Daughter of retired French actress and children’s book author Marlène Jobert.
Daughter of dentist and one time actor Walter Green.
Has a non-identical twin sister named Joy.
Is four minutes older than her twin sister Joy. She has her name because she was born first, in reference to “Eve”, the world’s first woman.
Joy is very blonde with brown eyes.
Likes to say that Joy is more terrestrial and she is more lunar.
Fraternal twin sister Joy studied business while she went to theatre school and pursued acting.
Twin sister Joy married an Italian count in September 2006. She lives in Italy with her husband and two sons and breeds horses.
Her last name doesn’t mean green (the colour), which is “grön” in Swedish. Instead, her name comes from the Swedish word “gren”, which means (tree) branch.
Her last name isn’t derived from an English name and is pronounced as “grain” or “Greyne”.
Her father Walter is of Swedish descent but raised in France. He acted in Robert Bresson’s film Au hazard Balthazar (1966) wherein he played the role of Jacques. It was his first and only on-screen appearance as his interest wasn’t in acting. He eventually pursued a career in medicine and became a professional and licensed dentist.
Despite her father being Swedish, she does not speak Swedish. She only knows a few words.
Niece of actress Marika Green. Marika is married to Austrian Cinematographer Christian Berger.
Cousin of French singer/actress/photographer Elsa Lunghini. Elsa is the daughter of actor/photographer/song writer George Lunghini and painter Christiane Jobert. Christiane is the sister of Eva’s mother Marlène.
Cousin of Paris born and Montreal raised singer/actress Joséphine Jobert. Joséphine is the daughter of photographer/musician/writer/actress Véronique Mucret Rouveyrollis and cinematographer Charles Jobert. Charles is the brother of Eva’s mother Marlène.
Great-granddaughter of Mia Green, a photojournalism pioneer in Sweden at the end of 19th Century. Mia was the first female reporter in her native country during World War I.
Her grandfather Lennart Green was a prolific photographer who first worked in Sweden and Germany. It was in post-war Paris, the Paris of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the French New Wave, that he constructed a significant body of work through photographing the greatest celebrities of the time in the worlds of literature, cinema and music.
When she and Joy were growing up, Marlène would take the twins to the family’s country house estate outside of Paris every weekend to avoid the city’s pollution.
She grew up in a comfortable background in the 17th Arrondissement of Paris. She describes her upbringing as “bourgeois but quite relaxed”.
She had the same nanny as French actress Laura Smet (daughter of actress Nathalie Baye and rocker/actor Johnny Hallyday) when she was little. She says that she can’t say they’re friends but Laura is someone that she admires a lot. She thinks Laura is strong and that she handles the fact that she has two parents always in the media very well. She thinks Laura is talented and also a natural at what she does.
She and her twin sister Joy weren’t allowed sugar until the age of 10. Being that their father Walter is a dentist, their diet mainly consisted of sardines and vegetable snacks instead of biscuits.
When she was growing up, she wanted to be an Egyptologist. It started with a visit to the Louvre. For two or three years she even tried to learn hieroglyphics. She never wanted to admit to herself that she wanted to be an actress.
Described herself as a very good student who worked during the weekends, so she never went out and enjoyed life when she was a teenager. She was very focused and obsessed with getting good grades.
Throughout her childhood, she left Paris to spend summer holidays as an exchange student in the USA, United Kingdom and Ireland. In the USA, she stayed in Smithtown, Long Island, New York. The main purpose was to polish her English.
Attended the American school in Paris when she was about 17.
For her graduation ‘mock’ audition, she performed a part from August Strindberg’s Miss Julie.
When her mother first found out that Eva wanted to be an actress, she was very scared for her due to her sensitive personality. Despite her worries, Marlène is very supportive of her daughter’s chosen profession.
Due to her shyness, she decided that she wanted to become an actress. For her, it was a way of getting rid of all her “demons” and to be able to hide herself. She sees acting as a way to express herself and to become someone else.
