French Beauty Eva Green Sizzles in Leather
Eva Gaëlle Green (born 5 July 1980) is a French actress and model who gained fame in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers" (2003) and in the James Bond film "Casino Royale" (2006). She later starred as Artemisia in "300: Rise of an Empire." Eva is a well-regarded high-fashion model who wears leather as well as anyone.
Eva Green was born in Paris and has a slightly younger twin sister, Joy. Eva is of French/Swiss ancestry. She attended the American School of Paris as a child, and graduated from the American University of Paris.
Later, the acting bug bit, and Eva took drama lessons at St. Paul Drama School in Paris and at New York University.
|Eva Green as Artemisia in "300: Rise of an Empire"|
Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers" (2003) was Eva's film debut, and quite a debut role it was. Eva played Isabelle, an unconventional young woman who lived with her brother and engaged in sex with an American visitor - both at the same time.
Everybody loved "The Dreamers," which also paid direct homages to French films of the '60s. It led immediately to more roles for the ravishingly beautiful Eva Green.
|Eva always has a very stylish look|
Eva's next major role was in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven," in which she played Sibylla of Jerusalem, a real historical figure. Eva had to test repeatedly before finally winning the role at the last minute. She was told that she had the role a week before filming began.
"Kingdom of Heaven" also was a daring role, with her character engaged in an affair with an Englishman, but much of her screen time was cut to make it a little less risqué. Fortunately, the lost footage was restored in the director's cut.
The next step for Eva was another huge one up. She was chosen to play Vesper Lynd in the remake of "Casino Royale" (2006) opposite James Bond actor Daniel Craig. She received terrific notices for her role, and this time her scenes were not cut.
|Eva Green in "Camelot"|
With several fine roles under her belt, Eva next played Serafina Pekkala in "The Golden Compass" (2007), which also starred Daniel Craig again.
After that, Eva filmed some smaller movies, and then did a stunning starring role as Morgan le Fay in the cable series "Camelot."
Further major film roles include "Dark Shadows" opposite Johnny Depp and the smash hit "300: Rise of an Empire," as Artemisia.
|Eva Green as Morgan in "Camelot"|
Eva was ranked No. 16 on Maxim magazine's "Hot Girls" list for 2006.
Eva has interests in collecting art and visiting museums. She also likes taxidermy - stuffed animals.
Empire Magazine listed Eva Green as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in film history in 2007.
The LA Times Magazine chose Eva as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Women in Film in 2011.
Eva was offered a role in "Wonder Woman" (2017) as Dr. Maru, but she declined the role. It went to Elena Anaya instead.
While Eva is identified with her dark hair, in fact she is a natural blonde. She dyed it herself while still a teenager and thinks that her hair looks better dark.
Eva has been a star for her entire life, and that is not an exaggeration. She had her first magazine cover when she was two months old.
Eva went to an English-language school in Paris and speaks absolutely flawless English.
Eva's last name is pronounced "grain," because it is derived from the Swedish "grön" or "gren," which means tree branch in Swedish.
In 2010, Eva auditioned for the role of Tauriel in the Hobbit films. She lost out to Evangeline Lilly.
Eva is a huge fan of French actress Marion Cotillard and hopes to work with her.
Among other things, Eva collects religious artifacts.
Eva scandalized her parents by her debut role in "The Dreamers," which involves a lot of nudity. They recalled what happened to Maria Schneider after "Last Tango in Paris" (1972). Fortunately, things worked out much better for Eva.
One of Eva's hobbies is composing music for flute and piano.
Eva is part Swedish, English and Breton on her father's side, part Sephardic Jewish on her mother's.
It [her sex scenes in "The Dreamers"] must be very shocking for the American people, but what I don't understand is why they are so crazy about that. I don't understand why you can't see naked people on screen but we can see a baby being killed. It's quite strange. They're too puritan, too uptight.
For me, acting is like a therapy. I can express myself fully when I am acting and have blood in my veins. Even when I'm not working, I'm always living in my own world, imagining characters.
I have Algerian, Turkish, Swedish, Spanish blood: I feel like a citizen of the world. Life and cinema don't have borders.
I don't want to be a Hollywood star. I just want to do my job and enjoy it. My aim is to find my true identity and to remain true to myself.
I don't believe in awards. It's very good for the ego, I suppose.
I was in LA last week for a meeting and I don't like it. I get knots in my stomach and have to walk around a museum to make myself feel better. It's a cruel place, very hierarchical. If you're in the middle, you're shit, and if you're at the bottom, you're nothing. The people have no idea about anything that doesn't come from Hollywood. Most of them have never heard of "The White Ribbon" or "A Prophet," and the only film of mine they know is Bond, because it made lots of money. I'm the Bond girl. It's as though it's written on my forehead.
I was in this play and I didn't get on with the director and didn't like the play. It was very grotesque, you know? Too much makeup and wigs and I was playing, like, this coquette. I was on stage for most of the time apart from three minutes when I was allowed to go off and pee in a bucket. And for those three minutes I was sitting on a bucket, peeing and crying at the same time. Oh, it was terrible. It was a nightmare. I hated it so much.
You've got to have desire, otherwise you just die. A lot of people, they're 80 or 90 years old, and they die because they have nothing left to live for. It makes you alive if you have something you want in life. My first drama teacher was very passionate - she was full of energy - it was all about work, work work, then you can achieve something that is beyond your limits.
I know it sounds very clichéd but it's true. I'm the first one to forget. Life is short - enjoy it. And do your best. Even if you fail, you've done your best.
It's so boring to play the girlfriend. Most of the women in film are there to be beautiful to the man. It's quite hard to find a ballsy or complex character.
I was such a nerd in school that it's been a good exercise for me to be able to talk a bit about myself. I'm always scared of words in real life, if they're not on a page in a script. To talk about myself, I feel like, Oh, my god...
I'm fairly blonde. I've been dyeing my hair black since I was 15 and I've stuck with that look ever since. It's my way of hiding myself I suppose. I think I look more interesting with dark hair. It's part of my self-image and we all have a darker side. I like to put masks on sometimes because I haven't always been that confident and you fall into the trap of continuing to hide your real self even though you've changed and grown a lot as an individual. I feel more open but it's not always easy for me to show that.
I was not offered something interesting [after "Casino Royale"] by Hollywood. Every role was the boring beautiful girl. Instead of doing that, I made movies that not a lot of people saw but were good for my heart. I've always found the movie business rather cold, so finding parts to play and having people enjoy them has made this year a miracle for me.
It's a bit pretentious to come home and remain in character. Can you imagine? It must be pretty hard to live with. I'm sure Daniel Day-Lewis is very sweet but if he takes some of those roles home with him then it must be quite tense. I wouldn't want to be his wife.
The sex scenes were quite full on and frank in The Dreamers (2003). I had a scene in which my own character has to lose her virginity. I had to remember how I felt when I first had sex. I am so reserved in real life, but I surprised myself completely. I was asked if I wanted some alcohol before some of the scenes - and admit that I did have some whiskey. There was a breaking of the ice before the sex scene. The actor Louis Garrel came into my trailer and said: 'I will show you my dick if you show me your breasts.' So I did - and he did. He said to me: 'They look great.' So when it came to the sex scenes, it made it a little easier.