Date of Birth
5 July 1980, Paris, France
Eva Gaëlle Green
5' 6" (1.68 m)
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 (1966). 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. Young Eva Green 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 Arsène Lupin (2004) opposite Romain Duris. In 2005 she co-starred opposite Orlando Bloom and Liam Neesonin Kingdom of Heaven (2005) produced and directed by Ridley Scott. The film became a blockbuster in the US and worldwide and brought her a wider international exposure. She turned down the femme fatale role in The Black Dahlia 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 Clery 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 currently shares time between her two residencies, one is in Paris, France, and one in London, England.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov
Born to French actress Marlène Jobert and Swedish dentist Walter Green.
Her last name is pronounced "grain".
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.
Was originally cast as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005) but had to back out due to other commitments. Rachel Weisz replaced her.
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.
Her favorite artists are Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
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.
Her natural hair color is brownish blonde.
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 2 or 3 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/I) 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 2 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.
[about shooting nude scenes for The Dreamers (2003):] "I am a very shy person in life, very reserved, but you know, it's Bertolucci. I've seen Last Tango 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 anaesthetised 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.
I have Algerian, Turkish, Swedish, Spanish blood: I feel like a citizen of the world. Life and cinema don't have borders.
I don't want to be a Hollywood star. I just want to do my job and enjoy it. My aim is to find my
true identity and to remain true to myself.
I'd rather be thought as an international actress rather than a French one. Because I don't know what's coming up for me, my ambition is not to be typecast. So I'm working on my English accent, as well as my American one. I don't want to be like 'Okay, I'm French, and I want to succeed in Hollywood!' Juliette Binoche has set a good example of what I want to do, because she works all over the world, and that's what I want to do as well
I don't have a problem with someone having plastic surgery, but I think it's crazy for everyone to have the same body
I don't believe in awards. It's very good for the ego, I suppose.
I love photo shoots where I can be like a pinup, not myself. Where I can be feminine, glamorous, dark ... not like in real life. I hate it when you go in and they want you to be 'natural,' to be yourself. I just hate it. I love having fun. When they ask you to smile, I hate it. Of course I smile in my real life, but to do it on cue, that's not spontaneous. I'd rather do something that's like a little movie, like a little story, rather than just me, I feel naked.
[on acting] -- It doesn't satisfy me completely, this job. I want to travel. Maybe I'll end up living in Norway, making cakes.
I feel sick if I have to do something for the money. I can't breathe. I'm not proud of myself. I was in LA last week for a meeting and I don't like it. I get knots in my stomach and have to walk around a museum to make myself feel better. It's a cruel place, very hierarchical. If you're in the middle, you're shit, and if you're at the bottom, you're nothing. The people have no idea about anything that doesn't come from Hollywood. Most of them have never heard of The White Ribbon or A Prophet, and the only film of mine they know is Bond, because it made lots of money. I'm the Bond girl. It's as though it's written on my forehead.
[on auditioning for "The Dreamers"] -- I was bored with the theatre. I wanted to stop acting. I didn't believe in anything. But I did a lot of auditions to get the role. You can't turn down a role like that. You don't say no to Bertolucci.
[on her growing dislike for theatre before landing "The Dreamers"] -- I was in this play and I didn't get on with the director and didn't like the play. It was very grotesque, you know? Too much make-up and wigs and I was playing, like, this coquette. I was on stage for most of the time apart from three minutes when I was allowed to go off and pee in a bucket. And for those three minutes I was sitting on a bucket, peeing and crying at the same time. Oh, it was terrible. It was a nightmare. I hated it so much.
[on Isabelle Adjani] -- She's my role model, I adore her. I watched The Story of Adèle H so many times, and Camille Claudel also - in that she plays a sculptor, very passionate, who was Rodin's lover. He rejected her and she ended up completely cuckoo in an asylum. Adjani is a bit like Miss G - she has that crazy side in some of her movies. She's very beautiful, but she can do everything - she's very funny, she's very sharp and not afraid of big emotional moments. I met her when she was doing a play in France, and I was very intimidated - you feel very wobbly and like a big geek. I just said to her "I'm a big fan of yours!" She's like a myth to me.
[on Ewan McGregor] -- ... Ewan's brilliant - a really giving actor.
[on Daniel Craig] -- He was a very cool Bond, very raw. He's very paternal actually. He really looked after me, and he was wanting to do something different with Bond, which I think he did. I was a bit scared at the beginning - but it was a good Bond and it made me bankable - money, money! [laughs]
[on Jordan Scott, director of "Cracks"] Working with her was a real exchange - a real collaboration. She was extremely sensitive. The film looks almost unreal - like a fairytale. [on Michael Haneke] -- "The White Ribbon" is absolutely brilliant. You want to open his brain and go "What is this shit, what happened to you?" I met him in LA last week. He's funny, normal - well he seems like that - you never know. I asked if he'd been inspired by something, and he said he just made it up! He kind of has an evil side, which I like.
[on Shane Meadows] -- I might need to get my hair dirty if I was going to be in one of his films. I hate it when people say "You're very beautiful." I feel very shallow. I want to be taken seriously, you know?
[on desire] -- You've got to have desire, otherwise you just die. A lot of people, they're 80 or 90 years old, and they die because they have nothing left to live for. It makes you alive if you have something you want in life. My first drama teacher was very passionate - she was full of energy - it was all about work, work work, then you can achieve something that is beyond your limits. [on taking a break] -- If I'm feeling a bit down I think of a very nice place in the sun to calm me down - like a place I went to not far from Cancún in Mexico. I just imagine I am there and everything gets calm in my head. My mother has a house in Normandy - I feel quite centered when I'm there. She cooks for me and I feel like I'm two years old.
