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“Dark? But I dream of doing a comedy.”
She found Ireland, where she is filming the second season of the horror tv show Penny Dreadful, a mystical country. But also in western atmospheres, Eva Green does not stop confronting the dark forces. Even her mother, French actress Marlène Jobert, is surprised by her dark roles…
The sky is grey, the sudden rain that makes the asphalt dark and shiny, the bare trees of a cold February day: the atmosphere of Ardmore Studios in Wicklow County, forty minutes from Dublin, could not be more appropriate. They are shooting the second season of Penny Dreadful, an horror-gotic tv show created by John Logan and produced by Sam Mendes, set during the Victorian London.
The scene is full of deformed monsters, characters from literature – Dorian Gray, Dracula and Frankenstein – opium smokers, adventurers. Here, every morning for months, Eva Green became the fragile, painful and enigmatic Vanessa Ives, the sorcerer with supernatural powers who fights evil spirits and unknown forces. Between takes, the actress leave her long dark dress with rigid corset (the amazing costumes have been created by Gabriella Pescucci) and present herself to this interview with a severe masculine cut shirt color – Is it a coincidence? – of blood, complete with a bow tie, leather pants and boots. All black, like her hair. She’s pale, with those special blue eyes, she seems a little bit tired and wan but still fascinating, the uncertain voice and the usual shyness; Eva Green charms.
“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.
“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!
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.
By Justin Kroll
Kim Dickens has rounded out the cast of 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of the classic novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which Tim Burton is directing.
Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney and Samuel L. Jackson also star.
The film is based on the Ransom Riggs novel, following a teenager, played by Butterfield, who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green will play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.
Chernin Entertainment is producing, with Jane Goldman penning the script.
Production is currently under way, and the pic is set to bow March 4, 2016.
While she has stayed busy on the film front, Dickens broke out from her roles on TV that included HBO’s “Deadwood” and “Treme” and Netflix’s “House of Cards.” She recently landed a starring role on the upcoming “The Walking Dead” companion series.
Dickens was last seen in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” which was also a Fox production. She is repped by Gersh.
By Justin Kroll
Allison Janney has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox and Tim Burton’s adaptation of the classic novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which Tim Burton is directing.
Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell and Samuel L. Jackson also star.
The film is based on the Ransom Riggs novel, following a teenager, played by Butterfield, who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green would play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.
Janney will play the the psychiatrist to Butterfield’s character.
Chernin Entertainment is producing, with Jane Goldman penning the script.
Production is currently underway and the pic is set to bow March 4, 2016.
Janney can currently be seen on the CBS sitcom “Mom” opposite Anna Faris and on the film front will next be heard in Illumination’s “Minions” voicing the character of Madge Nelson. She also has “Spy” starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham coming out this summer.
Janney is repped by Thruline, Gersh and Nelson Davis LLP.
There are few experiences in modern cinema quite as intoxicating as watching Eva Green behaving badly. Whether she’s an American housewife on the verge of a nervous breakdown in White Bird in a Blizzard, or fixing those deep turquoise eyes on her oppressors in the revenge western The Salvation, or wrestling demons in the TV series Penny Dreadful, it’s impossible to tear your gaze away.
Green is an enigma, hiding in plain sight. She’s a femme fatale with as many female admirers as male ones, a Bond girl who all but ate Bond for breakfast. Her beauty is of the troubling sort that drives prim conformists mad – they’re forever wanting her to fix her teeth, go easy on the eye make-up, tone down the witchiness and look like everyone else.
Read the full article here on telegraph.co.uk.
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.
The Salvation hits Video On Demand (VOD) and opens in limited release on February 27th. Please check your local theaters for availability.
By Dave McNary
Samuel L. Jackson is in talks with Fox to come on board Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” alongside Eva Green and Asa Butterfield.
Chernin Entertainment is producing “Peculiar Children” and has slotted the fantasy-actioner for release on March 4, 2016.
Burton will direct from a script by Jane Goldman, who adapted the Ransom Rigg novel about a teenager who finds himself on an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them.
Jackson has been filming Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” He’s repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.
By Katina Vangopoulos
From getting her acting start in Bertolucci film The Dreamers, Eva Green has spent the last decade on some of Hollywood’s biggest movie sets working with Ridley Scott and Robert Rodriguez to becoming a Bond girl. As her latest turn in White Bird in a Blizzard makes its debut on Blu-Ray, here’s a look at three Eva Green performances that lend to her standing as a modern femme fatale.
1. Vesper Lynd, Casino Royale
In what is arguably the best James Bond outing ever, Green is her most effective as the only woman to ever truly gain 007’s affection. Vesper Lynd is a woman torn between right or wrong as she is forced to play for both sides. But her love for Bond is real, Green able to switch from smouldering to caring with ease before breaking the action hero’s heart. As an unconventional Bond girl this not only made Green a star to be noticed, but made Casino Royale what it is – a Bond film with heart.
2. Ava Lord, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Frank Miller’s favourite Sin City creation came to life in a sequel nearly 10 years in the making, and Green revels in the neo-noir world of his imagining. Her turn as the dame of the title is the centrepiece of the film as she controls everyone and everything. Green is her most seductive as Ava, luring hapless men into a false sense of love and security. It’s safe to say she wasn’t too afraid to get her clothes off in the name of art either.
3. Angelique Bouchard, Dark Shadows
While the film as a whole was a bit of a jumbled effort by Tim Burton, Green is given a lot of room to ham up the femme fatale stereotype as Angelique, the witch obsessed with Johnny Depp’s Barnabas. She plays Angelique as a straightshooter with conviction, a businesswoman who knows what she wants. But her pining for Barnabas brings a lighter, near-comical side to the character, a point of difference for Green who is otherwise used to dramatic roles.
Source: Movie Mezzanine
Congratulations to Kristian Levring and to the cast and crew of The Salvation! The film got 7 Robert Awards Nominations:
Best Set Design
Best Make-up Artist
Best Visual Effects
For more information on the Robert Awards and the other nominees and categories, click HERE.
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