national magazine and doing general articles and interviews for a local magazine in my hometown. Then I did a Literature degree, during which I continued to work for national magazines. When I graduated, I was lucky enough to be given a job as a staff writer on one of them and things slowly grew from there.
You started as an entertainment journalist then ventured into Young Adult Literature with The Diamond Thief and The Ruby Airship. Can you tell us more about The Diamond Thief and The Ruby Airship?
The Diamond Thief is set in London in the 1880s and follows the exploits of Rémy Brunel, a young French trapeze artist who also happens to be the best jewel thief in Europe. Her master brings her to London to steal a famous diamond from the Tower of London, but she finds herself pitted against a determined policeman called Thaddeus Rec. They end up having to work together to thwart a greater threat to the city. The Ruby Airship is the sequel, and I’ve just finished writing the third in the series. It will be out in 2016 and is called The Sapphire Cutlass.
EVA GREEN’S BIGGEST MYSTERY
Uniqueness is a special edge of her talent. Eva Green first attracted the attention of the audiences with her bold scenes in the legendary Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers”. And she was remembered. Till this day she has to fend off journalists with questions about her demonstrative nudity in the film. “Yes, I filmed something that was nearly a porn scene! But the film isn’t about that! The erotica in the film is a tool, which demonstrates the liberation of the antagonists from social taboos, the film is about 1968, about the revolution in people’s minds.”
So Eva doesn’t like discussing this topic. Anyway, international fame found her after the role of Vesper Lynd, a Bond girl, in “Casino Royale”. She followed it up with gothic and mysterious roles in “The Golden Compass” and “Franklyn”, and with a femme fatale role in “Sin City 2”. In the TV show “Penny Dreadful”, she exorcises the Devil and fights vampires. Why this choice of roles? She thinks it’s the “best way to liberate one’s self”. She feels the need to transform even during photoshoots. She can be a pin-up girl, a real lady, a seductive creation of the dark forces – anyone, really! Even her last name has been changed due to circumstances: it’s pronounced “Green” in English, but it actually sounds as “Grayne”, as her Father is a Swede. Eva’s also not a brunette but a natural blonde. Even in her soul she’s a little infantile, modest and fearful. But she dyed her hair and became a vamp, which she doesn’t regret.
ELLE: Is there anything we don’t know about you?
Eva Green: I often play confident and powerful women. People think that I’m like that in real life too. Labeling people is habitual but I’m a closed-off and shy person. This is why during photo sessions I try to be bolder and I choose eccentric and dramatic looks for my red carpet outings like Galliano and McQueen, which I love, and which have a certain level of oomph, but I try to avoid this type of escapades in real life.
ELLE: What are your everyday clothes?
EG: Black leggings, biker boots and a cool t-shirt, for example.
ELLE: How do you feel when people closely watch you and judge you?
EG: At first I had panic attacks! But as outings in the spotlight became more frequent, I started to be more confident. You don’t need special skills for that. You just need to understand why you’re getting the attention and be proud of a job well-done. I concentrate by listening to classical music. During shoots I often listen to Chopin.
Veteran book designer turned graphic novelist Martin Stiff is no stranger to the world of Penny Dreadful. The last time we interviewed him, he talked about his career as a graphic novelist for award-nominated graphic novel The Absence as well as his work on illustrating the Penny Dreadful special edition book Dracula. This time, he talks about his work on illustrating the fan essential The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful, the process of making it and his hopes for Season 2.
Hey Martin! How have you been? When we last spoke, you talked about your award-nominated graphic novel The Absence. Since then, it has been nominated for Best Book at the British Comic Awards….. Congratulations!
Thanks! It was also nominated for Best Original Graphic Novel at the Ghastly Awards, so it’s been quite a year for The Absence. Sadly, it didn’t win either award, but I’m incredibly proud to have been nominated. And a lot of other people have been showing interest in The Absence, too, some of which could lead onto some exciting things, but I can’t talk about any of it at the moment!
As you are already well aware, Eva Green starred in two Frank Miller graphic novel film adaptations (300: Rise of an Empire and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) last year so a lot of her fans, male and females alike, have been pretty much introduced to the world of graphic novels. We weren’t surprised when we got inquiries about The Absence!
Well, that’s great. I really think the rise of graphic novel based movies – and not just the superhero stuff – is hugely beneficial for the whole industry. I’m pleased people are seeking out the more unusual books like The Absence and huge thanks to you guys for plugging it!
Young actress Lili Davies is best known for having the honor to play Young Vanessa Ives on Penny Dreadful. We caught up with Lili to talk about her young career, working on Penny Dreadful, observing and meeting Eva Green and the advice that Timothy Dalton gave her.
How are you Lili?
Hiya, I’m very well thank you, excited to be interviewed!
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m 16 years old. I have two older twin sisters and one younger brother and I love going to the West End to watch musicals.
Based on your imdb.com profile, Penny Dreadful is your first professional job. How did this all come about for you? Did you audition or were you offered the role of Young Vanessa Ives?
My agent put me up for the audition. I attended two auditions and was offered the part by John Logan on my second call back.
By Anastasia Nemchenok
ELLE met up with Eva Green in London, where the Campari 2015 calendar (featuring the actress) was launched.
ELLE: Tell us about the work process on the Calendar.
Eva Green: The work process was fun and interesting. Most importantly, I didn’t feel any pressure from Campari, which is a rarity when you work for a commercial project.
ELLE: How was it working with Julia Fullerton-Batten, the first woman photographer in the history of Campari calendars?
