By Tara MacInnis
Woman of mystery Eva Green, who stars in a major hair campaign for L’Oréal, shares her secrets
With her inky cascading over pale shoulders, Eva Green—famous for her role as James Bond’s one true love Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale—is becoming the go-to leading lady for all things brooding. Early next year, she’ll play the title character in macabre master Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; next May she returns as the demon-tormented Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful’s third season. And now, L’Oréal Professionnel has tapped the French actress as its spokesperson for a new intensive hair treatment range. “It’s a revolution,” she says, wearing a long black dress, obsidian nail polish and smudgy kohl eyeshadow during the launch at the Le Meurice hotel in Paris. “It takes your hair from f-cked up to beautiful, strong, healthy.” The taxidermy-collecting star fits into Burton’s quirky world quite honestly. Unafraid of ghosts and ghouls, here’s what really causes her fright: “Not being loved…being rejected,” she says, revealing a tender truth beneath the dark facade.
Green’s Gothic Beauty Tips
Go Deep: “As a teenager, I was dark blonde. I was going through a shy phase, and I wanted to change something. My mum’s friend had black hair, and I decided to try it. I feel now that it’s more me.”
Do Blood Red: “I love M.A.C Lady Danger lipstick for all occasions. The matte finish lasts for hours.”
Shun the Sun: “I never go out without an SPF of at least 30. It’s the key to dodging aging.”
Resurrect damaged hair with the latest regenerating treatment
After 15 years of research, L’Oréal Professionnel has finally solved the beauty world’s mane dilemma: how to make a pricey reparative salon treatment last beyond your next wash. Pro Fiber’s molecular mix, dubbed APTYL 100, rebuilds frayed strands and then seals itself inside hair with a protective film. After your initial spa-style pampering using one of three hair-care systems (Revive, Restore or Reconstruct), a for-pros-only dose of the juiced-up activator locks in smoothness for up to four washes. An at-home five-piece range includes a booster that recharges results for another four-wash cycle, with lustre that lasts six weeks—until your next appointment.
Eva Green’s skin didn’t fare well in the harsh Irish winter.
The French actress is playing Miss Peregrine in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which hits cinema screens next year.
Tim is known for his kooky plots and visuals, and Eva’s hair will not disappoint.
“The role I’m playing now is quite cool. My hair is kind of bonkers. It’s a 40s style with a twist. I also loved my look in another movie I starred in, called Cracks. It’s set in the 30s – all high-waisted pants and bobbed hair,” she told the British version of Marie Claire.
Eva is used to having her hair styled and her make-up applied on set, and she looks equally as glamorous when she hits the red carpet.
Not all of her projects have been as kind on the 35-year-old’s looks though. She’s known for her alabaster skin, which looks extra striking next to her raven locks, but while filming hit TV show Penny Dreadful her skin took a bit of a beating.
“Filming in Ireland last winter really took its toll on my skin,” she revealed. “I rely on a good, fragrance-free make-up remover from Cetaphil or Avène and apply a cold cream to replenish my skin. I always wear SPF, but find factor 50 is too pale and thick, so I use SkinCeuticals Brightening UV Defense SPF 30. I love Sisley’s treatments, too.
“Make-up can be dangerous when you have pale skin – sometimes I can look like Morticia Addams!”
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.
Patti LuPone is back for more “Penny Dreadful.”
The Broadway legend, who guest starred as Joan Clayton (aka the Cut-Wife) in the sophomore season of Showtime’s Victorian England-set horror series, is back for season 3 as a series regular. She’ll also be playing a new role: Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Eva Green’s bewitching Vanessa Ives with an unconventional new approach.
The third season, which returns in 2016 with nine episodes, will also be adding another familiar name to the list of literary characters who appear on the show. Shazad Latif (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) will play an interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Henry Jekyll.
“Penny Dreadful” has also added Wes Studi as a series regular. The “Hell on Wheels” and “Red Road” alum plays Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett). He also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton).
Guest stars also include Christian Camargo as Dr. Alexander Sweet, a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa; Sam Barnett as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; and Jessica Barden as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney).
“Penny Dreadful” is created, written and executive produced by John Logan and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, both of Neal Street Productions. It is a co-production of Showtime and Sky.
On the subject of the lead character Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green, Logan was unequivocal.
“To me, Penny Dreadful is a dance with Eva Green. Vanessa Ives is my muse, no question about it. She is a good metaphor for me coming to accept ‘the beast in me’.
“As soon as I get on set, I speak to Eva, and we go over all the scenes in detail.”
Read the rest of Mr. Logan’s masterclass coverage HERE.
By Vatsala Chhibber
There’s a dreamlike quality about Eva Green. Her stunning dark looks and impenetrable smoky eyes appear almost unreal, belonging in a whimsical fairy tale, or a Tim Burton set. Her on-screen characters only elevate the intrigue, from James Bond’s wayward lover in Casino Royale (2006) to a creepy clairvoyant on TV’s favourite horror-drama,Penny Dreadful. In Green’s make-believe world she’s always confident, alluring and not without an evil streak. “But I wouldn’t call myself self-confident in real life,” she admits. “It’s always been a fantasy for me to play powerful women — with some cracks in their personality — because I am not like that.” And though she’s found firm footing as Hollywood’s go-to femme fatale, she’s not entirely thrilled about it. “I don’t like being put in a box,” she says. “I’m many things.” Here, she gives us a glimpse of some of those things, as well as her inner demons, her beauty rituals and the big, bad Hollywood beast.
