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.
By Natalie Denton
“It is important to feel loved by the photographer or the director, so you are able to give as much as possible. I felt like Julia really appreciated me. I played several characters and it was fun. I didn’t have to do loads of homework or learn lots of lines, and to be surrounded by passionate people without any pressure was a joy. Truly, Julia was my inspiration.” – Eva Green on Julia Fullerton-Batten
“What was so refreshing with Eva was every time she came on set, she totally performed, knew the story behind the cocktail and it just made my job so much easier. Campari approached me to ask if I wanted to photograph the calendar for 2015 and I was like, ‘yes!’ – I didn’t know who the muse would be, but I was over the moon when I found out that it was Eva, because I didn’t want to work with someone typical. I think Eva has something quite amazing about her. She was the perfect choice for the calendar.” – Julia Fullerton-Batten on Eva Green
By Steph Adams
French actress and Model; Eva Green is most notably known for filming along side Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. The one women to have stolen his heart. Here she talks about what it was like being the leading lady for the latest Campari Calendar.
SA: Congratulations on becoming the leading lady for Campari, How do you think the style of the brand has evolved over the last 150 years?
Eva: Thank you. It was a huge honor. The Campari Calendar is renowned all over the world and is a work of art that I myself have admired for many years. Some incredibly talented and beautiful women have starred in previous editions, from Uma Thurman and Penelope Cruz to Jessica Alba, so I’m really honoured to have been part of that history too. It is such a privilege to work with a brand like Campari, which carries with it such a rich and interesting history, yet remains to be timeless with some of the best-loved cocktails remaining on trend even today. I think that says a lot for the styling of the brand too in that it has obviously evolved with the ages but at every point has remained contemporary and on trend – this is probably why it is still such a worldwide icon today.
SA: How did you feel about this year’s theme? Why do you think you were chosen to star in this year’s Calendar?
Eva: This year’s theme ‘Mythology Mixology’ had me hooked on the project from day one. The whole Calendar is very much a visual narrative, revealing the creation stories behind 12 of Campari’s best loved classic cocktails. As an actress, I am very used to bringing scripts and stories to life through characters, so perhaps that’s why they chose me. Unlike with TV or film though, we had to capture the stories in just one shot. There is something very intriguing and complex in that but Julia’s (the photographer) vision and skill is what really brought this project to life.
SA: What does the Campari Calendar mean to you?
Eva: For me, the project was about so much more than simply having my picture taken. I for one learned so much from this shoot and it was so interesting to delve into the history behind the Campari brand and its cocktails. It’s made me think about the art of telling stories very differently. Like I say, I am very used to recreating stories as an actress, but working with Julia on this shoot opened my eyes to the art of photography as a story-telling platform. It really is a work of art and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.
SA: As an actor, who do you look to most for inspiration when you are playing a role?
Eva: I look to actors and filmmakers who inspire me. I’ve worked with Tim Burton before and am about to work with him again – he inspires me a lot.
By Lisa Niven
EVA GREEN has been signed by L’Oréal Professionnel as the brand’s new international spokesperson. The actress – perhaps best known for her role as Bond Girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale – will be the face of the brand’s 2015 launches from February.
“As an actress, hair is so important. You need a very good relationship with your hairdresser and together we create the hairstyles. My hairdresser uses, of course, the leader of hair products, L’Oréal Professionnel. I am very glad to be on board on this new adventure,” Green said in a statement.
This year, Green – who appeared on the cover of Vogue’s January 2008 issue – will begin shooting Tim Burton’s new film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, as well as reprising her role in American television series Penny Dreadful, in which she stars alongside Josh Hartnett.
“We have chosen Eva Green because she perfectly embodies our values: She is extremely sensitive to fashion trends and counts on the expertise of hairdressers, both on and off screen,” said Anne-Laure Lecerf, International Managing Director at L’Oréal Professionnel. “Her beauty, modernity and personal appeal captivate. I am convinced that Eva Green will be an amazing advantage for L’Oréal Professionnel.”
Green will be the new face for the strategic 2015 launches, including Wet Domination by Tecni.ART; this styling range will be available in L’Oréal Professionnel hair salons from February 2015. www.lorealprofessionnel.co.uk
Source: Vogue UK
L’Oreal Professionnel is proud to announce that Eva Green – Bond girl in Casino Royale, heroin of the new hit TV series Penny Dreadful and star of the next film by Tim Burton, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,which will be released in 2016 – is the new international spokesperson for L’Oreal Professionnel.