Before debuting on the big screen in The Dreamers (2003), Eva was in two professional plays: Jalousie en Trois Fax (2001) and Turcaret (2002).
Jalousie en Trois Fax (2001) earned her a nomination for Les Molières (France’s most important theatre award) for the category Révélation Théâtrale Féminine (Best Female Newcomer) for her role of Iris in the play. Unfortunately, she lost to Rachida Brakni (Ruy Blas). Other nominees in the category are Françoise Gillard (Le Mal Court), Hélène Seuzaret (Plus Vraie que Nature) and Agnès Sourdillon (L’Ecole des Femmes).
In one performance, she forgot some of her lines in Turcaret. She still have nightmares about it.
Her first cinematic appearance is in Michael Haneke’s La Pianiste (The Piano Teacher) where she has a small cameo as Walter Klemmer’s (Benoît Magimel) girlfriend. She did not have any lines and it’s a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” part.
Auditioned and got the role of Isabelle in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2003) while touring with her play Turcaret.
Lives in Primrose Hill, London, UK and shares her time between England and Paris.
Her London home at Primrose Hill is her first apartment. She admits that she made a lot of mistakes while decorating it. At first, she bought huge pieces of furniture that one could use to decorate a castle! But then, she sold them and decided to rethink the decoration. Now, everything is fine. The walls are blue. There is Moroccan tapestry and Mexican religious paintings.
Confessed that she loves living in London because of all the green, the parks and the restaurants which she thinks are better than the ones in Paris.
Her main home base is London but when she goes to Paris, she sleeps in her teenage bedroom at her parents’ apartment.
Known to be very shy and reserved in real life.
Says she’s most shy when she’s on a red carpet and on TV.
Does not like shopping and says that she only shops once or twice a year.
She doesn’t like sexy outfits.
She smokes. Her cigarette of choice are Vogue cigarettes.
Her favorite color is black.
She loves walking in Paris, thinking and going to the movies and museums.
Natural hair color is dark blond. She always dyes it as she feels she’s more like herself as a brunette. She has the impression that it expresses her “violence” better.
Owns a Scottish Border Terrier dog named Griffin. She calls him her “husband”. Griffin currently lives with her twin sister Joy as Eva cannot bring him with her when she travels for work commitments.
Despite admitting that she’s lazy and would need motivation to exercise, Eva is an avid runner. She makes it a point to run in the morning in order to recenter her mind and body.
She owns a piano in her London flat where she plays some pieces to relax and sometimes to compose music.
Whenever she prepares for her roles, she listens to soundtracks or classical music. She finds that music is an avenue on finding and enriching her characters.
She likes to listen to classical music. Gustav Mahler and Frédéric Chopin are some of her favorite classical music composers.
She likes the music of Ani DiFranco, Blur, Patti Smith, Tom Waits and The National.
Mme St Paul (from the Eva St Paul School) still serves as her mentor. She still consults her for “reassurance” about all her roles. Her mother Marlène also helps her a lot. In fact, she thinks it’s very hard to work alone and appreciates the concept of guidance and collaboration. She needs a point of view from the outside and says that Mme St Paul and her mother complete each other. They give her confidence.
Her mother Marlène helps her by reading her dialogues with her while the exercise helps Marlène with her English.
Hates auditioning for movie roles. According to her, she tends to freak out because she thinks she won’t measure up, that she’ll be bland, have no idea what the director wants and that whatever she prepared will not work.
Has stated that she likes directors who have a world of their own.
Lars von Trier, David Lynch and David Fincher are some of her favorite directors because they make “dark movies”.
Often mentioned in the past that she dreamed to work with Tim Burton because he’s one of her favourite directors. Burton has directed her twice: Dark Shadows (2012) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016).
She would like to work with Stephen Daldry, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Jeff Nichols, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Jane Campion.
Jacques Audiard, The Dardenne Brothers and Olivier Assayas are some of the French directors she would like to work with.
