Eva Green claims she’s a shy, unpopular geek: do you believe her?


Remember when everyone thought Eva Green and Johnny Depp were maybe/probably having an affair several years back? It was right around the end of his relationship with Vanessa Paradis, during the time we now know he was courting/romancing Amber Heard. But I always wondered if Eva and Johnny had something at one point. We’ll probably never know. These days, the rumor going around is that Eva is possibly romancing Tim Burton, who directed her in another film (which she’s currently promoting) called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It comes out in September, so that’s why Goth Princess Eva Green is on the cover of the August issue of W Magazine. I think very highly of Eva’s beauty, and this editorial does not do her justice at all. You can see W’s cover package here, and here are some highlights from the interview:

Her witchy image: “People have this image of me as being otherworldly…”

Miss Peregrine: “Miss Peregrine is like a dark Mary Poppins. She has the ability to manipulate time and uses her powers to protect the children. Miss Peregrine will kill for them… And she does! Which was fun.”

What Tim Burton says about his rumored lover: “Eva was not instantly knowable. There was something private and mysterious about her, and that’s not common in this day and age. People think she’s ‘dark,’ but she’s more interesting than that. People assume I’m dark too, but I’m really not. Is it just because I wear dark clothing? Do people want me to be in a white suit, like Mr. Roarke from Fantasy Island?! Eva faces the same dilemma. We share a complicated way of looking at things. We both have an interest in the unusual.” (It has been rumored that Burton and Green are romantically involved. “All I can say is that Eva seems to be his new muse,” said a close friend of the director’s. “He finds her very inspiring.”)

She was a geek in her younger years: “I was not popular in school. I was a real geek, hugging the walls. I blushed whenever the teacher would ask me a question. I was paralyzed.”

Early crushes included Jack Nicholson in The Shining & Marlon Brando in Last Tango in Paris. “I love Nicholson when he goes crazy with the ax! And when I was 15, I had an enormous poster of Last Tango in Paris on my wall. I was obsessed with the director, Bernardo Bertolucci.”

She’s fine with doing nudity: “It is very paradoxical. I am so shy, and, at the same time, I kind of expose myself literally to thousands of people. I don’t really understand why I do that. I need to go through therapy!”

Her role in Casino Royale: “At first, when they approached me, I thought it would be me wearing a bikini and being beautiful, so I said I wouldn’t audition. Then they sent me the script, and I saw that Bond was falling in love with my character—that she was sensitive and full of secrets. I could understand that. And in Casino Royale, I had to die. I die in a lot of movies. I don’t know why—it’s one of the unusual things about my career. I guess it’s a big rehearsal for the inevitable.”

[From W Magazine]

“I was not popular in school. I was a real geek, hugging the walls.” I believe that she was unpopular, but I think the word “geek” might be misapplied here? She sounds like a nervous, high-strung kid who didn’t have a lot of friends, but not really a “geek” the way we think of geeks these days. And I consistently find it extraordinary that all of these beautiful actors (around the world!) were all so geeky and unpopular when they were young. Bulls—t! Some of them were the popular Mean Girls, some of them were jocks, some of them had lots of friends.

So, do you think Eva and Tim are banging? I went into it thinking “no,” but after I read his quotes… maybe? Like, is Eva his new muse after he split from Helena Bonham Carter?


Photos courtesy of WENN and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for W.

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  1. freebunny says:

    Her mother is a famous french actress and from what she said about her daughters I believe Eva.

  2. Amy says:

    She lools much better smiling.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      I must disagree, or at least protest!

      Eva has one of the most glorious, stone-cold, work-of-art Bitchfaces in the world. When she glares, time stops. She’s spectacular! 😀

  3. Maria says:

    i highly doubt those rumours are true. why would she date Tim Burton? totally out of his league.

  4. BengalCat2000 says:

    God I love her!

    • QQ says:

      ya know, I came late on the Eva train, It took me watching her in that Showtime show I was just mesmerized with how Unusual she looks and how much physicality that sh*t required outta her, but HONK for Eva

    • Kitten says:


    • Megan says:

      Me, too. She is so beautiful and has such a sexy voice.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      Me too. Her performance as Ms. Ives on “Penny Dreadful” was everything. I am so sad the series ended, and I know I am going to get slammed for this, but I like it far better then “Game of Thrones.”

      And yes Megan, her voice is what helps her as an actress, it is pretty exceptional.

      • Em says:

        I loved her on Penny Dreadful too. She should have gotten an Emmy for that performance. Hoping she gets nominated for one this year but I’m not holding my breath considering how consistently overlooked the entire series has been. I wish it had gotten renewed.

      • pinetree13 says:


        I hated the ending though. HATED IT! To me it’s like they rushed to quickly end it. They needed a few more episodes at least 🙁

      • Ange says:


        Pinetree: me too! lOVED the show but what was the point of the whole Wolf of God thing if he was just going to rush in to the vampire lair in the middle of the day and then shoot her?!

