Eva Green was born Eva Gaëlle Green on July 5, 1980, in Paris, France. She has a non-identical twin sister. Her father, named Walter Green, is a Swedish dentist who once appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar. Her mother, named Marlène Jobert, is an Algerian-born (during the time Algeria was part of France) French actress who retired from acting and became a writer of children’s books… See full bio »
Born: Eva Gaëlle Green
July 5, 1980 in Paris, France
via Eva Green – IMDb.
Between 1997-2000, Green studied at St. Paul Drama School in Paris, and then spent 10 weeks at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Green also trained at New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, before she returned to Paris, where she performed in several plays. Green stated that in drama school, “I always picked the really evil roles. It’s a great way to deal with your everyday emotions.”
In 2002, Green had her film debut, when director Bernardo Bertolucci cast her in the role of Isabelle in The Dreamers (2003), which involved her in extensive full frontal nude scenes and graphic sex scenes. Green told The Guardian that her agent and her parents begged her not to take the role, concerned that the film would cause her career to “have the same destiny as Maria Schneider“, and because of Schneider’s traumatic experience during the filming of Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris. Green said that with Bertolucci’s guidance she felt comfortable during the filming of the nude and sex screnes, but was embarrassed when her family saw the film.Her performance was well-received, with some comparing her to Liv Tyler. Green expressed surprise when a minute was cut from the film for the American market, stating, “[T]here is so much violence, both on the streets and on the screen. They think nothing of it. Yet I think they are frightened by sex.” Green’s next film after The Dreamers was Arsène Lupin (2004), in which she portrayed Lupin’s love interest, a light-hearted role she enjoyed, although she has stated that she generally prefers more complex characters.
Her performance in The Dreamers led to Ridley Scott casting Green in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), a film about the Crusades where she played Sibylla of Jerusalem. Green performed six screen tests, and was hired with only a week before principal photography began.Green found the atmosphere of coming onto a film so late tense and exciting, and also liked the film’s ambiguity in approaching its subject matter. To her disappointment, much of her screen time was cut. Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com praised her performance: “She doesn’t quite know what to do with her character’s stilted dialogue, but she carries herself so regally that you barely notice.” Nev Pierce of the BBC, however, called her character “limp”. Green was satisfied when her character’s complex subplot was restored in the director’s cut. Total Film noted the new scenes completed her performance: “In the theatrical cut, Princess Sibylla sleeps with Balian and then, more or less, loses her mind. Now we understand why. Not only does Sibylla have a young son, but when she realizes he’s afflicted with leprosy just like her brother Baldwin, she decides to take his life shortly after he’s been crowned king.”
Green was considered for parts in The Constant Gardener (a role that went to Rachel Weisz) and The Black Dahlia. She was cast at the last minute in the role of Vesper Lynd in the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006). Green was approached in mid-2005 but turned it down. Principal photography was already underway, and director Martin Campbell noted casting the role was difficult because “we didn’t have the final script and a Bond girl always had the connotation of tits ‘n’ ass.” Campbell saw Green’s performance in thedirector’s cut of Kingdom of Heaven, and approached Green again. She read the script, and found the character of Vesper far deeper than most Bond girls. Green’s performance was well received: Entertainment Weekly called her the fourth best Bond girl of all time;IGN named her the best femme fatale, stating “This is the girl that broke – and therefore made – James Bond“; and she won aBAFTA and an Empire award for her performance. Both awards were voted for by the British public.
Green portrayed the witch Serafina Pekkala in the 2007 film adaptation of The Golden Compass (which, coincidentally, also starredCasino Royale‘s Daniel Craig, although they did not have any scenes together). She found it difficult being flown on a harness because of her fear of heights, which led her to refuse to reshoot a scene on her last day of filming. Green hoped the religious themes of the book would be preserved, but references to Catholicism were removed from the film. Green next appeared in Franklyn, as Emilia, a schizophrenic woman whose multiple personalities are split between tormented artist (which Green compared to real-life figures Sophie Calle and Tracey Emin) and another, which she described as, “full of life, very witty, big sense of humor”. She also filmed Cracks, the directorial debut ofJordan Scott, Ridley Scott’s daughter, where she plays a mysterious teacher at a girls’ school named Miss G, who falls in love with one of her pupils. In March 2009, she appeared in Womb, where she plays a woman who clones her dead boyfriend. It is a collaboration between actor Matt Smith and director Benedek Fliegauf.
She was considered for the role eventually played by Cécile de France in Un Secret (2007). Additionally, she was initially approached for the female lead in Lars von Trier‘s controversial film Antichrist (2009). According to Trier, Green was positive about appearing in the film, but her agents refused to allow her. The unsuccessful casting attempt took two months of the film’s pre-production process. Anglo-French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg was subsequently cast in the role.
Green starred in the first season of Starz‘s series, Camelot, as the sorceress Morgan le Fay. Green stated, “This is such an iconic story and you have 10 episodes to explore a character. It’s not a girlfriend role that you could have in a movie. It’s a real ballsy character. She has some guts.”
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- The Dreamers (beinglorious.wordpress.com)
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