Famed for her beauty since she was handpicked for “The Dreamers” by Bernardo Bertolucci, actress Eva Green has a penchant for choosing complex roles and feisty characters. As Morgan in the new Starz epic “Camelot,” she embarks on a power struggle to wrestle power from her brother Arthur, locking horns with Joseph Fiennes’ Merlin and poisoning her father to boot.
Speaking in Cannes on the eve of MipTV, she tells The Hollywood Reporter about intensity, comedy and why she likes getting ugly.
The Hollywood Reporter: What is Morgan like?
Eva Green: I love her, she’s a very cool character for a woman. You don’t get many roles like her. She’s ballsy, she’s manipulative, she’s very brave, but also sort of damaged and vulnerable. Little by little you understand why she behaves like this. She’s an empowering, strong character. There aren’t that many strong female roles — that’s why the character was very appealing.
THR: How does making this miniseries compare to making films?
Green: It’s completely intense — so much quicker — the pace is completely crazy. I’m usually quite cerebral and like to think about something before I do it. Here I had to trust my instinct much more and I learned a lot — don’t think, do. But otherwise it’s the same job. You don’t really notice the difference, just the pace.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower, John Barrowman, Bill Pullman, Oliver Hirschbiegel, John Doman, Assumpta Serna, Shawn Doyle and Jon M. Chu are just some of the stars who will be attending MIPTV 2011, which runs 4-7 April in Cannes.
For the first time in eight years – and having just announced his movie comeback – Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back in Cannes, taking part in MIPTV. He will unveil an international TV series, full details of which he will reveal in a press conference on 4 April at the Hotel Majestic, at noon.*
Joseph Fiennes (Elizabeth, Shakespeare in Love), Eva Green (Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale) and Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Twilight New Moon) all star in the eagerly-awaited Camelot, a new version of the legendary adventures of King Arthur, which will be presented by GK-tv at the MIPTV World Premiere TV Screenings. The first two episodes of the series will be screened in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals, on 4 April at 6pm, followed by an exclusive Q&A session with the stars. A Camelot press conference will be held on 4 April, in the Blue Lounge of the Palais des Festivals, at 3pm.
Eva Green shattered the bubbly, sex-crazed Bond Girl stereotype with her eloquent and seamless turn as Vesper Lynd in 2006’s explosive blockbuster “Casino Royale.”
But the French beauty has always been an indie darling at heart, first winning acclaim for taking us on a twisted romantic journey in Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers.” Now Green returns to her roots with “Cracks,” starring as the sophisticated yet shattered Ms. G, who battles her forbidden love for a female students while trying to tame a fierceful student body at a secluded 1930s British boarding school.
NextMovie caught up with Ms. Green to talk “Cracks,” Johnny Depp, and her burning desire to kick some ass.
What drew you to “Cracks”?
It was such a unique script — the tension in it and the kind of old-fashioned feeling, we don’t make movies like this anymore. And the character is so complex and strong and seems full of confidence, seems perfect. But underneath she’s a very vulnerable character. Gift for an actor, so many things to play.
On the new Starz series “Camelot,” Green treats herself big-time — and makes the most of it.
There she is, as Morgan, in the series’ opening scene, fiercely facing down King Uther, the father Morgan believes has betrayed her. Drawing on her sorcery skills, she soon will arrange the king’s sudden death. She means to succeed him on the throne. And when Uther’s unknown son, Arthur, emerges to claim the crown, Morgan declares war on her half brother as well as the wizard Merlin, Arthur’s mysterious mentor.
“This castle and realm should be mine,” she proclaims.
“Camelot” premieres Friday at 10 p.m. EDT (airing opposite “Merlin,” a retelling of the Arthurian legend with Merlin as a young man, now in its third season on Syfy).
“Camelot” stars heartthrob Jamie Campbell Bower (the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” film sagas) as Arthur, a carefree, impetuous young man who was raised from infancy as a commoner and is as surprised as anyone to learn his destiny: to lead Britain from a dark, troubled present into a bright, hope-filled tomorrow.
Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love,” the TV series “FlashForward”) is Merlin, who has foreseen the legend of Arthur and aims to see it come to pass.
But Merlin and Arthur will have their hands full with Morgan as their rival.
Passionate actress Eva Green stays true to her surname by conserving water.
True to her name, Eva Green is conscious when it comes to water conservation. “I don’t have baths anymore. I take showers,” says the French-born actress, who plays the witchy Morgan in “Camelot,” Starz’ new retelling of the Arthurian legend, premiering April 1. Best known for her role as Vesper Lynd in the 2006 version of “Casino Royale,” Green eagerly took on the role she deems “a great character, full of colors. It’s a gift. I always wanted to play dark characters, like Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra, so it was a dream. It’s not a clichéd role. She’s not evil. I see her more as damaged. She believes herself to be the rightful heir to the throne, but because she’s a woman, she’s denied it and she will do absolutely anything to get it back.”
Morgan’s nemesis is Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) “because he has put Arthur on the throne. But she kind of respects him,” says Green. “She adores toying with him, like a cat with a mouse. We have a lot of taunting and teasing scenes.” The two handle their abilities differently, she adds. “Merlin is kind of world-weary when it comes to magic. He has seen and experienced too much. For Morgan, magic is new to her, and she’s drawn to it. It’s very exciting, like a drug.”
