Eva Green has definitely made herself known these past few years, and with good reason. Regardless of the overall quality of the project she’s attached to, she’s not one to slack. She gives her all in every performance as I’ve seen her singlehandedly make terrible films worthwhile. With the vibe of Classic Hollywood staples like Joan Crawford, she oozes charisma, sensuality, and pure badassness.
With Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in theaters, I figured it was time to revive our Some Like It Hot feature to explore the wonderousness of Eva Green’s assets.
[Some Like It Hot shines a light on the men and women of film who have captured our hearts, and oftentimes, our libidos. It celebrates the cinematic sirens and strongmen of the silver screen that give us the vapors, tug on our heartstrings, and leave us hungry for more. Also, they’re really effing hot.]
Name: Eva Gaëlle Green
Birthday: July, 5th 1980 (34)
Partial Filmography: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Penny Dreadful, Dark Shadows, 300: Rise of an Empire, Casino Royale, The Golden Compass (view her IMDB page here)
Background: Born in Paris, France, and is one of two fraternal twins (she was born a few minutes before her sister), Eva Green had performing in her blood. Her father, a Swedish/French dentist (who’s grandfather was French composer Paul Le Flem), and her mother, Marlene Jobert an actress born in Algeria and raised Jewish although Green herself was raised without religion. Getting a start in theatre with Jalousie en Trois Fax in 2001, she was nominated for a few awards before breaking into film.
Her first role was in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, which required a heavy amount of nudity and sex scenes. And although she’s currently known for doing just that in most of her roles, know she only picks and chooses roles that spark her creativity. She signed onto The Dreamers because she was comfortable with the director, she became a “Bond Girl” after turning it down several times because the role didn’t have enough depth, she signed onto play the witch Serafina Pekkala in The Golden Compass because she’d hoped the allusions to Catholicism would make it into the picture.
Basically, Green chooses roles that won’t force her into a certain category. With Hollywood typecasting her into femme fatale roles however, Green wants to return to theatre someday. That’d definitely be a shame for the rest of us.
Best Feature: Her Eyes
She’s got these insanely beautiful eyes. Her hair’s great too (but she’s a natural darker blonde and has been dying her hair black for years) and the rest of her is va va voom, but those eyes get me every time. I just want to stare into them all day. I know if we met, we’d have the best conversation (although she’s much, much more intelligent than I am) but I’d hate to say that I probably wouldn’t remember a word. I’d drown in those eyes.
Hottest Role: Angelique Bouchard (Dark Shadows)
Now I’m sure she’s great in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but I haven’t seen it yet. I almost went with 300: Rise of an Empire because she gives a great one liner (“You fight as hard as you fuck!”), but she’s a total badass in a non-“hot” way. Her take on Angelique totally saved the recent Dark Shadows adaptation. It’s a bad, bad movie, but she’s this total killer vixen and she has this like half sex fight with Johnny Depp’s vampire dude and it’s played for laughs. It is just the best thing. She’s also classily sexy in that film. She doesn’t need to remove any clothes, and she does the job with a few tight red dresses and business attire. Good stuff.
Where I’d Take Her On a Date: Jazz Music and Ice Cream
Although she’s a big name actress, Green is much more comfortable being a homebody. That’s perfectly within my range as I’d suggest we’d get some ice cream then go back to my place (or hers, whatever) to listen to some kickass jazz jams. Then we’d just have a long, thoughtful conversation about the nature of sexuality in the current Hollywood market. I don’t really want to date Eva Green, though. I just want to chill with her. She seems like the best person, and I want to pick her brain.
In Conclusion: Whether she bares it all, coolly commits acts of heinous evil, or dazzles the world with her beauty, Eva Green is a remarkable talent that has yet to be fully realized. Whether or not you know her name, you remember her silhouette. That’s something even the most talented of actors take years to perfect.
Her career is skyrocketing and I can’t wait to see what she does next.