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FILM & CULTURE Eva Green is back from space. Or, at least, the closest you can get to it without actually spending a few decades training as an astronaut. The French actor this summer completed shooting for forthcoming science fiction action-drama Proxima, in which she plays an astronaut headed for a year’s rotation on the International Space Station. The Alice Winocour film, which hits the screen in 2019, was shot in locations used by real-life astronauts, including top-flight training facilities in Germany, Russia and Kazakhstan. “That was special because no film crew has been to some of these places before for this kind of work,” says Green. An important, and grueling, part of preparing for the role was intense training, working with astronauts who helped her get a sense of life in space. “I had to do lots of [multiaxial] spinning, and the spacesuit is very heavy, too. You need a strong butt as an astronaut!” grins the 38-year-old. But it’s wearing the mental makeup of an astronaut that makes this such a demanding role. “My character in Proxima has a young daughter, so she is very conflicted. It’s a very human story,” Green reveals. “I’m in awe; astronauts are real heroes,” she continues. “It requires so much mental strength to go up there, to leave behind your family, your life… Astronauts say that they never feel wholly back when they return — that they’ve left something of themselves up there. They work so hard to do something so extraordinary that it’s hard for the rest of us to relate to it. To me, this makes them almost supernatural.” This otherworldly, ethereal quality comes naturally to Green. Viewers around the world have come to know her as a woman with a flair for the poetic — but also one with, in all the best ways, something very noir about her. This is reflected in her filmography. She has excelled in dreamy, and often dark, title roles; in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) she played a strict headmistress who could transform into a falcon and From her film debut in The Dreamers to her breakout role in the Casino Royale alongside Daniel Craig, Green has reveled in playing strong and mysterious characters “I’M SO SCARED OF HEIGHTS I DIDN’T KNOW IF I COULD DO IT. I SURPRISED MYSELF A LOT” manipulate time. And on the small screen, she was cast as a witch in the horror series Penny Dreadful. Green recently completed another high-flying role, in Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo. In her third collaboration with the phantasmagorical auteur, she plays a trapeze artist — no mean feat for a woman with a confessed fear of heights. “I surprised myself a lot,” she cheerfully admits of the role. “I’m so scared of heights that I didn’t know if I could do it. But I had wonderful people who taught me. They were very patient — I started quite low to the ground and then worked my way up, literally. It was very physical as well — you need really strong arms and abs.” This, then, is the Green way: to boldly go where few actresses have gone before, even if that means spinning upside down and embracing your vertigo head on, in space or in a circus tent. It’s this attitude — cool but gung-ho; thoughtful but adventurous; as comfortable with her PHOTOGRAPHY: PICTURE ALLIANCE/EVERETT COLLECTION, CINELIZ/ALLPIX/LAIF 44 THE JAGUAR


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