She became a household name after playing Casino Royale‘s Bond girl in 2006, but now French-born actress Eva Green is courting both new audiences and controversy as she takes on her biggest role yet. Playing femme fatale Ava Lord in the upcoming Sin City sequel, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, Green’s teaser poster and trailer was banned in America earlier this month after it was deemed “too sexy” for the nation’s audiences. As the star gears up for her vixen to be unleashed on screen, she talks to GQ about the films she watched to prep for the role, who she’d like to work with next, and why men should never, ever wear cologne…
GQ: What’s the most sinful thing you’ve ever done?
Eva Green: Woah. I can’t tell you [laughs]! I’m a good girl, I’m very wise and a good girl. I was very serious in school.
Do you think the Motion Picture Association of America was too harsh when it banned your ad?
I think so, I mean the film is very beautiful, it’s very artistic. It’s not vulgar at all, it’s actually very decent so I didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about but at least it’s publicity, people will hear about it I guess.
You said that when you were in drama school you “picked the really evil roles [as it’s] a great way to deal with your everyday emotions.” How did you get into character playing a violent, gold digging, vixen?
I watched a lot of film noir. Double Indemnity with Barbara Stanwyck, other films with Bette Davis. Ava Lord is a very extreme femme fatale, she’s really very jaded, she manipulates men, she feels empowered and smarter when she does it, she’s incredibly full-on – nothing is sacred. The main thing is to have fun with those kind of characters. She’s so free and corrupt, she’s just bonkers. It really was so fun to play.
The film features a lot of lingerie. What would be your advice to men buying their girlfriends lingerie as gifts?
I wear a lot of corsets in the movie and I think it’s very sexy, kind of retro and very classy, I think men should definitely buy those.
You know what, I don’t really like perfume. I know it’s not clothing but I prefer when men don’t wear it. I don’t like cologne. It’s as if they’re hiding something. I like perfume as it works on a woman, but on a man they lose something, their manliness. It’s less… animal.
Can you recommend a good book?
Yes. I recently read The Shadow of the Wind by the Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. It was a beautiful story and a great book to read on holiday. Very romantic.
Where would you recommend a friend to eat in London?
Definitely St. John’s Bread & Wine on Commercial Street in Shoreditch.
How did you find working on a green-screen stage forSin City 2: A Dame To Kill For?
At first you’re very overwhelmed but then you really get used to it. You know that Robert [Rodriguez, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For co-director] and Frank [Miller, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For co-director] are going to do amazing things post filming. To have real actors to act with is always the main thing when making a movie so that was fun and the atmosphere on set was really gentle, laid back and just incredibly fun.
You’ve called Ava “multidimensional”. Are there any sides of her character that you admire?
She’s very brave, if she wants something she’ll get it no matter who gets hurt. She’s obsessed with money and power. She doesn’t apologise about her behavior and in that sense sometimes I wish I could be a bit more like that. But she does take it to the extreme, because people die for her so I wouldn’t want that, but to have her power would sometimes be helpful.
You’ve said in the past you’d like to go back to the theatre as Hollywood is likely to typecast you as a femme fatale. Were you nervous then about playing the biggest femme fatale of the moment?
No. It depends what the role is, what the project is. With Sin City I didn’t even think twice about it. It’s so fun, she’s quite funny because she’s so extreme, it’s very pleasant to play someone like that. Of course, I don’t want to be typecast as a dark femme fatale my whole life but you know I play Penny Dreadful who is very different from Ava Lord, and I’m about to do another film with Tim Burton, whose character is also very different. I’m not typecast at the moment.
With a cast of beautiful women including Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Jamie Chung was there any female rivalry on set?
Well actually we didn’t meet. They were all finished when I arrived and I arrived last on board. But I met them separately for publicity and they’re lovely girls and they’re really not competitive at all. I just wish I had had some scenes with them. I only had scenes with men, all men [laughs].
Who would you most like to work with next?
There’s so many but I love Matthew McConaughey, I think he’s really intentioned and so interesting. I would also love to work with Marion Cotillard.
What’s next for you?
I’m about to start the second season of Penny Dreadful and then I’m going to start filming on Tim Burton’s new film in February, so I’m going to be busy.
Source: GQ (UK)
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Magazines & Newspapers > 2014 > Hello! (UK) – August 18, 2014
Eva Green likes wearing black because it takes away any wardrobe mishaps.
The 34-year-old actress enjoys dressing up as the characters she plays in movies like Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and 300: Rise of an Empire, plus it’s fun to don expensive things to promote her flicks. But while she’ll make an effort for the red carpet, out of the limelight it’s a different story altogether.
“I’m very casual and I like comfort, so I live in jeans and T-shirts. I like to wear black because I don’t have to think about it in the morning,” she told British magazine Hello! “I’m not a girly girl spending hours putting on make-up. When I do press or red carpet events, I have great hair and make-up people to make me look glamorous. That can be fun, like a little girl playing dress-up. But for most of the time, I’m too lazy.”
While she might not pay too much attention to fashion, Eva is clear about her health and fitness goals. Unfortunately she doesn’t have any tips to make the process of staying in shape any easier, but does warn that there’s no need to deprive yourself from tasty things all the time.
“It’s very boring but you have to drink lots of water and eat lots of vegetables. I am supposed to do this as an actress because we have to watch out for our bodies but I am very naughty and don’t do it enough,” she laughed.
Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s cinematic “Sin City,” based on Miller’s comic book series of the same name, is a place populated almost exclusively by criminals, lowlifes and corrupt public officials. It’s the kind of place that is perpetually rain-soaked and blood-splattered. And in the new sequel, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” things get even more sinful thanks to the addition of the titular dame, played by Eva Green, who basically slinks her way through her section of the movie (once again, the narrative has been diced into bite-sized vignettes). Green is so sexy, in fact, that she’s been causing a commotion with the movie’s marketing — first a poster was banned due to Green’s, er, voluptuousness and now a TV spot has been supposedly pulled from NBC because it’s just too darn sexy.
The spot, obviously, focuses on Green’s section of the movie (which, coincidentally enough, is also called “A Dame to Kill For”). In this section, Josh Brolin plays Dwight (which, confusingly, is a character portrayed by Clive Owen in the first “Sin City”), a small time hood who makes his money by taking photos of important men in compromising positions. (In one moment in the spot, you can see him peeping on Ray Liotta’s character, who is caught with Juno Temple.) The TV spot does some nifty things, comparing Brolin’s character to his comic-book incarnation and adding some comic book-like text to the screen.
But the thing that has gotten the clip in hot water is the appearance of Green, who plays a supposed damsel in distress who turns out to be a lot more trouble than she’s worth. In one scene, her nipples are very clearly visible (so I’m not quite sure how this was ever intended to air on television, even in the late night slots allotted for advertisements of R-rated movies), but considering what percentage of Green’s performance is comprised of her prancing around totally naked, it is but a fleeting moment.
Whatever the intent behind the spot (and whatever its reasons for getting yanked), it’s a super cool clip for a super cool movie (that we’re not allowed to talk about — but trust us, it is!) When “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” rolls out on August 22nd, you can expect similarly vampy performances by almost everyone involved, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Powers Boothe. And be sure to check back next week, for interviews with the cast and crew and our review of the film. It’s going to be sinfully good!