Here’s the Third Part of our Exclusive Q&A with Eva Green. We thank her for her kindness, candidness and for taking her time to do this Q&A with us. Special thanks goes to her twin sister Joy for once again facilitating this, without whom it wouldn’t be possible. In case you missed the First Part and Second Part of the interview, you can read them HERE and HERE. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave some messages or comments. Enjoy!
Your red carpet looks for the past three years has been very simple, sublime and faithful to designer Elie Saab. It’s a stark contrast from your past Alexander McQueen and John Galliano dominated red carpet appearances that were adventurous, playful and iconic. Was the change a conscious decision? And will we still be able to see your playful side on the red carpet?
I wish I could be as brave as Helena Bonham Carter who wore one red shoe and one green shoe to the Golden Globes! I adore her! Unfortunately, not a lot of people have a sense of humour at these events and it has become very “political”…. This said, I do love Elie Saab clothing, it’s very ethereal and magical!
You are well-travelled and seem to choose to visit unconventional destinations. Is there a place that you haven’t visited yet but is dying to see and experience?
I have always dreamed of visiting the Himalayas. And this year I was lucky enough to travel to Bhutan and Nepal! I was probably African in another life because I’m completely in love with the Continent! In February, I went to Tanzania and discovered the Singita Grumeti Reserves and their Environmental Education Centre. And I was so impressed by their foundation that I have become their Ambassador. Their work, educating children about the environment, is amazing, and could help to change the planet for the better. I’m planning on continuing work with this fabulous organization because what appealed to me the most was their concrete approach to conservation … Once the children have finished the Conservation Workshop, they return to their villages to transmit this precious knowledge not only to their family but to the entire village. I can’t think of a more exciting way to empower children than to teach them that they have the capacity to change their world… which is the first step in making the rest of the world a better place.
Ahead of the season finale, we caught up with Penny Dreadful’s resident Irish Director of Photography John Conroy to talk about Penny Dreadful, how it was like to work with Eva Green and what’s in store for him.
Many Penny Dreadful fans are amazed but unaware of how each episode comes to life through the production process. Could you tell us about yourself and the role you play in the show’s production?
Basically I read the script, listened to John Logan’s & The Directors vision. I Interpret that through working with the Art Department, VFX Department, then through Lighting, Framing & Camera moves with my own aesthetic. There are a lot of technical issues that manifest themselves in order to achieve this. The Mirror Maze & Train sequences in the Wild West being good examples. I spend most of my prep problem solving so when we shoot we can hit the ground running so everyone can express themselves without too much compromise.
The Director of Photography job is widely considered as one of the most challenging position on a film or television set. What’s the difference between working as a DoP on film and on a television series? And which to you prefer to shoot with: film or digital?
Challenging yes but hugely rewarding on a show such as Penny. There is no difference between TV & Movies in my mind in reference to standards, however, there may be when it comes to time allowed & the amount of coverage you have to do. Also Film is more of a Director’s Genre whilst TV is more biased towards the Showrunner. I have no preference over Film or Digital. I’d shoot on super 8 if it meant I could light. It’s all about the light. I do find it funny though when I hear about people talk about grain & the lack of it in Digital. When I was working mainly with Film, people were obsessed about getting rid of grain in Film stocks…. go figure.
Here’s the Second Part of our Exclusive Q&A with Eva Green. We thank her for her kindness, candidness and for taking her time to answer us. Special thanks goes to her twin sister Joy for once again facilitating this, without whom it wouldn’t be possible. In case you missed the First Part of the interview, you can read it HERE. We’ll be posting the rest of the Q&A in the coming weeks. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave some messages or comments. Enjoy!
If you could talk to your 15 year old self, what would you tell her?
Do all that you can to develop your confidence and get your attention on other people rather than being worried about people judging you.
You’ve learned how to read tarot cards, handle a crossbow, smoke a pipe, pray in Latin and acquire British and American accents all in the name of your characters. Which skill are you interested in learning should a role calls for it?
