In a new interview with Empire, Casino Royale‘s Eva Green discusses her BAFTA Orange Rising Star award nomination, playing Vesper Lynd, the future, and more.
Saying she was ‘thrilled’ to be nominated, Green said of awards in general: ‘I think it’s very important to recognize talent in all facets of filmmaking. Making a movie is such a lengthy and intense experience, so it’s wonderful to honour actors, directors, producers and all crew members who put so much hard work and passion into a project.’
When asked about taking on the role of Vesper, she said: ‘Initially, when I heard that they were interested, I was a little cautious. I had not read the script and the words “Bond Girl” were swimming in my conscience. My first role was with Bertolucci and I’m inclined towards independent movies, so I worried about the stigma of the female role in a Bond movie, and thought that I would just be pouting and wearing a bikini. However, when I read the script, I fell in love with the role and also the way that Bond was portrayed. I saw a whole new Bond, and a role that was simply magnificent. So many layers–a character that had a strong facade but that was very vulnerable at the same time.’
‘It was a really well-written role on the page,’ said Green when asked if the character was strong from the beginning or if she had to bring out alot of the strength seen in the finished film. ‘I worked a lot with Lindy Hemming (the costume designer) to make her feminine but strong. I really didn’t want the character to be just one big cleavage and so we worked on finding sharply tailored suits. I wanted to make her like Ingrid Bergman in the 1940’s–strong and witty but also fragile and warm. Vesper Lynd was the first female role that Ian Fleming ever wrote so it was a great responsibility to make her fabulous–I just hope I pulled it off!’
Green’s next role is Serafina in The Golden Compass. Speaking about the film, she said: ‘I read the Philip Pullman trilogy and really liked the role–she’s strong and hundreds of years old. She is a witch who is a guide, philosopher and friend to Lyra. It is quite a mysterious role which I found attractive.’
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