True to her name, Eva Green is conscious when it comes to water conservation. "I don't have baths anymore. I take showers," says the French-born actress, who plays the witchy Morgan in "Camelot," Starz' new retelling of the Arthurian legend, premiering April 1. Best known for her role as Vesper Lynd in the 2006 version of "Casino Royale," Green eagerly took on the role she deems "a great character, full of colors. It's a gift. I always wanted to play dark characters, like Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra, so it was a dream. It's not a clichéd role. She's not evil. I see her more as damaged. She believes herself to be the rightful heir to the throne, but because she's a woman, she's denied it and she will do absolutely anything to get it back."
Morgan's nemesis is Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) "because he has put Arthur on the throne. But she kind of respects him," says Green. "She adores toying with him, like a cat with a mouse. We have a lot of taunting and teasing scenes." The two handle their abilities differently, she adds. "Merlin is kind of world-weary when it comes to magic. He has seen and experienced too much. For Morgan, magic is new to her, and she's drawn to it. It's very exciting, like a drug."
The ten-episode series shoots in Ireland, which Green adores. "I feel very at peace there. It's just magical and beautiful," she raves, happy to spend five months there playing something more than eye candy. "It's not a girlfriend role. It's a real ballsy character. She has guts, and that's nice to play." Having completed a film called "Perfect Sense" with Ewan McGregor, "a love story with the background of a worldwide epidemic," she's attached to a Maria Callas bio project, now in the scripting stage, and will likely play Angelique opposite Johnny Depp in a film version of the gothic-horror TV series "Dark Shadows."
"I need to feel proud of my work and I need to be in love with a character," Green says. "I can't just do work and work and work. I work less maybe than other actors because of that, but I need to be passionate about it."