My fantasy would be to play a violinist or a cellist who would also be a kick-boxer and a chef!!!!
Eva and Joy shared this funny Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Behind the Scenes photo with us. Thanks Eva and Joy!
“Here’s an exclusive picture from the shooting of Miss Peregrine. Orla Carrol, me and Morna Fergusson ! My best hair and make up team on this planet! Photo is by Leah Gallo.” – Eva
As most Eva fans know, Orla and Morna are not just personal friends of Eva but are also her long time beauty squad! Here they are featured in a production video for Penny Dreadful:
Out of respect to Eva’s wish for the photo to be an EvaGreenWeb Exclusive, we ask everyone not to take the photo without proper permission or consent from Leah Gallo, Eva Green or EvaGreenWeb.com. Thank you.
Great news everyone! Eva recently granted us another Exclusive Q&A!! We thank her for her kindness, candidness and for taking her time to answer us. Special thanks goes to her twin sister Joy for once again facilitating this, without whom it wouldn’t be possible. We’ll be posting the rest of the Q&A in the coming weeks! Thanks for reading and feel free to leave some comments. Enjoy!
Your fan base has grown especially since our last Q&A (2014). You’re very much admired for your strong and fearless attitude towards your craft and your pleasant personality, what is it like knowing that you inspire so many people, especially young females from around the world? Do you have any message to your loyal fans? To the wonderful staff of EvaGreenWeb.com?
I feel very honoured. The kind devotion of the fans counterbalances any meanness that I may encounter in this cruel business. The website is so well done and professional that even my agents and my publicist check on it to find the latest info! I’m very touched by the time and energy and especially the care that you take with the website. Bravo bravo bravo!
Fresh off the success of his recently released Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick starring film Mr. Right, we caught up with the deeply engaging and down to earth Spanish Director Paco Cabezas who directed season 3’s episodes 5, 6, 7 and the season finale episode 9, to talk about Penny Dreadful, how it was like to work with Eva Green and what’s in store for him.
You’re no stranger to the supernatural and horror genre having written and/or directed The Appeared, Sexykiller and Invasión Travesti to name a few. How did it all come about for you in terms of getting involved on Penny Dreadful? Was it an easy decision to accept the challenge of directing back to back episodes?
I think it was my film “Neon Flesh” that got the attention of John Logan and the Producers of Penny Dreadful and that says a lot about the team cause Neon Flesh is not a horror movie but they were able to see through the style and camera work, that I had the right sensitivity for the show. Once we start talking and they find out I’m a hardcore fan of the show, everything was pretty easy. What I did on every meeting was to talk with an open heart about the show and why I love it and suddenly I was there, directing the episodes. After that to be honest, there was nothing too difficult. To me, it was a joy to shoot the episodes.
From Amando de Ossorio’s La Noche del Terror Ciego to Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s ¿Quién puede matar a un niño? to cult favorite Angustia by Bigas Luna to modern classics from Alejandro Amenábar, Jaume Balagueró, Juan Antonio Bayona and Guillem Morales, what is it about Spain’s connection and strength with producing quality horror films and directors that seems to be very transcendent and influential?
Probably there’s something about our blood. Our passion that transcends the celluloid. It’s hard to talk in these terms but I think when I watch a movie or a TV show, I don’t think in terms of genre. I think in terms of emotion. I want the show to make me shake in my seat. I wanna feel moved, thrilled, scared and above all have fun. To me, it has to be a rollercoaster of emotions. I think in the old Europe, we’re the ones who get the Latin connection, that sense that life’s too short and you gotta take the bull by the horns and just live as intensively as possible and that’s something that I think translates very well into Penny Dreadful. To me, filming is a joy and I love to cheer when I see a great performance or just jump around when I’m excited about killing vampires. I think that energy like what you said, transcends.
