Sarah Greene & Eva Green in Penny Dreadful [S2E9]
Date of Birth 6 July 1980, Paris, France
Birth Name Eva Gaëlle Green
Height 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 5, 1980, in Paris, France. She has a sororal twin sister. 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 and French descent. 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”. Green won critical acclaim for her role in The Dreamers (2003). She also attracted a great deal of attention from male audiences for her full frontal nudity in several scenes of the film. Besides her work as an actress, Green also composed original music and recorded several sound tracks for the film score. After “The Dreamers”, Green’s career ascended to the level where she revealed more of her multifaceted acting talent. She played the love interest of cult French gentleman stealer, Adventures of Arsene Lupin (2004), opposite Romain Duris. In 2005, she co-starred, opposite Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson, in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), produced and directed by Ridley Scott. The film brought her a wider international exposure. She turned down the femme fatale role in The Black Dahlia (2006), that went to Hilary Swank, because she didn’t want to end up always typecast as a femme fatale after her role in “The Dreamers”. Instead, Eva Green accepted the prestigious role of “Vesper Lynd”, one of three Bond girls, opposite Daniel Craig, in Casino Royale (2006) and became the 5th French actress to play a James Bond girl, after Claudine Auger in Thunderball (1965), Corinne Cléry in Moonraker (1979), Carole Bouquet in For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Sophie Marceau in The World Is Not Enough (1999). Since her school years, Green has been a cosmopolitan multilingual and multicultural person. Yet, since her father always lived in France with them and her mother, she and her twin sister can’t speak Swedish. She developed a wide scope of interests beyond her acting profession and became an aspiring art connoisseur and an avid museum visitor. Her other activities, outside of acting, include playing and composing music, cooking at home, walking her terrier, and collecting art. She shares time between her two residencies, one is in Paris, France, and one in London, England.
Smokey eye makeup
Black hair and blue eyes
Calm and often reserved performances
Husky vocal quality
Born to French 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 and French descent. Her paternal great-grandfather was French 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.
Niece of Marika Green.
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.
Cousin of singer/actress Elsa Lunghini.
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.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#6). .
Her parents first objected her appearance on Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2003), remembering Maria Schneider’s traumatisation after filming Last Tango in Paris (1972) .
Described the atmosphere on the set of Franklyn (2008) as strange because she and her co-actor Ryan Phillippe didn’t talk much, being both very shy.
Admires François Truffaut, Ingmar Bergman, Tim Burton, Lars von Trier, David Lynch and David Fincher.
Enjoys running and pilates.
Has a border terrier named Griffin.
As she was extremely shy in her youth, her mother sent her to a therapist. However, she attended acting lessons to become more open.
Before meeting Carla Bruni, French President Nicolas Sarkozy invited Green to join him on his campaign trail. She politely declined.
She received a letter from author Philip Pullman, in which he praised her for the performance she gave in The Golden Compass (2007), based on his novel.
Only sees her only movies two or three times because she doesn’t enjoy seeing herself on the big screen.
Was cast in Kingdom of Heaven (2005) a week before filming began.
Has a non-identical twin sister named Joy.
Described her character in Cracks (2009) as complicated.
She collects religious icons.
Had to use a stunt double for most of her action scenes in Casino Royale (2006). Even the scenes where she was running up the stairs were taken with a stunt double, because she nearly broke her leg.
Made her first magazine cover when she was two months old.
Her favorite Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006) outfit was a Gucci mac and black hat, “Simple but elegant.”.
While promoting The Golden Compass (2007) she said her daemon (animal spirit) would be a frog, because it’s French.
One of her dream acting jobs would be to portray a serial killer.
She would love to work with Tim Burton, Stephen Daldry, Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze.
Considers Bryce Dallas Howard as one of the next big things in Hollywood.
Prefers that people tell her she’s a good actress rather than she is beautiful.
Was a contender to play Carol Ferris in Green Lantern (2011).
Was cast as the female lead in Antichrist (2009), but was dropped because of a complicated contract.
Niece of cinematographer Christian Berger.
Favorite actress is Isabelle Adjani.
Good friends with Jordan Scott.
Chosen by Los Angeles Times Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Women in Film (#18). .
Empire Magazine chose her character, Vesper Lynd as the 9th sexiest female character in cinema history.
Was in a relationship with actor Marton Csokas from 2005 to 2009.
Was cast in the role of Marie Antoinette in Farewell, My Queen (2012) but dropped out the film to work with Tim Burton in Dark Shadows (2012).
Was considered for the role of Jeanne Schneider in Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008) but the role went to Cécile De France.
Was cast as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005) but she had to drop out due schedule conflicts. She was replaced by Rachel Weisz, who was awarded with an Oscar for the role.
Filmed back to back 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). Both films are sequels and both are based on comic books by Frank Miller.
Frequently, she has been replaced by actress Diane Kruger. Green rejected the roles of ‘The Seeker’ in The Host (2013) and ‘Anna’ in Mr. Nobody (2009), while she also backed out of playing ‘Marie Antoinette’ in Farewell, My Queen (2012). All three roles was subsequently given to Kruger.
With her appearance in 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), she’s the only actor to star in two adaptations of Frank Miller novels within the same year.
Filming The Golden Compass (2007), where she plays “Serafina Pekkala”, a witch. [December 2006]
Has played a witch three times; Angelique in Dark Shadows (2012), Morgan in Camelot (2011) and Serafina Pekkala in The Golden Compass (2007).
Her last name is pronounced “grain/greyne”. It is derived from the Swedish word “gren”, which means tree branch.
Stated her desire to work with French compatriot Marion Cotillard.
Auditioned for the part of Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) in 2010, losing the role to Evangeline Lilly. Her audition took place right after Benedict Cumberbatch’s, who successfully obtained the role of Smaug in the films.
Johnny Depp is one of her favorite actors and Tim Burton is one of her favorite directors. She worked with them on Dark Shadows (2012).