She was a longtime fan of director Wong Kar-Wai prior to working together on her Dior Midnight Poison campaign.
Has stated that she feels intimidated playing an actual living person as she is afraid of not doing them justice. Among historical personalities, her dream is to play Joan of Arc, Mata Hari, Diane Arbus and Virginia Woolf.
Her dream role is to play a serial killer or some variety of a crazy woman.
One of her dreams is to star in a new version of My Fair Lady (1964). She already took singing lessons.
Should she decide to go back on stage, she would love to play Lady Macbeth or Cleopatra.
She would like to do a dark comedy film with a really good script.
Likes film noirs in which women are femmes fatales. She loves film noirs featuring Old Hollywood actresses Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich. She likes the aura of mystery that they exude.
Of the older leading French actresses, she loves Jeanne Moreau (“She’s very ambiguous”). Isabelle Adjani is her all-time favourite actress and is highly instrumental in her decision to be an actress. She also likes Isabelle Huppert (for her strength) and Juliette Binoche. Of her French contemporaries, she likes Marion Cotillard a lot and would love to work with her.
Among her non-French contemporaries, she admires Cate Blanchett, Samantha Morton, Julianne Moore, Helena Bonham Carter and Keri Russell.
Has stated that Jack Nicholson is her favourite actor and was highly influential in her decision to be an actress. She finds that Nicholson plays his villain characters with jubilation. She thinks it’s the key to being an effective villain.
Edward Norton, her Kingdom of Heaven (2005) co-star, is one of her favorite actors.
Her cult movie is Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers (1972).
Her favorite movie heroine is Adèle H., performed by Isabelle Adjani in François Truffaut’s PS: L’Histoire d’Adèle H. aka The Story of Adele H. (1975).
She admits to being very picky when it comes to accepting new roles. According to her, she has to be in love with the character and script for her to fully commit.
Describes her work method to be very cerebral. She likes to know everything about the character she’s going to play. She is also notorious for her preference to prepare for her roles in advance.
Auditioned for a role in Roman Coppola’s Barbarella-style fantasy “CQ” (2001). She wasn’t picked but the same Casting Director who rejected her called her back a year later to do a reading for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2003) which would eventually be her first cinematic starring role.
Is superstitious. When it comes to auditioning, she has her good luck and bad luck clothes. For castings, she wears a black t-shirt with long sleeves and a v-neck as her good luck clothes. She considers her crepe black top as her bad luck piece of clothing because she wore it twice to an audition and she both failed to get the role she was auditioning for.
Is a vegetarian.
Is myopic (nearsighted).
Is 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) tall according to CelebHeights.com.
Her favorite photographer is Ellen von Unwerth because with her, models play a character, always glamorous and sensual, with lots of make-up. For Eva, it’s like a game to pose for her.
Dislikes talking about her private life, especially her love life.
Her first Hollywood crush was Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet (1996). She’s still a big fan of his and stated that she was very thrilled for his well-deserved Oscar when DiCaprio finally won for The Revenant (2015).
Was in a relationship with French actor Yann Claassen, who was ten years her senior and whom she dated for over four years.
Was in a relationship with Kiwi actor Marton Csokas between 2005-2009. They met while shooting Kingdom of Heaven (2005) in which he played Guy de Lusignan, husband to Eva’s character Sibylla.
If she had a favorite type of men, it would be more like Liam Neeson or Jeff Bridges instead of Orlando Bloom.
Thinks that a perfect man is the one who is able to understand and listen to a woman.
The first thing she’s attracted to in a man is his voice.
Thinks that the worst thing a man can do while trying to seduce her is to make her drink. She likes wine with moderation but otherwise, she gets sick quite easily.
Her first three films were all period films: The Dreamers (2003), set against the backdrop of the May 1968 Paris student riots, Arsène Lupin (2004), set in 19th Century France and Kingdom of Heaven (2005), set during the Crusades which took place between the 11th and 15th Centuries.
