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.”
DISCLAIMER: This video was modified due to sensitive scenes.
By Sydney Bucksbaum
Can Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) ever really live a normal life on Penny Dreadful?
Or more importantly, does she even want to live a normal life?
All throughout season one of the hit Showtime drama, Vanessa was driven by her inner demons, and sometimes, she even liked the way they made her feel. They “empowered” her in a way, despite all the troubles they brought to her life.
When Showtime’s horror series returns for season two, Vanessa is going to have to make a choice about her demons: exorcise them or learn to live with them for good.
We’ve got your exclusive first look at the journey Vanessa is going to take in season two. Watch the new clip above, with commentary from Green herself!
Green also revealed that in season two of Penny Dreadful, the relationship between Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and Vanessa “is going to be very much explored.”
“They’re going to get closer,” Green said. “It’s a very beautiful relationship.”
While season two doesn’t have a premiere date scheduled yet, it is set to air in 2015.
By Sarah Michaud
“I love the one where I’m on the moon,” Eva Green remarks as she flips through her Campari calendar images with PEOPLE. “The astronaut outfit and the hairdo is really cool. And the Negroni shot, where I’m in a Vivienne Westwood courtesan outfit, has such a laid-back, romantic mood.”
The Penny Dreadful star, 34, is the face of the liqueur’s 2015 calendar, shot by Julia Fullerton-Batten and celebrating the stories behind the brand’s classic cocktails. With only 9,999 copies printed each year, the calendar never goes on sale but is instead distributed to friends of Campari.
“It’s such an iconic brand and very artistic,” Green tells PEOPLE of her decision to do the shoot. “I remember the pictures with Penélope Cruz – they were quite beautiful.”
Here are five things we learned about the former Bond girl (R.I.P. Vesper Lynd) while in London last week for the launch.
1. She’s a bit of an introvert.
“I’m so boring,” Green tells PEOPLE with a laugh. “I’m such a homebody. I’m not into going to parties because I never really feel comfortable. I’m a bear who lives in a cave.”
2. She has a (fraternal) twin sister.
“My sister Joy isn’t identical so it’s not as fun [as it could be]. If she looked like me … if I was really bad at math, she could go and take the test for me,” the Sin City star jokes. “Our lives are very different. She has two children, lives in Italy and has the perfect life.”
3. She’s currently hooked on True Detective.
“I’m a big fan,” says Green, although she admits that she isn’t completely clear on the “time is a flat circle” concept. “I don’t understand every single thing Rust says but I know what’s going on – the main points! I’m in awe of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – I think they’re just so fabulous, a great couple.”
4. Her favorite vacation spot? South Africa.
“I went on safari through Kruger National Park, down there at the end of the world. It was just the most magical place – nature, animals,” she explains. “The silence … it’s like you’re waiting for a dinosaur to show up. It’s just the best thing ever.”
5. Her costars are as charming as they are cute.
“I love Harry Treadaway. He’s such a pure, innocent soul and I adore him. Josh Hartnett is so nice and also very cool,” says Green of Penny Dreadful‘s main men. “Timothy Dalton is fabulous. He’s a bit of a father figure as well – he gives me advice in real life.”
“Sexy Vamp makes me angry“
Actress Eva Green (34) talks in an interview lasting 20 minutes about her qualities as a housewife, her true self and her reputation as a sexy Vamp.
Eva Green, you are often reduced to the dark, sexy Vamp. How do you explain that?
Because people have not seen all my movies. If you pigeonhole me, it makes me always a bit angry.
What movie should I watch to know the real Eva Green?
The real me I keep to myself. But in the movie “Womb” by Benedek Fliegauf I am playing a shy girl. This is being pretty close to me. But even strong women, being crazy, I like to play. The main thing is, that the characters are not one-dimensional.
You are the face of the Campari calendar 2015 with the title “Mythology Mixology“. What is so mythical about cocktails?
The Campari brand, existing over a hundred years, is absolutely timeless. This makes the mythical aura that surrounds the product.
Do you like to go out into bars?
Yes, sometimes I do. But only on special occasions.
The Sin City actress said there are not enough acting roles for women.
The shots of the Campari Calendar 2015 were taken by Julia Fullerton-Batten, famous art photographer, acclaimed worldwide and first woman to head the Campari Calendar project. Its distinctive feature, which is characterized by the use of light and of highly creative environments, helps to tell these stories and to visually capture a hint of timelessness, the fil rouge of Mythology Mixology this year. Thanks to a perfect combination of insightful vision and a distinctive approach, Julia gives life to every special history behind the classic cocktails Campari so contemporary and artistic.Here is Style Fashion’s exclusive interview:
What can you tell us of your experience on the shooting of the Campari Calendar 2015?
