Eva Green, the Paris-born actress who honed her craft at a London drama school, is well versed with disrobing for the camera thanks to a string of risqué performances over the years which have shown her in several different states of undress on the big screen. But she doesn’t just get her kit off for the sake of it.
“I never do them if they’re gratuitous,” the 34-year-old says. She’s big on those nude scenes being integral to the portrayal of a character and the overall story of a film but Americans (or rather American censors) aren’t always as open.
“It is quite paradoxical, because in America there is so much violence, both on the streets and on the screen. They think nothing of it.”
There are so many legitimate things to be upset about besides nipples.
When a Sin City: A Dame to Kill For poster featuring Green was banned by American censors for the “curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown”, she seemed baffled. “It’s kind of bizarre,” she says. “They should be more concerned about the wars that are happening. There are so many legitimate things to be upset about besides nipples.”
With all this talk of nipples and nudity one can’t forget that Eva Green hasn’t simply made her way by baring it all. She starred as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, showing off her brains rather than her bikini. In Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows she stole the show despite being part of a cast that included Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.
Away from the silver screen, the self-confessed nerd stars in the 2015 edition of the iconic Campari calendar and she’s taking on the small screen in the TV series Penny Dreadful. Although it appears Green is on some workaholic-type spree with several projects on the go, she admits she’s very choosy because she pours so much into each new venture
“I’m very picky. I like to do things that I adore. It can’t be in between. I cannot do work just for the sake of it. And I know sometimes I’m like, ‘I should do this. I would learn from it.’ But it’s hard for me. Because it’s not a job. It’s almost like a faith or a religion. Every time, I give a bit of my soul.”