The ten-episode series shoots in Ireland, which Green adores. “I feel very at peace there. It’s just magical and beautiful,” she raves, happy to spend five months there playing something more than eye candy. “It’s not a girlfriend role. It’s a real ballsy character. She has guts, and that’s nice to play.” Having completed a film called “Perfect Sense” with Ewan McGregor, “a love story with the background of a worldwide epidemic,” she’s attached to a Maria Callas bio project, now in the scripting stage, and will likely play Angelique opposite Johnny Depp in a film version of the gothic-horror TV series “Dark Shadows.”
“I need to feel proud of my work and I need to be in love with a character,” Green says. “I can’t just do work and work and work. I work less maybe than other actors because of that, but I need to be passionate about it.”
Most of us know Eva Green as the ethereal Vesper Lynd, the woman who broke James Bond (Daniel Craig)’s heart in Casino Royale and tragically died as a result of her betrayal.
That character went on to make Green one of the most popular Bond girls of all time and she finally became an international star after years of working in theatre, doing off-beat movies like The Dreamers; and having small roles in big movies that failed to become blockbusters such as Kingdom of Heaven and The Golden Compass.
Her latest movie is Perfect Sense, a romantic comedy opposite Ewan McGregor which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Green’s mother is French actress Marlene Jobert while her father is Swedish dentist Walter Green. Her exotic looks can be attributed to her mixed parentage and she seems to fit into a variety of roles well.
A role in “Casino Royale” a few years back helped elevate Eva Green in the eyes of Hollywood decision makers, but along with the attention came a lot of offers for the prettygirlfriend roles.
Green, however, turns them down.
“I do, but that’s probably why I don’t work much,” says Green, who stars in Starz’s new miniseries, “Camelot.”
“I don’t think I’d be very good, because I need to be passionate about something,” she adds. “I think small parts are even harder than big parts. I find it quite hard. I like strong women who have secrets and are a bit f-ed up.”
That certainly could describe Green’s role as Morgan in “Camelot,” launching Friday at 10 p.m on Starz. She’s a pagan, she’s evil, she’s lovable, and she uses her sexuality to get ahead.
“She’s such a cool, ballsy character to play, it’s not like playing the girlfriend in a movie, she’s like a warrior queen,” Green says.
It’s the first TV series for Green, who’s spent the rest of her career in movies. Indeed, she’s now working on an American accent so she can head to London to film Tim Burton’s take on “Dark Shadows.”
French actress Eva Green needs love when she works on a new project.
“If I’m not passionate about the character, I can’t do it. Some actors work and work and work. I wish I could be like that,” Green says. “But I need to be in love.”
Her latest love is Morgan, half sister to King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), in the Starz original series “Camelot” that launches Friday night. Morgan believes she’s the heir to the throne until Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) reveals the existence of Arthur.
The series will follow the battle between Morgan and Arthur for control of the kingdom.
Green wasn’t familiar with Morgan before being offered the role. The more she researched the character, the more her passions grew for the role.
The trick was to find just the right way to portray Morgan, a character who has been depicted in literature as everything from saint to sinner.
Thanks to About Camelot for the information.
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Here are a couple of new behind the scenes video from About Camelot. HD screencaps will be added soon as well.
Actress Eva Green has a hard time coping with the stresses of being an actress. From her looks to tough auditions, Eva Green freaks out about getting it all wrong.
“I hate my bum. I’m like everybody,” Eva confessed. “I only really decided to act because I am crazy, it is quite masochistic.
“I am aware of the whole sexy French girl thing. You become a product and people typecast you. It is very stressful, because you take it personally if you are not right for a part and you question yourself a lot.
“There’s always something wrong,” Eva said referencing casting directors at auditions.
“They’re brutal, it’s a jungle. It’s as if you’re a facade, like a model who can’t act.
“When I’m prepping and really working on it, I’m freaking out — that I’m not going to measure up, it’s not going to work. That I’m going to look so bland, and I have no idea what the director wants. I freak out completely.”
Eva Green, French actress famous for her roles as femme fatale on Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers” and Bond Girl on Martin Campbell’s “Casino Royale,” plays a witch once again on the series “Camelot,” which airs on AXN Beyond starting April 4.
She’s not the least bit worried about being typecast as a witch. After all, she played Serafina Pekkala, the Witch Queen, in the movie “The Golden Compass.”
On “Camelot,” she portrays Morgan, nemesis of Arthur and Merlin.
In a conference call with Asian media outfits (including the Inquirer), Green (who was in New York at the time) explained that she doesn’t regard Morgan as pure “evil,” the way she was characterized in the past.
“She’s damaged,” Green said of Morgan. “She was exiled by her father to a nunnery for 15 years because she discovered that he murdered her mother. He wanted to silence her. Well, 15 years gave her plenty of time to be bitter.”
She described Morgan as “complex.”
“At the start, she seemed tough and vengeful, but little by little, I also tried to show the human being … the little girl in her.”