Was told by Kingdom of Heaven (2005) director Ridley Scott that she has an old soul and that she is going to be a great actress.
Is a huge Cate Blanchett fan. She considers Blanchett as her glamour icon.
Her favorite designers are the two Gs: John Galliano and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Her top three favorite cities are Paris, London and Berlin.
When she’s in Paris, she likes to go to Porte de Clignancourt to look for old furniture and paintings.
When she’s not working, her favorite moment during the day is around 6pm. She has more time for herself and people stops calling her about work.
She loves to sleep. She sleeps at least 8 hours every night. When not shooting or on location or traveling for work, she wakes up at 7:30am, otherwise she feels guilty.
Says she is many things: she can be quite mad and young but she’s not the kind of person who goes out to nightclubs and goes crazy. She is more about lying on her bed and listening to classical music to relax.
Is a DVD fan. She loves all the bonus features. She enjoys watching the interviews and loves to see how the actors behave behind the scenes.
Is scared of heights.
Her adolescence icon was Nina Hagen, especially for her way of wearing make-up. She has always liked to play with her looks, to disguise herself and to pretend to be different characters.
Her two favourite restaurant is St John Bar and Restaurant in London.
Her favorite food are pistou (a classic French sauce made by pounding together basil, garlic, oil and sometimes cheese), pasta, foie gras, truffles.
Says that she’s a “negative narcissistic”. She doesn’t have enough confidence in herself. She constantly worries about other people’s opinion.
One of her trademarks are her beloved black boots.
Her favorite painters are Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
Even though her father Walter was born in Sweden, she had never been to his native country until she went there to promote Casino Royale in October 2006.
On February 11th 2007, she won the Orange BAFTA Rising Star Award, which was voted by the public. She beat out Emily Blunt, Naomie Harris, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw. Harris and Whishaw would eventually be part of the Bond franchise as Moneypenny and Q respectively.
Her dream is to live in a castle surrounded by dogs.
She’s a very fine pianist but did not write music for The Dreamers (2003). That was a rumour that somehow has been repeated many times. She has composed music on her own but has no plans to score a movie.
Confessed that she spends a fortune on expensive make-up when she’s in a duty free shop.
The most treasured item in her wardrobe is her black velvet Jean Paul Gaultier jacket.
Her favourite item of jewelry is a stunning men’s watch from Montblanc.
She collects religious icons but not necessarily expensive ones. She picks them up in markets.
Her favourite party outfit is a red velvet Alexander McQueen that she wore for the premiere after party of Casino Royale (2006).
Her favourite flea market is Les Puces de Saint Ouen in Porte de Clignancourt, Paris. She loves the jovial atmosphere and seeing people crowd around the stalls hoping to find a bargain.
She never travels without her contact lenses/eyeglasses and a good book.
She doesn’t like seeing herself on the big screen. According to her, the problem is her voice. She has the impression that she’s acting and that everyone can see it. She only sees her films once or twice because she gets sick. In fact, she doesn’t know why it makes her so uncomfortable.
Has no idea what she would be doing had she not been an actress but perhaps, she might be an English teacher.
She’s afraid of getting old and losing everyone that she loves. She’s afraid they’ll die.
Television shows that she enjoys watching are Girls, True Detective and The Americans.
Is known to break things by accident. She broke her BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award trophy just minutes after winning it. Penny Dreadful (2014-2016) creator John Logan also notes that she often broke props on the set.
The first concert that she went to was a Blur concert in Paris when she was 14 years old. Her favourite band member is Alex James.
Her first ever magazine cover is with Paris Match (France) on August 29, 1980 at almost 2 months old (55 days old to be exact). The magazine cover also features her mother Marlène and her twin sister Joy.
Is known to be pretty funny in person among family, friends and colleagues. Her trademark humour is very dark and very tongue-in-cheek.
Thinks that the biggest misconception about her is that she is a Goth.