The theme of the Campari Calendar 2015 is Mythology Mixology. And merges visually the brand’s history and the story behind the most famous cocktail of Campari in monthly cameos. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to take the calendar with Eva Green stars and star. Bearing in mind that this is the 16th Edition of the Campari Calendar, are particularly proud of the fact that I am the first woman to photograph one of their iconic calendars. The shots were very similar to what I imagine to be a film set: full of people, exciting and very energetic! At one point we were able to count 71 people on set, all in the same time-the creative team, set designers, make-up artist, my team of assistants, etc. and, of course, two women at the center of the set. Everyone has created something. We worked a lot and often until late in the evening. We were a great team and we can be happy, proud and satisfied that everything has worked out so well. “
What was it like to work alongside Eva Green? You have shared funny experiences together?
I didn’t know who would have been the Muse until they are selected as a photographer. When I found out who it was I was absolutely delighted! When I first met Eva on the set just before the start of the shots I hit for his professionalism and patience, made the dress rehearsal of clothes for more than 4 hours. Eva is a pleasantly youthful person and it is very easy to get along. She has the ability to do facial expressions that made everyone laugh. On the set I ran once in a while, but in many cases the wondered of directing herself. I thought it was perfect for this project because we didn’t want to just tell the story of Campari, but also its placement in our contemporary society – this is what manages to capture Eva, is a timeless beauty that is both classical and modern. Among the funny anecdotes, there was a time when it is directed at the bar and playfully took a siphon and carbonated water sprayed all over the set.
There is a trick to capture the true essence of a woman?
There must be a personal bond between photographer and subject, in order to bring out his inner personality, his character and his aura. This requires an element of intimacy between the two. When I met Eva and we look into my eyes I felt that this connection was established and we would have had a good result, and that’s what happened.
By Olivia Ebeling
She’s dazzled us as charismatic and mysterious Bond girl Vesper Lind in Casino Royale and is currently showing her edge in the latest Sin City instalment – but yesterday Eva Green took on another iconic role as the face of the 2015 Campari Calendar.
Following in the footsteps of Hollywood beauties including Penelope Cruz and Jessica Alba, the French actress breathed life into this year’s Mythology Mixology theme, which highlights 12 iconic Campari cocktails including the legendary Negroni and pack-a-punch Old Pal concoctions.
Shot by celebrated fine art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten, each month represents a different era and recipe from the brand’s 150-year history.
Glam was thrilled to attend a the official launch event of the rare publication in London, where we heavily girl-crushed on Eva as she talked to us about becoming a Campari Heroine, overcoming her shyness in front of the camera and life in London…
What was it like to work with such an iconic brand?
Campari is such a classic and my mum has always been a huge fan, so it was nostalgic for me. She would have a Negroni cocktail in the afternoon – in France we called it the ‘Madeleine de Proust’ – and it always reminds me of her.
When was the last time a stranger bought you a cocktail?
It has never happened, actually!
Was it challenging to embrace a different era for each month?
We had an amazing team: the best hair and make-up artists and Julia is so talented. I looked up her work online and I saw all these kind of weird but beautiful photographs of women that were half animal, half human, in the woods, so it was very brave of Campari to pick her. She’s very cool and created a great atmosphere on the set.
Do you have a favourite picture?
They are all so cool because you have some that are very feminine and others that are more androgynous. I love the January image actually, where I’m wearing the strapless Vivienne Westwood gown. I’m a French courtesan and the shot is very romantic. I also love the astronaut outfit because it’s really boyish and cool. I’m going to have that framed for my flat.
All the outfits are bespoke. Did you get to keep them?
Hmm… Let me have a word with Campari about that!
As an actress, do you find it more challenging to pose for a shoot like this?
It’s different. And while I played several different characters, it was fun and I didn’t have to do lots of homework or learn any lines. A holiday! And the team was so passionate and joyful, there was no pressure – which is very rare for a commercial.
Were there any shots that were difficult to pose? On the horse, for example?
Oh, he was very old and very nice. But Julia was worried about me because I had fallen off a horse a while ago and every time the flash went off the horse made a little movement. But he was lovely.
Which image did you have the most fun shooting?
I loved the boxing!
You have been quoted as saying you don’t like posing for pictures as ‘yourself’. Is that true?
