Eva Green

Auteur's muse

STEVEN RUSSELLPosted Mar 24, 2005 12:00 AM

You Know Her From The Dreamers, the 2003 Bernardo Bertolucci art-house sensation in which the then-novice French actress earned as much attention for her assured performance as for her explicit menage-a-trois scenes. "I'm very reserved in real life," says Green, 24, "but when Bertolucci asks you to do a movie, you do it. Nudity is just another costume. Perverts might think otherwise."

The Breakthrough Another grandmaster, director Ridley Scott, has trusted Green with playing nothing less than the queen of Jerusalem in Kingdom of Heaven, his summer epic about the Crusades. "It was so different," Green says. "One of my first days was my coronation scene, shot in this huge cathedral in Spain, with music and incense and hundreds of extras in costume. I had to pinch myself."

Play It Again Green, who honed her talent in drama school, plans to return to theater when she can. "Onstage, every night you create something new," she says. "Plus, you have your audience right there -- it's like performing for the gods."

C'est La Vie Already picky, Green rejects many of the film offers that come her way. "It's hard to start out with Bertolucci and Scott," she says, sighing. "I'm spoiled. Who knows -- maybe in ten years I will have stopped acting and be living in a castle in Ireland with a pack of dogs."