A-List: Eva Green
Later that year, Green starred opposite former 007 Timothy Dalton and former teen heartthrob Josh Hartnett in Showtime’s horror series, Penny Dreadful.
Dalton played the father of Mina Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Green played her childhood friend with a dark secret. Together, they enlist the help of a mysterious American played by Hartnett to save Mina from vampires. Other characters from Victorian literature also make appearances.
Showtime gave the series a strong promotional push by offering a free week of Showtime so non-subscribers could check it out. The show received positive reviews and strong ratings causing Showime to order a second season.
While Penny Dreadful was airing on cable, Green could be seen in the Danish Western, The Salvation.
Mads Mikkelsen stars as a peaceful settler whose family is murdered. Since this is a Western – albeit a Danish Western – Mikklesen hunts down and kills the man who killed his family. This upsets the killer’s brother, an outlaw played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Green played the killer’s widow.
The Salvation opened in Denmark. I’m sure they loved it.
In August of 2014, Green was part of the ensemble for Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For.
Green played the titular dame, but her part was a relatively small one in a crowded cast. The cast for Robert Rodriguez’s noir sequel included Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta and Christopher Lloyd. The movie consists of vignettes that take place both before and after the original film making it part sequel and part prequel.
Before it’s release, Sin City 2 made headlines with a controversial poster. It seems Green’s nipples were too racy for the MPAA which banned a poster featuring her in a see-through blouse.
Green discussed the controversy and American views on nudity on Jimmy Kimmel Live:
Sin City 2 received mostly negative reviews and bombed at the box office. It opened at an embarrassing eighth place at the box office. But here’s the thing. The movie’s failure has nothing to do with Green. The main problem was that it took nearly a decade to make a sequel. By the time the sequel was finally released, the green screen technique that made the first movie a hit was old hat. Frank Miller himself had released the atrocity The Spirit which unsuccessfully mined the same territory. By the time Sin City 2 came out, the only person who cared was my Sin City-obsessed brother-in-law, Pete. We try not to talk about him. And even Pete told me the sequel didn’t live up to the original.
Rodriguez and Miller will take the fall for Sin City 2. Green is going to be remembered as the sexy femme fatale with banned boobs. She’s too hot for American audiences! This can’t be anything but good for her career.
Later this year, Green will appear in the thriller, White Bird in a Blizzard.
The movie is set in 1988. Green plays a mother who mysteriously disappears leaving behind her daughter played by Shailene Woodley.
Looking at the choices she has made, it seems pretty obvious to me that Green isn’t interested in mainstream movie stardom. She’s attracted to dark, sexy material with complex characters and concepts. While Green frequently burns of the screen with her sexuality (and let’s face it, she’s one of few modern actresses about whom that can be said), she’s not afraid to look ugly or at least sexy-ugly if you know what I mean.
Is Green ever going to be an A-list star? I doubt it. For an actress, that would mean starring in rom coms and playing girlfriend/wife roles. Green seems positively bored by the idea. She prefers to play powerful and sometimes psychotic women. She’s got a quality that is extremely rare in Hollywood. And while it probably won’t make her a star, it should keep her working for a long, long time.