Eva Green

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Eva Gaëlle Green was born 6 July 1980 and is a French actress and model.

She is the daughter of Marlène Jobert, an actress and singer, and Walter Green, a dentist and occasional actor. Her father is of Breton and Swedish descent; through him, she is the great-granddaughter of composer Paul Le Flem. Her mother, a native of French Algeria, later moved to Metropolitan France. She was born two minutes earlier than her fraternal twin sister, Joy.

Green is Jewish, as is her mother, who has Sephardic Jewish ancestry. She has described her family as “bourgeois” and has said that her sister is very different from her. Green is naturally dark blonde; she has dyed her hair brown since she was 15 years old. She is the niece of actress Marika Green and the maternal first cousin of singer Elsa Lunghini and actress Joséphine Jobert. The surname “Green” is Swedish. It does not originate from the English word “green”, which is “grön” in Swedish. “Green” is derived from the Swedish word “gren”, which means “tree branch”. 

Green was raised in France and attended the American University of Paris, an English-speaking institution. She also spent time between London and Ireland growing up. She was quiet in school, and developed an interest in Egyptology when she visited the Louvre at age seven. At age 14, after seeing Isabelle Adjani in The Story of Adele H., Green decided to become an actress. Her mother initially feared that an acting career would be too much for her sensitive daughter, but later came to support her ambitions. Green continued her studies at St. Paul Drama School in Paris, and took an acting course at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After that, Green returned to Paris, where she performed in several plays. Green stated that when she was in drama school, she always picked the really evil roles because it was a great way to deal with your everyday emotions.

She started her career in theatre before making her film debut in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2003). She achieved international recognition for her portrayal of Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem in Ridley Scott’s historical epic Kingdom of Heaven (2005). The following year, she played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006).

Green has since starred in numerous independent films, including Cracks (2009), Womb (2010), and Perfect Sense (2011). In 2014, she played Artemisia in the 300 sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Ava Lord in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Green is also known for her collaborations with director Tim Burton, starring as Angelique Bouchard in the horror comedy film Dark Shadows (2012), Miss Alma Peregrine in the fantasy film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), and Colette Marchant in the fantasy film Dumbo (2019). For her role as an astronaut mother in the drama film Proxima (2019), she earned a nomination for the César Award for Best Actress.

Green starred as Morgan Pendragon in the Starz historical fantasy series Camelot (2011). She also starred as Vanessa Ives in the Showtime horror drama series Penny Dreadful (2014–2016).

Green considers herself “nerdy”. She also says that when people first meet her, they find her very cold. She keeps herself at a distance, and she thinks that’s why she’s so drawn to acting. It allows her to wear a mask. She lives alone and, by her own account, leads a low-key life when she is not working. She is a bit of a homebody. She doesn’t like clubbing or going to wild parties. After a day of shooting, she loves to come home and relax by the fire with a glass of wine and a good book.  

When asked about her preference to play graphic, sexually charged roles, Green described it as “paradoxical” given her self-confessed shyness. Green also favors dark, twisted characters, as they allow her to feel liberated. However, she has tried to take a variety of divergent roles in order to avoid being typecast. 

Despite her Jewish ancestry, Green is non-religious, though she describes herself as “very spiritual” and having complex beliefs about supernatural forces. She has expressed interests in taxidermy and entomology; she collects preserved skulls and insects. 

Green has expressed interest in returning to the theatre. She says she has no plans to work in Hollywood full-time because the problem with Hollywood is that the studios are super powerful and have far more power than the directors. Her ambition at this moment is just to find a good script. 

In 2017, she revealed that Harvey Weinstein made an inappropriate advance during a business meeting but she pushed him off.