a penny for euphoria

“People feel reassured when they put others in a box, put a label on it and of course I have this label saying ‘femme fatale, Gothic.’ I feel like I’m so not like this and I’ve done other things as well. When I hear the word ‘dark’ I don’t know what it means. For me, I like dense, complex stuff, I want something intense so maybe that is dark but I don’t want to be typecast. That’s quite scary and actually the movie that I just did with Alicia Vikander (Euphoria), I don’t look very sexy in it and there’s no kind playing the femme fatale.” Eva Green


Is it true that you collect insects and skulls? Does that freak guests out when they come round?

No, they’re all very beautiful. There’s this amazing shop in Paris called Deyrolle, and it’s the most beautiful taxidermist in the world. It has rare birds, camels, lions, everything. So I’ve got stuff from there. I have this enormous bull’s head, which is quite shocking. It’s an ancestor of the bull called an Aurochs, they don’t exist any more. I bought him because his eyes looked like he was asking for help in the shop. I was like, “OK, you’re going to come home with me.”


“It’s a tough business. As an actor you have to keep your vulnerability for your roles and at the same time you have to build an armor around yourself because there are so many…I have to find a polite word… arseholes. You have to have faith in yourself and remain strong. And, if you find that you’ve lost your passion one day, I think you should move on to something else.”  Eva Green

“When they put me in the “mysterious” box, sometimes I’m like, whatever. It’s because I have dark hair. [Laughs] It’s true that I don’t belong… I’ve always felt like this as a child. I feel like I’m floating, a tiny bit. I wish I could be more grounded. I don’t know how to put it. It’s shyness. At school, I was never in groups. I always had one best friend. If I had to speak in front of anybody, I would almost pass out. Anyway. So, now I’m doing this, you see.” Eva Green 

“I am a very shy person in life, very reserved, but you know, it’s Bernardo Bertolucci. I’ve seen “Last Tango in Paris” 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 anesthetized, because you have to be. You have to let yourself slip away and forget everything, forget the sound guy and all that.” Eva Green