Yeah… I mean, I’m quite shy, so sometimes during photo shoots I hate doing frontal shots with a big smile. I just want to be myself and be free… playing characters, wearing beautiful costumes. I love strong make-up as well, it’s kind of an armour.
You said you are quite shy. How do you cope with your racier scenes?
It’s weird, but I concentrate so much on the character and I’m so passionate about the story, I kind of become numb. And I’ve never done something that is gratuitous, that’s not important for the character, so I kind of forget I’m naked. Not that I enjoy being naked! It’s a weird joband sometimes I still don’t understand how I’m doing it – when I was in school I couldn’t even speak in front of people, and here I am!
Have you stopped getting nervous?
I’m always nervous, but I have become more confident.
You live in London. Where do you like to go when you have a day off?
Oh, I don’t know. It’s quite boring, actually! I love walking in the parks and going to restaurants… I love St Johns, that’s my favourite restaurant! But I’m not a party girl, I’m more like an old lady and enjoy spending time at home.
Would you ever move to Los Angeles to be near Hollywood?
I think I’d die there! I can’t drive, you know…
Are we likely to see you on the stage in London?
I would love to – in a small theatre! But I haven’t been sent many scripts for stage productions. It’s quite scary going on stage, but what makes it so amazing is that you feel the electricity in the audience. It’s immediate and magical… and bloody scary!
Source: UK Glam
Eva Green is like an “old lady”.
The 34-year-old actress has lived in London for several years but doesn’t have many recommendations on cool clubs and bars because she doesn’t go out drinking very much.
She said: “I’m quite boring actually, I love London because of the parks, I love walking and nice restaurants – St John’s is my favorite restaurant ever.
“I’m not a party girl, I’m like an old lady so if I have an aperitif I have it at home.”
Despite her big screen work, the French beauty insists she has no desire to ever move to Hollywood – joking that she wouldn’t be able to cope as she can’t drive a car.
She said: “I’ve been living here [in London] for eight or nine years now. I think I’d die in Hollywood, I cant drive…”
And the ‘Penny Dreadful’ actress – who stars in the 2015 iconic Campari calendar, which is titled ‘Mythology Mixology’ – is keen to take on a stage role in London because she finds working in theater “magical”, though “scary”.
Speaking at the unveiling of the calendar in London, she said: “Would I go on stage? Yeah. I would love to. In a small theater, [something like] Ibsen, I would love that.
“It’s quite scary to be on stage, it’s another process. It’s scary but amazing because you feel the electricity with the audience. It’s immediate and magical. But scary.”
Source: Kingston Region
Anyone who follows Smells Like Fashion on facebook and instagram must have noticed the Campari craziness over the last few days. In case you didn’t know, well, I was honored to be the social media ambassador of the iconic brand in order to communicate the launch of the Campari Calendar, representing Greece. Among my duties was to attend a fantastic event in London and meet Eva Green, the face of the newest Calendar. And since so many things happened on Tuesday and Wednesday, I decided to share my Campari Story step by step; I am still so overwhelmed by everything I experienced over these 2 days that I don’t even know where to start from. Or maybe I do: my meeting with Eva Green.
Eva could be an ancient Greek in terms of beauty and magnificence; her role as Artemisia in the movie “300: Rise of an Empire” suits her well. Tall, elegant and aristocratic, she is exactly the type of woman I want to become one day – a perfect match with the idea of the Campari Woman described here. However, she is extremely shy; not exactly what you expect from a celebrity. Maybe that’s because Eva is not really a celebrity, she is an artist instead. She avoids scandals and she is mainly focused on her job. From my point of view, Eva Green doesn’t seem interested in becoming the talk of the town because of her love affairs or even her style; on the contrary, she wants to earn your respect based on her work. Besides, every person who collaborated with her for the creation of the Campari Calendar mentioned that “she was not a trouble maker, but a true professional instead“.
Alexia: The new Campari Calendar, entitled “Mythology Mixology”, is celebrating Campari’s unique and colorful history. If you had the opportunity to go back in time, which decade would you like to live in? You seem like a 20′s girl!
Eva: Oh yes, 20′s were great. 30′s and 40′s as well! Of course, each era has positive and negative aspects, for example the War back then was terrible. But in terms of fashion, it was better during these decades. These days, fashion is not as good.
A: Speaking of fashion, if you had the chance to keep just one of the dresses worn at the Campari Calendar, which would you choose?
E: The Alaia dress (August, cocktail Old Pal). It was my favorite.
