Eva Green never let her role as a Bond Girl typecast her, and, today, the actress is working more than ever.
After getting her start in an erotic Bertolucci film and breaking out in 2005's "Casino Royale," Green has played one captivating role after another. She was a standout in Tim Burton's poorly received "Dark Shadows" (2012) opposite Johnny Depp and is currently earning rave reviews for her mysterious and supernaturally-charged Vanessa in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." This summer, she can be found as the sexy and manipulative Ava in Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For."
From her famous relatives to her connection to President Nicolas Sarkozy, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Eva Green.
1. Eva Gaëlle Green was born July 6, 1980 in Paris, France to Marlène Jobert, a French actress, and Walter Green, a dentist.
2. Her last name is pronounced "grain" and is derived from the Swedish word "gren," meaning tree branch.
3. Her mother was born in Algeria, but has European ancestry, while her father is of Swedish and French descent.
4. She is Jewish on her mother's side, however, she doesn't consider herself religious.
5. The actress has a non-identical twin sister, Joy, who studied business, and is married to an Italian count.
6. Through her father, Green is the great-granddaughter of the French composer and music critic Paul Le Flem.
7. Her accomplished French family doesn't end there, though. Her first cousin is '80s pop-star Elsa Lunghini.
8. When she was 14, Green was hit by the acting bug after seeing Isabelle Adjani, famed French actress, in "The Story of Adele H." (1975).
9. She was very shy and sensitive in her youth, making her parents reluctant to allow Green to act and become vulnerable on stage. Soon, though, they supported their daughters ambition.
10. She's not alone. Green admitted the atmosphere on the set of "Franklyn" (2008) was strange because her co-star Ryan Phillippe was also very shy.
11. Supported by her parents, the aspiring actress began taking drama courses in Paris and London before attending the American University of Paris, an English-speaking institution.
12. In a BBC interview, Green stated she "picked the really evil roles" at drama school because "it's a great way to deal with your everyday emotions."
13. After appearing on stage, Green migrated to film and made her screen debut in renowned director Bernardo Bertolucci's NC-17 "The Dreamers" (2003).
14. The role required extensive full-frontal nudity and graphic sex scenes. Both her parents, and even her agent, hoped she wouldn't take the part.
15. It definitely worked out for her. Director Ridley Scott took note of her performance in "The Dreamers" and cast Green in his medieval epic "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005).
16. And she was hired only a week before production began!
17. Her big break came in the James Bond film "Casino Royale" (2005), when she portrayed a Bond girl.
18. Green admitted she was reluctant to take the role, and even opted to not audition early in the process, but eventually the part came back to the actress. After reading the script and realizing Vesper Lynd (the character) was deeper than most Bond girls, Green agreed to a screen test and received the part.
19. After her breakout role in "Casino Royale," Green became an international sex symbol and topped several "Hot Lists," including being ranked as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history by Empire Magazine.
20. The actress also nearly worked with Lars von Trier, controversial director of films such as "Nymphomaniac" (2014) and "Melancholia" (2011). Green got along well with Trier, but admits that the nudity, sex, and violence just went a little too far.
21. As for her personal life, Green dated her "Kingdom of Heaven" co-star Marton Csokas, though they split in 2009 after four years together.
22. Prior to his involvement with Carla Bruni, French President Nicolas Sarkozy invited Green to join him on his campaign trail. They had never met and she politely declined.
23. The actress is a homebody and leads a low-key life, opting to hang at home "with a glass of wine and a good book" instead of partying.
24. She also plays classical music, having studied piano and flute.
25. Green is interested in taxidermy, and collects preserved skulls and insects. She owns a massive bull's head, which she admits "is quite shocking."
26. The actress filmed "300: Rise of an Empire" (2014) and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" (2014) back to back. Both films are sequels and based on comic books by Frank Miller.
27. (Bonus fact) Surprisingly, the actress is a natural dark blonde and started dying her hair black when she was a teenager.
[Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb]
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