On inhabiting Tim Burton’s universe
“He’s like a child; happy and easygoing with a passion that is contagious. In Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children [out next year], my character is like a dark Mary Poppins. It’s a beautiful story set in the ‘40s and all the other roles are played by children — this was my first time working with children, and that was a bit of a challenge. The movie is slightly bonkers, but in a poetic way.”
On her red-carpet ritual
“The last thing I do before stepping onto the red carpet is put on some perfume. I’ve been very faithful to this brand called Santa Maria Novella. They have a fragrance called Melograno that’s very simple, and very me.”
On being the new spokesperson for L’Oréal Professionnel
“My hair is thin, fragile and tortured every day. My hairdresser always uses L’Oréal Professionnel hair products. I tried their deep moisturising Pro Fiber treatment, which is magical, and their new Wet Domination by Tecni.ART styling range. I also love oils, both for the body and the hair. I use L’Oréal’s Mythic Oil twice a month — leaving it on overnight and shampooing the next morning.”
On surviving Hollywood
“It’s a tough business. As an actor you have to keep your vulnerability for your roles, and at the same time, you have to build an armour around yourself because there are so many… I have to find a polite word… arseholes. You have to have faith in yourself and remain strong. And, if you find that you’ve lost your passion one day, I think you should move on to something else.”
Penny Dreadful: Demimonde is a spellbinding puzzle and collectible card game for the living and the undead. Explore Victorian London with your favorite characters from Penny Dreadful on your phone or mobile tablet. This unique puzzle and collectible card game will allow you to:
- Explore: Complete puzzles and quests from each episode of the show.
- Collect: Assemble your own team of “dreadful” characters, Tarot cards, and artifacts
- Compete: Battle other players’ teams on different battlefields
Additionally, our friends at Midverse Studios who are making the game are welcoming beta players to test out the game before anyone else. If you wish to sign up, just visit their website. They would also be giving away a Reeve Carney signed poster to one lucky beta user!
Penny Dreadful: Demimonde will be available via the App Store and on Android devices through Google Play. The game will also be released at a later date on Facebook and will also be available on Amazon Kindle.
– Magazines & Newspapers > 2015 > Mujer Hoy (Spain) – July 25, 2015
– Magazines & Newspapers > 2015 > Glamour (Spain) – June 2015
Mujer Hoy seems to think that Algeria and Nigeria are the same country… Come on, folks! In this day and age, journalists can do a little research with the help of the Internet before posting n’importe quoi… The fine people from those two diverse and culturally rich countries would appreciate it. And so would be, Eva Green fans.
Eva talks about her shyness, being cast as Isabelle in The Dreamers, how it didn’t work out between her and von Trier and why she didn’t star in The Antichrist, dying her hair as a teen, and L’Oréal.
She’s got dark hair and mesmerizing blue eyes: Eva Green know how to captivate an audience, whether she’s playing a Bond girl, a dark Tim Burton character, or a very gloomy Vanessa Ives on Penny Dreadful. There’s a sense of mystery to her beauty, an essence I try to decode in this candid chat with L’Oréal Professionnel’s new international spokesperson.
1) How important is hair to an overall look?
Everything. I mean, skin of course is important, but a hair do can define who you are and what you look like. For me, as an actor… it’s major. It defines the character. It helps you define the role. In everyday life I’m terrible with my hair. I can’t do anything, so I let it down. It’s very straight, so a side-parting is all. If you go to the hairdresser, it makes you feel confident. Good hair makes you feel confident.
2) How does it feel to represent a brand like L’Oréal Professionnel?
It’s such a cool, iconic brand. Since I was very little I’ve seen L’Oréal Professionnel products at hair salons. It’s quite a weird feeling, but I’m happy that I’m now on board!
3) Could you describe you style in one word?
(I’ve got to say, I’ve never received an answer like that before and it just goes to show how versatile the actress really is.)
4) Why did you choose to go from being blonde to black at a young age?
I wasn’t exactly blonde. I was in the middle and I don’t like being in the middle. I feel like my mom had dark hair, pale skin, and blue eyes, so I thought let’s try that. I didn’t tell my mother. I went to the hairdresser when I was 15 and dyed my hair. It was a strong statement.
5) What is your favorite feature?
Oh god, I don’t know. My hands.
5) Three beauty essentials that you always have in your bag?
Contact lenses, because I’m completely blind, a fragrance (Santa Maria Novella), and red lipstick.
6) Have you ever been to India?
My god, no! It’s my dream to go there. I was in Sri Lanka last year, but I couldn’t make it to India.
7) Is there something you’d like to do when you’re here?
I need 3 months to explore your country. But yeah, I want to go to Rajasthan. There’s so many places… it’s another world: the spices, the colors. It’s a whole other world. It’s magical.
8) What is your favorite red carpet hair do?
I would say the safest for me would be side-parting and hair on one side. It’s always a safe option.
Eva leaves us wanting more! We’re excited to see what she and L’Oréal Professionnel are going to do together.
Miss Malini’s Audio interview with Eva:
By Deanna Barnert
Penny Dreadful star Eva Green reveals her favorite fascinations
I don’t have a purse; I have a Tumi backpack.
Essential jewelry piece:
A vintage spider brooch from the 1920s that I bought on Portobello Road in London. It’s a good-luck thing.
Best beauty product:
MAC red lipstick. Avène, the French skin-care brand, is very good. Shu Uemura for hair.
Santa Maria Novella eau de cologne.