The daughter of French actress Marlene Jobert, Eva pointed out: “I call Angelique ‘Ballsy Barbie.’ There’s something strong and cuckoo about her. But there’s also lots of love and trust on the set.” Recalled Eva: “Helena was very supportive and wonderful from the start. It’s going to be fine.’ Thank God they were around.” Launched by Bertolucci Eva debuted on film in a major way – through Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers.” She played a young Parisian who engages in a ménage à trois with Michael Pitt and Louis Garrel. In a way, Bertolucci gave birth to me so I’m very grateful.” Asked why she rejected the female lead role who manifests violent sexual behavior in Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist,” Eva answered: “It was a complicated issue.
I have a tendency to be drawn to dark characters who still retain their humanity, although with conflicted feelings. (Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly dropped out due to concerns over the provocative sexuality.) “I didn’t see it as an erotic role,” Eva asserted. We didn’t agree on some matters …” Charlotte Gainsbourg took over the role and won the Cannes best actress award in 2009.
In one particularly memorable scene, she and Johnny Depp bounce off the walls as they alternate between kissing and trying to murder each other. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist, and her mother, Marlène Jobert, had a very successful acting career—starring in Jean-Luc Godard’s as well as other nouvelle vague classics. I blushed whenever the teacher would ask me a question.
“It was Eva’s idea to wear bright red underwear,” Burton told me, calling from London, where he was finishing editing “Eva was not instantly knowable. Jobert stopped working to raise Eva and her fraternal twin sister, Joy. I was paralyzed.” Among her teenage crushes were Jack Nicholson in on my wall.
Then they sent me the script, and I saw that Bond was falling in love with my character—that she was sensitive and full of secrets. “And in Green, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on the series, swears that she is not psychologically burdened by that role.
“It’s very freeing to be possessed,” she said, sounding cheerful. Sometimes exhausting, but also jubilating.”Becoming a falcon for Burton was also liberating in its own way.
You feel extremely self-conscious and it’s never sexy. For me, it was like Ken and Barbie having sex—puppet lovemaking. It was hard to keep a straight face.” The stunt people did all the hard work, according to Eva.
Eva Green never let her role as a Bond Girl typecast her, and, today, the actress is working more than ever.
Although she was warm and forthcoming and appeared down-to-earth in jeans and a white button-down shirt, it was hard not to think of her as the characters she plays.