Moreover, Eva admitted that the backstage of the photoshooting, which took place in Budapest, was her favorite moment of the whole Campari experience. It’s important for her to feel like home, she doesn’t really enjoy being the “puppet” of the photographer and wants to have a say in her pictures. The actress also mentioned that she dislikes being photographed as herself; instead, she enjoys playing roles during the photoshootings, so the Campari Calendar was the perfect deal for her. When asked about social media, she mentioned that she tries to avoid them because she doesn’t really enjoy seeing people obsessed with their smartphones and technology. Fair enough, right? As for her goals and future plans, she is already collaborating with Tim Burton for a new film, while she continues the second season of the TV series Penny Dreadful – she doesn’t know what the future may hold, but certainly wants to try new things, avoiding getting stuck into the “box of femme fatale”.
All in all, I believe Eva Green was the ideal choice for the 2015 Calendar of Campari. Her beauty is timeless, exactly like the brand itself. Eva seems like a true professional and is quite different from what we are used to, when thinking of celebrities. I truly hope she remains down to earth and I cannot wait for her new movies and series. Eva, in case you’re reading this, you made my Campari Story even better!
Photo credit and story to Alexia Sakellariou of Smells Like Fashion
Eva Green immerses herself so deeply into her characters that she forgets she’s naked when she has to shoot a nude scene.
Eva Green ”forgets” she is naked when shooting nude scenes.
The 34-year-old actress has appeared in a number of racy scenes in her films such as ‘The Dreamers’ and though she admits she isn’t usually comfortable baring all, she immerses herself so deeply into the characters she is playing, she doesn’t feel awkward stripping on camera.
She said: ”It’s kind of weird I get so much into the character and so passionate that I forget…
”If you’re talking about a nude scene I get numb in some way, I forget that I’m naked and I do not like being naked.”
However, the ‘Penny Dreadful’ star – who stars in the 2015 iconic Campari calendar, which is titled ‘Mythology Mixology‘ – insists she wouldn’t strip if she didn’t feel it necessary for the role.
She added: ”I never do them if they’re gratuitous.”
Eva admits she has a ”weird” job because she has never always been confident speaking in front of other people.
Speaking at the launch of the Campari calendar, she said: ”It’s a weird job when I was at school I would never speak in front of people and here I am now. I always get nervous. I’m a tiny bit more confident now maybe.”
By Rebecca Cope
French actress is Campari’s scarlet woman across the ages for Mythology Mixology calendar
French actress Eva Green is Campari’s 2015 calendar girl, joining an illustrious list of former models including Uma Thurman, Penelope Cruz and Eva Mendes.
Titled Mythology Mixology, the 2015 edition celebrates Campari’s fabled history and the invention of some of its most popular cocktails, from the classic Negroni, created by Count Negroni himself in 1919, to the modern Campari Orange Passion, an update of the classic Campari Orange, with Green bringing to life a different story for every month.
“God knows why they chose me!” jokes Green on her casting. “I was very flattered. I guess it is because people like labelling me as a dark femme fatale. What I liked here though is that every month was a different character. I got to play lots of characters without doing any homework, no learning lines, no research.”
Shot by Julia Fullerton-Batten, 2015 marks the first in its 16-year run that the calendar has been shot by a woman – although Green herself is swift to point out that Julia’s gender has nothing to do with the quality of her work.
“To me, at the end of the day, woman or man, all that matters is if the person is talented,” she observes astutely. “And Julia is!”
Green herself was also extremely involved in the creative process, bringing her own team of stylists and make-up artists with her for the project.
“It was very important to me to not be treated like a model or a puppet – it was a real collaboration between my team and Campari,” she explains. “We had such an amazing team – it was a real joy to be on set.”
Although not strictly a fashion calendar per say, fashion does play a role, with the 34-year-old sizzling in Vivienne Westwood, Versace and Alaia, not to mention numerous custom-made gowns. So is Green interested in fashion herself?
“I love Rick Owens, big time,” she says. “And Elie Saab… those dresses are just so magical. I heard also that John Galliano is going to work again, with Margiela, so I wish him luck with that one.”
The fact that the calendar is not for sale, but instead distributed to 9,999 friends of Campari, heightens its artistic value, something with Green is quick to mention. “I’m having the June Sputnik shot framed for my living room, it’s my favourite,” she says. “I loved the boyishness of the astronaut’s suit, especially in contrast to some of the girlishness of the other months.”
And is she allowed any for her family? “It’s quite funny because my mum has always been a big fan of Campari and would often have a Negroni in the afternoon,” she says, “So I’ve asked for a calendar for her.”
Source: Harpers Bazaar UK