[on enjoying the moment] -- I know it sounds very clichéd but it's true. I'm the first one to forget. Life is short - enjoy it. And do your best. Even if you fail, you've done your best.
Where Are They Now
(December 2006) Filming The Golden Compass (2007), where she plays "Serafina Pekkala", a witch.
Eva Green was born in Paris, the daughter of French actress Marlène Jobert and Swedish dentist Walter Green. She grew up in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Her mother is of French Algerian
(Pied-Noir) descent. Green was born two minutes earlier than her fraternal twin sister named
Joy. Green has described her family as "bourgeois", and has said that her sister is very
different from her. Green is a natural dark blonde; she dyed her hair black aged 15.
French-Swedish actress Marika Green is her aunt.
Green was raised in France, went to the American School of Paris, from which she graduated, and
spent some time in Ramsgate, London and Ireland.Her school was English-speaking. Green
was quiet at school, and developed an interest in Egyptology when she visited the Louvre at age
seven.Green aspired to become an actress at age fourteen, when she saw Isabelle Adjani in The
Story of Adele H. Jobert initially feared the effect an acting career would have on her sensitive
daughter, but she soon supported her ambitions.
At 17, Green enrolled at St. Paul Drama School in Paris for three years, and then spent 10
weeks at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Green stated that at drama
school, "I always picked the really evil roles. It's a great way to deal with your everyday
emotions." Green 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 was nominated for a
Molière Award for her performance in Jalousie en Trois Fax.
Director Bernardo Bertolucci discovered Green in 2002, and found her "so beautiful, it's indecent". She accepted his invitation to star in The Dreamers (2003), despite her parents' initial objections
because of Maria Schneider's accounts of being traumatized while filming Bertolucci's Last Tango
in Paris. Green performed extensive nude scenes, which she said felt natural on set, although
she 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, as "there 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 followed up The Dreamers
withArsène Lupin (2004), in the light-hearted part of a love interest which she said she had fun
playing, even though she generally prefers more complex parts.
Her performance in The Dreamers convinced Ridley Scott to cast 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 realises he's inflicted with leprosy just like her brother Baldwin, she
decides to take his life shortly after he's been crowned king."
Green at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in London's Royal Opera House (2007).
Green was considered for parts in The Constant Gardener (a role which 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 the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven,
and Green was approached 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 a BAFTA and anEmpire
award for her performance. Both were voted for by the British public.
Green portrayed the witch Serafina Pekkala in the 2007 film adaptation of The Golden Compass
(coincidentally, it also starred Casino 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 appears in Franklyn, playing Emilia, a schizophrenic woman. One
personality she portrays is a tormented artist (which she compared to real-life figures Sophie Calle
and Tracey Emin) and Green described the other personality as "full of life, very witty, big
sense of humor". She also filmedCracks, the directorial debut of Jordan 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 begins filming Womb, where she plays a woman who
clones her dead husband. It is a collaboration between actor Matt Smith and director Benedek
She was considered for the lead female role in Un Secret (2007) before it was played by Cecile de
She was the first choice for the self-mutilating, seemingly anti-feminist in the highly controversial Antichrist (2009), but when director Lars Von Trier found her contract too complicated he instead
cast Anglo-French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg in the role.
In addition to her acting career, Green has modeled for Breil, Emporio Armani, Lancôme,
Heineken, and Christian Dior SA's "Midnight Poison" perfume, in an advert directed by Wong
Kar-wai.She followed in her mother's footsteps by supporting Unicef. She has also expressed
interest in returning to the theatre, and has no plans to go to work in Hollywood because, "The
problem with Hollywood is that the studios are super powerful, they have far more power than the
directors. My ambition at this moment is just to find a good script." She added she would
probably just get typecast as a femme fatale there.
Green will star in Starz's ten-part series, Camelot, as the sorceress Morgana.
Green considers herself nerdy: "When people first meet me, they find me very cold. I keep
myself at a distance, and I think that's why I'm so drawn to [acting]. It allows me to wear a
mask." She moved to Primrose Hill, London in mid-2005. She prefers the "village-like"
atmosphere of the London neighbourhood: "I feel more centred when I'm [there]." She lives
alone, jokingly referring to her border terrier, Griffin, as her "husband". She is an atheist,
having not been raised to follow any religion.
She dated New Zealand actor Marton Csokas after meeting him on the set of Kingdom of Heaven,
but the couple announced their split in 2009.
She has no particular fitness regime, because, "I'm French and I'm lazy, which means I smoke and
I don't exercise", though she does run and she practices pilates. Green finds dieting too
stressful. She thinks of herself as an international actress: she can speak both her native
French and English fluently, and is also learning Japanese as well as perfecting an American
Green's favourite film is Cries and Whispers, and she is a fan of directors François Truffaut,
Ingmar Bergman, Tim Burton, Lars von Trier, David Lynch, and David Fincher. She
admires the actresses Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Jeanne Moreau,
Cate Blanchett, Juliette Binoche, and Helena Bonham Carter. She credits Blanchett and
Kirsten Dunst as her fashion influences, describing her own taste as, "bright pink lipstick, hot pink
or geisha colors. Make up is allowed to be a bit weird, I feel." Her favourite artists are Gustav
Klimt andEgon Schiele, and she is a keen museum visitor; she particularly likes Chinese and
Indian architecture, and framed displays of butterflies and other insects. Green enjoys music,
listening to film soundtracks and classical music when preparing for roles, and she plays the