Friday, 03 February 2012 14:39
Although she arrived on the big screen in The Dreamers wearing essentially what she was born with, in this month’s romantic drama Perfect Sense, French actress Eva Green is clothed a bit more. Along with co-star Ewan McGregor (who is similarly famed for full-frontal frolicking), Eva sexes up the apocalypse by tackling ecological despair.
During this interview, the former Casino Royale babe spouted some naked truth about the meaning behind nudity, witchcraft as a drug, bullshit celebrity gossip and feeling ho hum about being a libidinous object of desire.
Whatever you do, don't confuse her with a porn star.
By Prairie Miller
What is Perfect Sense all about?
It's a love story with the background of a worldwide epidemic. It's quite weird, and quite beautiful.
Why does it take your emotionally stingy character, Susan, so long to turn on to Ewan’s character?
She's kind of uptight and suspicious of men. Then she meets this guy who actually just works around the corner. Weirdly, he awakens the sensual side of her. I mean, it sounds a bit cheesy, and it's kind of weird.
What do you look for in the characters you play?
I always want to play dark characters, but I need to be passionate and fall in love with the character. It's not just about the work or money. It's something very strong for me; I don't take it lightly. I'm very selective.
What are your feelings about the controversy you stir up because of your nude scenes?
I think in America, they're very puritan. Like if you're doing a scene with frontal nudity, then they think you're a porn actor or something. It's really weird, and I don't really understand it.
How long did it take you to get comfortable with sex scenes?
With The Dreamers, we were behaving like young kids. They would be like, "Okay, look at my dick!" Doing scenes like that, it's not so hard. You're in this cocoon and not in reality, and reality and fiction can become intertwined.
But I'm nervous before those scenes. Once I'm doing them, I realize they're no more difficult than the others. It's just another form of expression. I like playing characters that are confident and fearless. It's exciting to play something that you're not, or something that you would like to be. When you do a movie, you want to do something that's not too close to reality. You want to be able to explore something else.
You know, that's the pleasure of acting. But doing something just for the sex, I'll leave that for the porn actors. Of course it's always nice to do something sexy, but it has to have meaning. People say to me, “You're very sexy,” and I'm like, “Yeah, whatever.”
Are you anything like your wild and uninhibited characters?
Growing up, I was scared of boys. I'm really very shy.
What’s it like watching yourself naked up on the screen?
It's not very easy for me. It's like it's somebody else on the screen.
What do you think about celebrity gossip about you?
It's a lot of bullshit. People just start throwing your name around the Internet.
What lures you into a film?
I like dark movies and femme fatales. I'd like to kill someone in a movie!
What about your TV role in Camelot as Morgan, with Joseph Fiennes as Merlin?
It was not a girlfriend role. It was a real ballsy character. She has some guts, and that's nice to play. She adores toying with him, like a cat with a mouse, so it was fun. We had a lot of taunting and teasing scenes. For Morgan, magic was new to her and she's drawn to it. It's very exciting. It's like a drug. It's not Harry Potter or Walt Disney!
But I need to be in love with a character. It's good for the soul. Otherwise, I feel bad. You can't just do work and work and work. I need to be passionate about it. I work less maybe than other actors because of that.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I'm very sensitive and insecure. I'm rather private, and people might think I'm cold. And I'm not very good at interviews!
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