Born in Paris on July 6, 1980, Eva Green possesses a feminine and magnetic beauty. She is one of the most talented international actresses of her generation. She also has a great awareness of fashion and beauty trends. Eva is particularly renowned for her translucent complexion, blue eyes and her signature brunette hair, which she often transforms for films and red carpet appearances. Whether wearing a loose, wavy style or a sophisticated and glamorous chignon, Eva Green always channels powerful femininity.
Eva takes pride in her hair and has built a relationship of trust with her hairdresser. “As an actress, hair is so important. You need a very good relationship with your hairdresser and together we create the hairstyles. My hairdresser uses, of course, the leader of hair products, L’Oreal Professionnel. I am very glad to be on board on this new adventure,” she says.
At 34, Eva Green has more than 18 films and TV series to her name. She has often played enigmatic heroines in fantastic and surreal worlds. She chooses her roles carefully and has worked on superb films as well as wonderful collaborations with renowned filmmakers.
Eva began her film career in 2003. She was offered her first screen role by Bertolucci in his film The Dreamers. She went on to star alongside Romain Duris in Arsene Lupin in 2004 before heading to Hollywood in 2005. She launched her international career after just a few months thanks to Ridley Scott who cast her as his leading lady, Sybille, in Kingdom of Heaven.
In 2006, she joined the ranks of the famous and beautiful Bond girls, landing the role of Vesper Lynd alongside Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. She continued to appeal to audiences in large-scale productions like Dark Shadows alongside Johnny Depp and Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For as well as independent films like Perfect Sense and White Bird.
In 2015, she will begin shooting Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children while also continuing to appear in the hit American TV series Penny Dreadful, in which she plays the title role alongside Josh Hartnett.
“We have chosen Eva Green because she perfectly embodies our values: She is extremely sensitive to fashion trends and counts on the expertise of hairdressers, both on and off screen. Her beauty, modernity & personal appeal captivate. I am convinced that Eva Green will be an amazing advantage for L’Oreal Professionnel,” says Anne-Laure Lecerf, International Managing Director at L’Oreal Professionnel.
Source: PR Newswire
By Kara Howland
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
I love genre shows, so when I heard Showtime’s Penny Dreadful would include mashup of some of the best known horror villains there are — Frankenstein’s monster, vampires, a wolf man — I knew we were in for a treat. That combined with the strange and tormented lives of all the main characters makes for an interesting and intriguing show. Now that I’ve been introduced to these characters and come to know them a bit better, I can’t wait to see how their relationships change and mature as they fight a new villain.
Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Helen McCrory and EP John Logan participated in a panel at the Winter 2015 TCAs for Showtime. They discussed their characters, what we can look forward to in season 2 and more.
“I don’t really think so, did we? It was clear in the writing. You take the writing. The blueprint is there. The essence is there. Eva and I and John, we just make it work.” – Timothy Dalton
“Tim’s a great example of how, for me, the second season is different from the first, because when I wrote these characters, they didn’t exist. The actors didn’t exist, other than Eva Green being in my head, I had no idea who these actors were going to be. Now I’ve spent a year with them. I’ve worked with them on set. I’ve seen their performances and their voices have gotten into my head.” – John Logan
I don’t remember the last time I saw an actress give a performance that was as committed as what Eva did in the first season of that show, aggressively committed. Can you talk a little bit about working with her when she was in those fugue states, as it were.
Timothy: “Well, I did a lot of work with her last year. Most of my work was with her. I will tell you simply, there were occasions when I was really proud, as a man and as an actor, to be on that set with her. I could have cheated.”
Harry Treadaway: “I felt sorry for her at times. She was cowering in the corner and possessed and dankering and scabs all over her and paper fiddling with her.”
Timothy: “And she had to get up at 4:00 in the morning.”
Harry: “‘Are you all right?’ ‘Let’s just do the scene.’ But she was brilliant. She was brilliant.”
Season 2 synopsis, from Showtime:
Season 2 finds Vanessa and Ethan forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene, unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray, the Creature and Brona are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Jonny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.
Season 2 of Penny Dreadful premieres Sunday, April 26th at 10/9c on Showtime.
By Manuela Ravasio
We interviewed Julia Fullerton-Batten, the first woman photographer behind the lens for the brand of red passion.
What does this mean for you, the word “muse”?
The muse is someone who is a source of inspiration for creative work. Eva Green was definitely: in a week of intense work together to achieve the Campari 2015 calendar. I feel privileged to have had her as my muse. I was really excited to work with her. As a viewer I always liked her attitude on the set. I was very impressed with the patience she have shown for the realization of these photos. Working with Eva was a revelation for my work usually choose styles found on the streets, but Eva showed me a rich variety of expressions, gestures, personality that I had never met before.
As you have represented the culture of the beverage Campari in 12 months?
