Eva Green

Eva Green

Actor
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Life Story

French actress and model Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). Her mother, Marlène Jobert, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of Sephardi Jewish heritage (during that time, Algeria was part of France), and Eva's father is of Swedish, French, and Breton descent. She has a fraternal twin sister, Joy. Eva left French school at 17. She switched to English in Ramsgate, Kent, and went to the American School in France for one year. She studied acting at Saint Paul Drama School in Paris for three years, then had a 10-week polishing course at the Weber Douglas Academy of dramatic Art in London. She also studied directing at the Tisch School of Arts at New York University. She returned to Paris as an accomplished young actress, and played on stage in several theater productions: "La Jalousie en Trois Fax" and "Turcaret". There, she caught the eye of director Bernardo Bertolucci. Green followed a recommendation to work on her English. She studied for two months with an English coach before doing The Dreamers (2003) with Bernardo Bertolucci. During their work, Bertolucci described Green as being "so beautiful it's indecent".

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Trivia

Born to French-Algerian actress Marlène Jobert and Swedish dentist Walter Green. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of Sephardi Jewish heritage. Eva's father is of Swedish, French, and Breton descent. Her paternal great-grandfather was French Breton composer and music critic Paul Le Flem.
Has a non-identical twin sister, Joy, who studied business and is married to an Italian count. Joy and her husband reside in Normandy, where they rear horses.
Nominated for Les Molieres (Paris, 2002) for the play "Jalousie en Trois Fax" for the category Revelation Theatrale Feminine.
The face of the Emporio Armani campaign.
Daughter of Walter Green and Marlène Jobert, niece of Charles Jobert, Georges Lunghini, Véronique Mucret Rouveyrollis, Marika Green and Christian Berger, cousin of Elsa Lunghini and Joséphine Jobert.
Composed music for flute and piano.
Her favorite film character is Adele Hugo in The Story of Adele H (1975).
Her favorite actors are Joaquin Phoenix and Edward Norton among others.
She turned down a role in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia (2006) with Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson.
Was ranked #16 on Maxim's hot list 2006.
Her hobby is collecting art and visiting museums.
Plays classical music.
Green is the fifth French actress to play a Bond girl.
Studied English in Ramsgate, Kent, UK.
Bought a new baby-grand piano for her London home.
Studied piano and flute.
Raised in Paris, she went to an English-speaking school and learned to speak it at a young age. As a result of being perfectly fluent in English, she gets English-language roles in playing American and British characters.

Personal Quotes 

[about shooting nude scenes for The Dreamers (2003):] I am a very shy person in life, very reserved, but you know, it's Bernardo Bertolucci. I've seen Last Tango in Paris (1972) and it's not pornographic, it's not vulgar, it's not sick, so I trusted him. He's a master of love and eroticism, but it's good because I stopped being self-conscious. I felt like I was on drugs or anesthetized, because you have to be. You have to let yourself slip away and forget everything, forget the sound guy and all that [February 5, 2004].
[about the sex scenes in The Dreamers (2003):] It 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. [February 5, 2004]
It's a way to exteriorize all my shit. To scream and cry and laugh on-screen, it's almost like black magic. You can do anything. I'm a dreamer, so that's a good job for me. Onstage is the only place I can fully express myself.
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.
At drama school I always picked the really evil roles. It's a great way to deal with your everyday emotions.
Onstage, every night you create something new. Plus, you have your audience right there - it's like performing for the gods.
[About Sybilla, her character in Kingdom of Heaven (2005):] "Sybilla suffers from numerous frustrations. She's an heroine, not a "potiche".
I am many things. I can be quite mad, and young, but I'm not the kind of person who goes out to nightclubs and goes crazy. I am more like lying on my bed and listening to classical music to relax.

Filmography

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