"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." Eva Green
Half French, half Swedish actress Eva Green gained moviegoers' notice while shooting naked scenes in her debut film, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers (2003). More recent, Green starred with Orlando Bloom in the epic war drama film, Kingdom of Heaven.
On stage, Green has received acclaim for acting in a production of Jalousie en Trois Fax. She is also recognized as the image for the Emporio Aramani promotions.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of French actress Marlène Jobert and Swedish dentist and actor Walter Green, Eva Gaelle Green was born on July 5, 1980 in Paris, France. Eva has a fraternal twin sister, Joy, who is currently studying in a business school. Eva is also the niece of French actress Marika Green.
Kingdom of Heaven
"Onstage, every night you create something new... plus, you have your audience right there. It's like performing for the gods." Eva Green
Growing up in a family abundant with acting skill, Eva Green followed her predecessors and honed into her acting skills in drama school. She also performed on several stage productions and earned a Les Molieres award nomination for acting in the play Jalousie en Trois Fax.
Green initiated her professional acting work appearing on several French TV series. She has guest spotted in such shows as Tout le monde en parle (in 2001) and Comme au cinema (in 2003).
In 2003, Eva eventually landed on the big screen. Film director Bernardo Bertolucci handed her the lead role of Isabelle in his classic drama, The Dreamers (also starring American actor Michael Pitt). Her performance, including sexual scenes, received mixed reviews.
"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 anaesthetized because you have to be. You have to let yourself slip away and forget everything, forget the sound guy and all that." Eva Green
Eva Green returned to Europe in the next year to star in Jean-Paul Salomé's adaptation of Maurice Leblanc's novel, Arsène Lupin (2004).
2005 is Green's debut year in Hollywood. She teamed with Orlando Bloom, portraying exotic and forbidden Jerusalem queen Sybilla, in Ridley Scott's classic adventure, Kingdom of Heaven. Being asked about the film, Green said, "It was so different... One of my first days was my coronation scene, shot in this huge cathedral in Spain, with music and incense and hundreds of extras in costume. I had to pinch myself."
The young actress is being selective in choosing films. She admitted, "It's hard to start out with Bertolucci and Scott. I'm spoiled. Who knows, maybe in ten years I will have stopped acting and be living in a castle in Ireland with a pack of dogs." Eva Green