Young, good-looking, multi-talented and an immensely promising actor, Sebastian Croft has made a name for himself among Penny Dreadful fans as “Creepy Vampire Boy” after his season 3 addition as The Boy Familiar. With 2016 slated to be a breakout year for Sebastian with his appearances on Penny Dreadful, ITV and FOX’s Houdini and Doyle and Game of Thrones as the Young Ned Stark, he will next be seen in Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus and Martha Coolidge’s Music, War and Love. We caught up with Sebastian for his first ever formal interview as he prepares for his first ever Shakespeare play King John as Prince Arthur at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, to talk about working on Penny Dreadful, observing and working with Eva Green and his hopes and dreams for his young career.
Your first professional role as an actor was in the UK National Tour of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ (2009) as Toby, at the young age of eight. How early on did you decide that you want to perform? What drew you to acting in musical theatre, and how did you get your first big break?
I was actually 7 when I started in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’! Apparently my parents say when I was very young I used to love doing little shows, magic tricks and dressing up in costumes. I started going to Stagecoach when I was 6 and from there my lovely teacher Julia Howson gave me the chance to audition for Chitty and so I was cast in my first professional production! I knew from that first show that I wanted to keep performing, I loved it so much. It’s difficult to say what my first ‘big break’ was, as every new job I get I feel is my big break. I got cast in Penny Dreadful and Game of Thrones around the same time last year and that was a major shift that I had been working towards for some time. Musical Theatre is a great way to start as a child actor, as it gives you an excellent grounding in all three disciplines. It wasn’t a game play at the time, but I am so glad I had have that early experience. But I knew a couple of years ago that I wanted to head towards film and TV and was incredibly lucky to be spotted by Curtis Brown (now my agents) who really helped me transition into TV and film roles from early 2015 onwards.
You have an established career as a theatrical actor on the British stage. From Gavroche in ‘Les Miserables’ in 2011, to touring the UK in the title role of ‘Oliver!’ for Cameron Mackintosh, to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘Matilda The Musical’ in London’s West End. This past year, you portrayed the title role in the musical version of ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾” at the Leicester Curve! What is your favorite aspect of being in professional theatre?
It’s hard to pinpoint, but I really like trying to figure out people and situations. I am told I have a high EQ which means I can read emotions well, and I like the puzzle of figuring out why people are the way they are and do the things they do. So I think being able to portray characters through acting feels like a natural thing to do for me, if that makes sense? I really love the roles where I can help originate a part, and have some input into building the character. This was really the case on Adrian Mole. It was a brand new musical, where all the lead roles were played by teenagers, and we were working very closely with the writers and directors. They allowed us to contribute a lot to developing our charaters. There was something really magical about that show, and we have all remained great friends since. I am back in theatre at the moment working on my first ever Shakespeare play, King John. It’s one of the lesser known Shakespeare plays but Arthur (my character) has some amazing scenes. It’s being directed by Sir Trevor Nunn who is one of the best Shakespeare directors of all time. I am just soaking up every bit of knowledge I can from him and the other incredible actors I am working with. It truly is a masterclass and I feel very privileged.
Eva Green and Alicia Vikander will be co-starring as sisters in conflict traveling through Europe towards a mystery destination in Lisa Langseths’ first English-language film “Euphoria”. Shooting in the German Alps will start in early August this year.
Euphoria is a mix of psychological showdown and absurd reality. Miss Vikander’s newly launched Vikarious Productions will act as co-producer with Sweden’s B-Reel Films’ Patrik Anderson and Frida Bargo. The film has an approximate budget of 50 Million Swedish Kronor. This is the first time that half-Swedish Eva Green will be involved in a Swedish film production. Both Eva and Alicia are represented by Tavistock Wood in London and UTA in Hollywood.