In working with Eva and the team we have tried to associate the theme Mythology Mixology with everyday life, something that would unite the lovers of Campari with a menu of 12 classic drink from the long story but still loved, and drunk from the public. For this reason, the ones you see in the shots reflect the true nature of Campari, including contemporary, inspiration and imagination. Then the scarlet Campari returns in clothes and make-up of Eva, and then a location and coordination of lights which enter into this balance. The entire calendar I think that conveys the very idea of a fairytale event.
“Ducks” from the set that you can / want to reveal?
Eva loved to entertain us with a lot of funny expressions. On one of these occasions, while we were shooting a scene on a counter, took the soda siphon and sprayed everywhere … .she definitely relaxed the set!
Thank you to Valentina for translating this article-interview for us!
Source: Marie Claire Italy
Eva Green wishes she could have a live-in hairstylist.
The 34-year-old beauty cemented her style-icon status when she appeared as Bond girl Vesper Lynd in 2006’s Casino Royale, with Daniel Craig by her side as 007.
She’s known for her trademark flowing brunette locks, and while it might look like she knows just how to tame her mane, she says it’s all an illusion.
“Oh god… If I could, I’d have a hairstylist living at mine, who does it for me every morning,” she admitted to German magazine Jolie.
“In that sense, I’m just like a man. I spend absolutely no time whatsoever on my everyday look. I do it like this: shake hair upside down, tie it up, done!”
While raven locks have become her trademark, Eva’s hair is actually dark blonde. In the future, she could imagine going back to a lighter shade.
“I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 15,” she shared. “I’d love to try going platinum blonde. Unfortunately, it’s so bad for your hair. I suggested it to my hairdresser and he said, ‘Well, OK, good luck.'”
“At home in the mirror, everything looks great. Then the flash photography starts up and with the light complexion and the dark hair, you look like you’re in a horror movie,” she grimaced.
“I have to be careful not to look like a ghost in pictures. But you can’t really control what happens on the red carpet.”
Source: Belfast Telegraph
By Fernanda Baldioti
The star of calendar 2015, the french actress collects stuffed animals and only watch movies on plane
LONDON – At first glance, the production can cause impact: dress and red lipstick, and Louboutin sandals and a powerful make-up worthy of a diva of the cinema. But the look that Eva Green wore last Wednesday in a suite at the Ace Hotel in London, to launch the 2015 Calendar of Campari, is almost a costume, hand-picked for her to play one of the roles that is considered more difficult: to be herself.
“I hate it when, in a few photoshoots, I have to pose in front and smiling. Therefore I prefer to embody a character, with beautiful clothes, heavy makeup. It’s like an armor.” she explains, who under the lens of the prestigious German photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten gave life to the stories of twelve classic drinks that are based on traditional Italian drink .
But hiding behind her characters is not the only tactic Eva Green does to overcome shyness and flourish her best-known facet of femme fatale in movies. Considered one of the sexiest women in the cinema, the French actress, who played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in “Casino Royale” (2006), calls attention not to have stunning curves. Nor is it the kind that is making faces to test your power of conquest. Eva prefers a game of seduction less obvious, which attracts more by the atmosphere of mystery that she creates around herself, starting with the choice of enigmatic role such as the witch Serafina Pekkala in “The Golden Compass” (2007); the witch Angelique , in “Shadows of the Night” (2012), and currently the scary Vanessa Ives, in the series “Penny Dreadful”.
“The mysterious people who have secrets and are not obvious, are more attractive, more interesting. We lost the mystery in our society. With the internet, it no longer exists. I find this sad.”, she philosophizes, that makes a point of staying away from social networks: “I use my iPhone basically to exchange emails and take pictures.”
Off screen, without the typical supernatural powers of some of her characters, Eva keeps the element of suspense from day to day displaying a goth look: black clothing, smoky eyes and blond hair dyed black dramatically parted to the side. Not to mention the eccentric habits, such as a passion for taxidermy. Simply enter the living room of her house to come across some skulls and a series of stuffed animals (ranging from birds to an aurochs, an extinct species of bulls).”They find me strange because I have these things. And still think I collect art pieces. I love art, but this is a myth.” she says.
The exotic decor contrasts with the classic beauty, her soft voice and the almost demure way of the actress, who considers herself an “old lady” and not think twice before giving up a party to stay at home surrounded by friends and even alone: “I do not say lonely, but I like being myself. I am very quiet. For me, the less we say the better. I dont like to spend hours on the phone. I’m a strange animal…” she defined herself, who, however, does not dispense from an invitation to eat well. “I love food but do not have much patience for cooking. I prefer to spend my money going to good restaurants.”
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