EG: Julia is a real artist. She had never worked for a fashion shoot before, but she had organized everything perfectly. Usually it takes time to get used to someone’s working style, but this time – boom – everything was shot very quickly. An actress needs to feel appreciation from a director or a photographer in order to perform her best. Thanks to Julia each shot is like a painting.
ELLE: Where did the shoot take place?
EG: In Budapest, Hungary.
The Salvation is director Kristian Levring’s epic Western tale of revenge and justice. It tells the story of Jon (played by Mads Mikkelsen), a peaceful American settler of Danish decent who kills his family’s murderers which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) whose plans of revenge and mayhem is almost foiled by his mute sister-in-law Madeleine (Eva Green). Jon’s cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone. Here we talk to veteran South African actor Sean Cameron Michael on his thoughts on his career, filming in South Africa, The Salvation, his current hit tv show Black Sails and his favorite Eva Green project.
You’ve played a variety of characters on various mediums (theatre, film, television, shorts and commercials) and genres. Do you have a preferred medium or genre to work on? Do you have a particular favorite project or character of yours?
Yes, I’ve been very fortunate to work on many interesting and exciting projects over the past 30 years or so. Each medium, whether it be theatre (and the instantaneous energy of a live audience) or on-camera work (TV series, films, docudramas, music videos, etc), they all have their own unique requirement, challenges and style. I’ve been acting and performing all my life. It’s what I love and I’m truly grateful for every opportunity that I am given. It inspires and fulfills me immensely to work with new and aspiring directors and writers, to help bring their creations to life. At the same time, I’m continually learning and experiencing, working with highly regarded filmmakers and artistes who have reached the pinnacle of success. It’s hard to choose a favorite. Each experience is special and exhilarating actually.
Eva Green isn’t sure she can keep juicing up in the long run.
The French actress always looks incredible and even won the role of Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Quantum of Solace. To keep her body in check, she has a routine of exercising and cleansing with liquid meals.
“I run for half an hour a day and do stretches,” she revealed to German magazine Jolie.
“I’ve also discovered fresh vegetable juices. I know this sounds very LA, but I’m totally on the juicing bandwagon. Not sure if this will last. We’ll see!”
But Eva isn’t too tough on herself. Just like most other people, the gorgeous brunette has a few diet weaknesses.
“I don’t want to seem like a total alcoholic, but I do love a glass of something in the evenings,” she smiled. “It really relaxes me. And I can’t resist when it comes to cheese and foie gras. And I love to travel. But that’s a nice weakness.”
The 34-year-old star also let fans in on her beauty tips. Her mother always says not to worry about things, because it causes wrinkles.
Her go-to scent is Melograno from Santa Maria Novella and the little luxury she can’t live without are contact lenses.
“I do wear glasses when I’m home alone in the evenings – I turn into four-eyes. But nobody knows about that…” she giggled.
Source: Belfast Telegraph
By Julie Rebeyrol
Surprisingly, pungent, breathtaking. The lens of Julia Fullerton-Batten for the Campari Calendar 2015, Eva Green plays with imagination and malice, the femme fatale image that fits her too often to the skin. Meeting in London around a Campari Orange. Cheers!
IR: You are often a muse, but this is the first time that you are asked for a calendar. How did you feel?
Eva Green: I loved posing for Campari calendar, it was fun. I was in good hands, pampered by the best makeup artists, stylists and hairdressers. The positive energy that is absorbed around you is very important to feel confident and fulfilled before the lens.There were so many shootings where I did not feel “connected” with the photographer. Julia Fullerton-Batten, it was different.
What has she done more than others?
She made me very serene. She is a talented artist with an incredible imagination and a real sense of almost theatrical staging. She is passionate about what she does and takes great pride in her work. She prepared the set for hours before the shooting, she has carefully placed each glass and each bottle. It was so well done twenty minutes were enough to take a picture.
What surprised you most about this shooting?
The shooting in the ballroom of a castle in Budapest was very surprising and even fun, even. We were able to dance with gorgeous men, which is always nice, and the boys around me were pulling the strings of my dress so it moves! It’s unusual.
Among all these beautiful pictures, which one in the calendar that you prefer?
Sputnik! I like its mystery, magic and especially cosmonaut helmet. I recognize myself also naturally in this picture. Far, far away from the image of “femme fatale” that sticks to my skin. I also like the photo of the Negroni where I had to wear a beautiful Vivienne Westwood dress. The dress has helped me to get into the character I interpreted, a courtesan of the 19th century looking in the mirror. It was beautiful and sensual.
The 2015 calendar revisits and interprets the amazing stories behind iconic Campari cocktails. What is your favorite story about cocktails?
That of Negroni sbagliato ! I loved knowing how this cocktail was invented. It was created by accident and, like many other errors, eventually became an exceptional discovery. Such accidents can give birth to the most beautiful things in the world.
You will soon be back on movie sets, what movie in which you’ve not been seen yet but would like to play?
Maybe a comedy. Yes, a black comedy …! I love black humor. I am completely obsessed with Catherine Tate. This woman fascinates me.
Exactly, which actress has always inspired you?
Isabelle Adjani, forever. And Cate Blanchett, which for me is a true goddess! But I was perhaps the most inspired with is the poster of the film Last Tango in Paris by Bernardo Bertolucci, which remained plastered to my room very long.
You are often seen in Anglo-Saxon distributions, what kind of French film could seduce you?
Films of Jacques Audiard. Without hesitation!
At what time of the day are you going to the movies?
When I’m on a plane. I must admit that I unfortunately go infrequently to the cinema.
Finally, 2015 will be the year of “Eva Green” for Campari and for you? What’s your wish?
… (long pause) … To be happy! Yes, to be happy. Simply.