She prefers that people tell her she’s a good actress rather than she is beautiful.
Has often been replaced by fellow actress Diane Kruger on projects that she passes on. Eva rejected the roles of ‘Anna’ in “Mr. Nobody” (2009), ‘Marie Antoinette’ in “Farewell, My Queen” (2012) and ‘The Seeker’ in “The Host” (2013). All three roles were eventually given to and played by Diane Kruger.
Tried to drink “The Vesper Martini” one time that she was in New York City. She thought that it was very strong.
Buys a lot of cookbooks but she does not cook. In fact, she describes herself to be a terrible cook.
Asked what she will be if she were an animal, she says that she will be “a bird that flies long distances, very high and probably alone”.
Dislikes wearing heels. She sees them as a “prison” and a masculine ideal.
Was at one point attached to star in Jean-Paul Salomé’s Les Femmes de L’Ombre (2008) which is set in 1944 featuring a woman assigned by her Lieutenant brother to convince three other women to form a five-woman task force under his command to rescue a British geologist from a German hospital in the French countryside. She never took part in the film beyond being attached. Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Marie Gillain and Déborah François eventually starred in the film. Jean-Paul Salomé directed her in Arsène Lupin (2004).
Her skin is very sensitive that her doctor advised her to put sun cream even when she’s inside.
When she was about 10 years old, she wrote her first and only fan letter to Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) director Jean-Paul Rappeneau. She loved the film a lot that she decided to write the director a fan letter.
Asked which hotel she would be if she is one, she said she would be The L’Hôtel in Paris and that Oscar Wilde would die in her arms.
Her aunt Marika Green co-starred with her mother Marlène Jobert in René Clément’s Rider on the Rain (1970).
She decided to color her hair dark after being inspired by her mother’s Yugoslavian friend who had very dark hair and light-colored eyes like her.
When asked about conquering her fears, she stated that using an iPhone is the one fear that she has conquered while she list appearing on live television shows as the one fear she has yet to conquer.
Is endlessly curious about Gorillas and has zero interest in reality television shows.
Is very passionate towards environmental causes, especially on the subject of destruction of the environment by agribusinesses.
Is a major skeptic of pharmaceutical drugs.
Considers driving as one skill she still can’t quite get the hang of.
Considers goat cheese as one thing she can’t get enough of.
Loves to eat fancy and said that she would pay good money for a spectacular dinner.
Loves eating out and trying out different kinds of cuisine. In all the cities she goes to, she pays attention to the good restaurants and where to buy wine.
Still constantly wears her trademark silver skull ring that she’s had ever since she was a teenager.
She doesn’t get the appeal of permed hair.
Her favorite part of her body are her hands.
One of her dream is to go to India and visit Rajasthan. She thinks she’ll need three months to explore the country which she sees as magical and a whole other world in its own.
Considers her vintage spider brooch from the 1920s that she bought in Portobello Road in London as her essential good luck piece of jewelry.
Whenever she is in New York City, she always visits The Evolution Store in SoHo. The museum-style shop features and sells science and natural history related collectibles, gifts and furnishings. She is a fan of their skull, insect and taxidermy collections.
Loves going to Selfridges during her days off and browse around the furniture department.
Her favorite tale written by her mother is “Le petit garçon qui mordait les chiens” which is a comedic children’s book about a bad kid who likes to bite dogs.
Nightclubbing is one activity that she’s not up to do.
Does not have the habit of reviewing the take she just shot as soon as the scene is over. The reason for this is because she dislikes watching herself.
If the pressure ever came for her to move to America, she has stated that she’ll move to New York rather than California, but even then, she suspects it would be impossible as her mother Marlène Jobert, who lives in Paris, would be too far away from her.
Her favorite holiday memory are her childhood trips to Brittany, France. The Green family would stay in a friend’s chateau by the sea wherein they would go fishing for cockles (clams) and put on shows. Eva thought it was very magical and she felt like she was living in a fairytale.
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