Actress Eva Green on actors, directors and life lessons

It would have been easy to write off the French-born actress Eva Green as just another luscious Eurobabe willing to shed her clothes (in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers), or one in a long line of Bond girls who look good draped off 007’s arm (as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale). But in the 1930s-set drama Cracks, Green delivers a deft portrayal of the enigmatic boarding school teacher Miss G. She still looks fabulous (and, yes, does take off her clothes in one scene) but it’s a layered performance of a contrary character.

“She’s very modern, very cool,” Green says in a clipped, adopted London accent (she has lived in the UK for the past five years). “I wish I’d had a teacher like her.” The 29-year-old has a series of intriguing upcoming roles that should further prove she is more than just a pretty face. She stars with Ewan McGregor in apocalyptic romance The Last Word, is mooted to play a prostitute in a remake of Mona Lisa with Mickey Rourke, and, in Womb, plays a “very geeky” woman who wants to clone her dead lover, played by the new Doctor Who, Matt Smith. From Bond girl to grieving geek in four years — if that’s not range, then what is?



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