Penny Dreadful’s Key Prosthetic Make-Up Artist Sarita Allison is a double BAFTA winner and a fan favorite among Dreadfuls. Interactive, mysterious and gracious to fans, each Dreadful awaits in bated breath for her social media updates on what’s happening on set of the show. While in the middle of production for season 3, we caught up with Sarita for an exclusive interview to chat about her career, Penny Dreadful and working with Eva Green. Get to know the London-based genius behind The Creature, Witches and The Werewolf as she takes us behind the scenes of the show and tell us what to expect on season 3…
A lot of Penny Dreadful fans already know you by name but could you tell us more about yourself?
I am the Key Prosthetic Make-Up Artist on Penny Dreadful and I work closely alongside Nick Dudman, the HOD. I apply the prosthetic makeups with Nick or by myself with the exception of Sembene’s facial scarring which is done by the make-up department.
The design and look of the characters is a collaboration between Nick and I. The final look and maintenance of the actors on set is all part of my job. I am a Make-Up Designer in my own right and I have the versatility of also being a beauty make-up artist. That skill has proven extremely beneficial whilst working on Penny Dreadful. Nick wanted someone to work with him who had that versatility because we were not creating rubber monsters. We were creating characters. I am incredibly passionate about my work and always strive to improve and be the best I possibly can. Trying to have a work / life balance is really important as this type of job can all consume if you allow it. Practicing yoga is part of my life and helps me focus and switch off from work at the same time.
Professional dancer, model turned actress Nicole O’Neill is one of Penny Dreadful’s new additions this second season, playing a witch out to get Eva Green’s Vanessa Ives. We caught up with Nicole to talk about working on Penny Dreadful, observing and working with Eva Green and her hopes and dreams for her young career.
You’re a film and television actress, professional dancer and commercial and print model. How did it all come about for you in terms of being casted as one of the witches? Was there an audition process and how was it like?
Ahh yes, I am quite the grafter work-wise, and enjoy having a good mix of professions to keep me on my toes. However, it is safe to say that acting is my real passion! Yes, I did audition for my role. But it is how I got this amazing opportunity in the first place that will be forever humbling!
This game changing experience really all came about for me because of the wonderful Sarita Allison. Penny Dreadful’s Key Prosthetic MUA. I had the pleasure of getting to work with this exceptionally talented lady 4 years ago on X-MEN: First Class. After which, through the various forms of social media we thankfully stayed in touch. As I am sure you know being great fans of the show, Sarita has a BIG input into the design of new “creature-esq” character looks… the witches, really being her “big project” for season 2 so to speak!
In August last year, casting was already well underway but there was some struggle I believe to find actresses 1) who would do partial nudity, 2) full body prosthetics, (it is really not an experience for everyone!) and 3) who had, if any some kind of combat or stunt experience ideally.
As Sarita relayed it to me…One day while sat in her kitchen reading the new season 2 scripts, she was trying to envision which actresses she could see playing the witches… and amazingly, I apparently sprung to mind. Like WOW, what a compliment!!!
Next thing I know, she blows me away with this random phone call out the blue. Asks me to send my CV and showreel to the Penny Dreadful producers in LA! Just CRAZY, and all over the space of an intensely nerve-wracking 5 days, I was given an audition scene, was put on tape by a top casting director and after a nail biting 2 day wait, I got word from across the pond that I had gotten the part!
I literally cannot express how much I owe Sarita for believing in me enough to put her own personal judgment on the line! I could, of course completely fallen flat in my audition. Totally flaked! As let’s face it, I haven’t had a ton of acting experience, and this was no small audition! Yet, I enjoyed it so much! I felt I had absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain, and most of all this “Little Monster” was not about to let her “Head Witch” down!!!
Penny Dreadful™ will be premiering on May 3, Sunday, at 10PM ET/PT on Showtime© (check your local listings for full details). In celebration of the show’s return and Eva Green reprising her role as Vanessa Ives, we will be giving away FREE authentic Penny Dreadful memorabilia to loyal and lucky Eva Green and Penny Dreadful fans!
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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.
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.
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.