Dialogue: Eva Green, on Being Shy, Her Inner 'Dark Shadows,' and Kissing Johnny Depp

Dialogue: Eva Green, on Being Shy, Her Inner 'Dark Shadows,' and Kissing Johnny Depp

May 11, 2012

In the year 1750, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), a witch in every sense of the word, cursed Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) by turning him into a vampire and burying him alive. Nearly two centuries later, Barnabas is free and sets out to restore his family name but first he must confront the wicked witch of Collinsport. Based on the late 1960s popular television series created by Dan Curtis comes Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, marking Burton and Depp’s eighth collaboration. Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloë Grace Moretz and Jackie Earle Haley join the cast.

Movies.com had the opportunity to sit with Eva Green in Beverly Hills to talk about her upcoming role in 300: The Battle of Artemisia, her shyness, her dream director, and of course all things Dark Shadows.

Movies.com: What was the audition process like for you for Dark Shadows?
Eva Green:
I was actually in Los Angeles promoting the Camelot series, I was flying back to London the next day, and my agent said, “Tim Burton would like to meet you.” I thought, ok, why not? I met him for about 10 minutes and I asked if [the film] was like an Addams Family story and he said, “No, no, I’ll give you the script and if you want we can meet again, if you want.” We finally did meet again. He was worried that I couldn’t do an American accent so he called my dialect coach and he said, “Yeah, she can do an American accent.” Lies. [Laughs] I got the part without having to audition. That never happened to me.

Movies.com: Angelique is powerful, in control, and can go toe-to-toe with Barnabus. Do you find it difficult to find meaty, strong roles for you in Hollywood?

Green: There aren’t many. There are too many actors. We have to fight for those parts. It’s fun to play someone bold and not the girlfriend. To tell you the truth I’ve been playing such strong characters, now I’m thinking of playing a simple character, maybe a cleaning lady. [Laughs] My characters always have something else to offer, they’re resilient and fragile, there’s always something going on.

Movies.com: Would you consider a horror film? Do you have a favorite that comes to mind?

Green: My favorite horror film is The Shining. I love Jack Nicholson; he makes me laugh in it. I like Japanese horror films, they’re quite good. I don’t know about acting in one. There’s a lot of screaming. 

Movies.com: Does it weird you out when people place you on “top sexiest” lists?

Green: I separate myself from my public image. I know people have this image of me based on the characters that I play, confident. It makes me laugh that they don’t know that I’m really crying inside. [Laughs]

Movies.com: Are you shy?

Green: I’m very shy. I was thinking had I auditioned for Tim [Burton] maybe I wouldn’t have gotten the role because I get so stressed. I can’t stop sweating before an audition. I’m not good at auditioning. I’m terrible. I can’t focus, not good.

Movies.com: What actually makes you stressed?

Green: It’s more the bullshit and competition you have to deal with. For roles, I work, I prep a lot. I believe in work and it kills the stress.

Movies.com: Speaking of prepping, have you started training for 300: The Battle of Artemisia? Tell us about your character.

Green: It's my first action film. It’s a very strong role. I started training about a week ago. I’m scheduled to train four hours a day. My main scenes are with Sullivan Stapleton but we haven’t started shooting. My character is commander of the Persian navy. She’s a man. She could be played by a man, actually. She fights intensely.

Movies.com: Are there any directors you’re itching to work with or actors that inspire you?

Green: Jane Campion, that’s my big dream.  I met Jane two years ago. She’s a beautiful woman with a great love for film. She’s very wise. Cate Blanchett, she blows me away. She’s just magical. She’s everything that an actress should be.

Movies.com: What do you think makes Johnny Depp so different from all the other actors you’ve worked with?

Green: He takes risks. You never know what he’s going to do next. He has an amazing imagination. He doesn’t stay in the box. Playing against him is what makes it a treat.

Movies.com: Great kisser?

Green: Great kisser. [Laughs]

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