MOTW: Getting to Know Actress Eva Green

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Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
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March 6th, 2014

Eva Gaelle Green was born on July 5, 1980, in Paris, France. Her parents are Walter Green and Marlene Jobert. The actress is 5'6" tall and has a twin, Joy, though the sisters are not identical. Joy lives in Normandy where she raises horses with her husband who is an Italian count. Eva's father, Walter, is a dentist who appeared in one film, "Au Hasard Balthazar" in 1966. Her mother, Marlene, chose to retire from acting and became the author of children's books. Marlene was born in Algeria, which at that time was a part of France, and is from Shephardic Jewish heritage. Walter is of French and Swedish descent. Her great-grandfather was famous music critic and French composer Paul Le Flem.

Eva attended French schools until she was 17. Afterward she attended English school in Ramsgate, Kent. She also studied at the American School in France for one year. Eva attended acting classes at the St. Paul Drama School in Paris for three years. After completing her acting studies, she attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London for a 10-week-long polishing course. Eva then moved to New York City to study directing at the Tisch School of Arts.

Once Eva completed her dramatic training, she returned to her hometown of Paris. Here she became an accomplished actress, performing on stage in theatrical productions such as "Turcaret" and "La Jalousie en Trois Fax." During her time as a stage actress Eva developed a working relationship with director Bernardo Bertolucci. Bertolucci encouraged Eva to improve her English language skills. She worked with an English dialect coach for two months before beginning work on "The Dreamers" (2003) with Bertolucci. Because of the full frontal nudity required by the role, Eva gained a lot of male attention. She also won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Isabelle in the film. At this time Eva also began work as a composer, working on the original music featured in "The Dreamers."

Roles came more quickly to Eva after the success of "The Dreamers." The young actress was cast as the love interest in "Adventures of Arsene Lupin" (2004) where she played opposite Romain Duris. After this she joined Liam Neeson and Orlando Bloom in the Ridley Scott directed blockbuster "Kingdom of Heaven" in 2005. This role earned her international exposure which translated quickly into more prestigious film roles. Eva went on to star as one of three Bond girls, Vesper Lynd, opposite Daniel Craig in the 2006 hit "Casino Royale." She was the fifth French actress to play a Bond girl in a major motion picture. To play Vesper Lynd, Eva turned down the role of femme fatale Madeleine Linscott in "The Black Dahlia." Eva chose the role in "Casino Royale" because she was afraid of being typecast as a femme fatale after the international success of "The Dreamers."

After being a Bond girl, Eva went on to star in "The Golden Compass" in 2007 alongside Daniel Criag and Nicole Kidman. She also appeared in the 2009 independent film "Cracks" and as Rebecca in 2010's "Clone." 2011 found Eva as both Susan in the film "Perfect Sense" and in the starring role of Morgan on the television mini-series "Camelot." Eva returned to international attention and fame in 2012, starring alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's highly anticipated "Dark Shadows." The film "Dark Shadows" is based on the widely popular cult television show of the same name that aired between 1966 and 1971. Eva played Anjelique Bouchard, the love interest of Depp's Barnabas Collins. Anjelique turned Barnabas into a vampire for breaking her heart and then trapped him in a sealed coffin until the 1970s when he was released and reunited with the scorned witch.

After her turn in the world of Tim Burton, Eva starred in "White Bird in a Blizzard" and "300: Rise of an Empire" in 2014. "300: Rise of an Empire" is the sequel to the 2006 hit "300." In this film Eva stars as Artemisia, the commander of the Persian Navy who leads forces side-by-side with Xerxes, a mortal who became a god.

Eva Green is a multicultural, multilingual actress who speaks French and English. Since her father always resided in France, neither she nor her sister can speak Swedish. Outside of her acting and musical careers, Eva has a vested interest in the arts, often visiting art museums. The actress also enjoys playing music, cooking and spending time with her pet terrier. Eva has two residences, one in London, England, and another in her hometown of Paris, France.