      • mayamae says:

        The ending of Penny Dreadful was horrific. I’m still a little disturbed by it. They obviously had a last minute notification of cancellation, and just threw an ending together. What bothers me is the show lying that this has always been their vision, and they never planned beyond three seasons. Absolutely no notification this was a series finale, until the “THE END”, thrown on at the end.

        I do suspect that Eva Green was either holding out on agreeing to a fourth season, or had announced she wouldn’t be back. There’s no other explanation for the heroine of the show, the character every other character revolves around, appearing for only five minutes in a two hour finale. It was character assassination for Vanessa in the end. It really reminded me of how Shonda Rhimes writes off characters when the actor has angered her.

      • Melanie says:

        YES to all my fellow Penny Dreadful lovers that hated the ending. I was in shock when I saw “The End”. Agree totally with Ange on the Wolf of God story. They took me on a great ride with that storyline, and to have it end like that? Lazy writing and really mean to the fans.

        What a clunker of an ending. I haven’t been this disappointed in a series finale since Lost. The episodes Ms. IVes did with John Claire were tearjerking and totally deserving of Emmy’s for both of them. But the ending, which I guess was supposed to elicit pangs of sadness for the viewer, did nothing for me.

        I really like Eva and I hope she’s not dating Tim Burton. He just gets creepier with each passing year. And he hasn’t had an original idea in decades! If she’s his new “muse”, she should watch her back. Just ask Lisa Marie (the OG muse) or HBC how that turned out for them.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Honk! honk!

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    It may be true that she was shy and unpopular, but I think that beautiful women often say things like that so people won’t think their entire existence has been easy and blessed. So who knows? I personally find her very artificial looking. Technically beautiful but not at all interesting. But that may just be these pictures.

    • tracking says:

      It’s these bland pictures imo. Have you seen any of her films, GNAT? She is drop-dead gorgeous.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        I’ve seen her in loads of stuff and she’s just one of those people whose beauty I just don’t see. Same with Rosie HW. Everyone claims they’re stunnning but I just don’t see it.

      • BengalCat2000 says:

        These pictures don’t do her justice. Beauty is subjective of course, but I could stare at that face all day long.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I saw Casino Royale, but I really don’t remember her. I’ll look at some other pics, though, thanks.

      • Kitten says:

        I hate to use the word “intensity” (because barf) but yeah..she has it.

      • mee says:

        she was gorgeous in casino royale, i thought, and not all to do with her physical looks as much as her presence, her character’s personality, and her mix of vulnerability and strength.

    • GiGi says:

      I think many “beautiful” people are not those who peaked in High School and so many actually did have the experience of being uncool, unpopular, nerdy, geeky, etc.

      • ell says:

        @Slushee, same. i even did modelling as as teen, exactly because i’m a bit weird and striking looking, but i was never cute. i’m angular and kinda ‘elvish-like’, but until i started modelling i never thought of myself as pretty. i’m also shy and introverted, so i totally believe eva.

      • Melanie says:

        I remember seeing pictures of her when she was young, middle school and high school age. She was kind of dorky. Not ugly by any means, but just an average looking girl. Plus her mom was an actress and well known in France. Somewhat of a sex symbol for her time. So I imagine growing up with a sexy, famous mom could make you feel rather nerdy at that age.

        Other random stuff I learned was she has a fraternal twin (they look nothing alike to me, not even like sisters) and her mom totally reminds me of Jennifer Grey! Pictures of her mom from probably the eighties, with her short curly hair, I swear she’s a dead ringer for Jennifer Grey.

    • Erinn says:

      I feel like 90% of the “I was unpopular, I was a geek” is just said to sound relatable. But I also bet you a lot of the actors/actresses who say that were off-putting to their peers. The “I’m going to be a staaarrrrr” kind of dramatic behavior. The kids I went to school with who were big into acting/plays/drama WEREN’T generally the most beloved kids either – but my god a lot of them were grating. They seemed to think they were in a league of their own because they performed in freaking small town plays at the local theatre, or because they’d get to sing O’Canada at a Remembrance Day service.

      I also don’t see it with Eva. I’ve never found her beautiful. I think though, you could grab nearly anyone off the street, style them like a celebrity, do their hair, and their makeup, and make them look great. Eva – to me anyway – is really not stunning at all. Something to do with her brow area and her mouth… I’m not sure what it is. I just don’t find her features to be anything all that special? It’s completely personal opinion – and I mean it’s all subjective. But I don’t see it.

      • Flowerchild says:

        Yes I google her because posters saying these photos don’t do her justice and I just don’t think she beautiful or pretty.

    • Wren says:

      When has being a teenager ever been easy? I think many people have negative words to associate with that time, no matter how attractive and successful they are as adults. Even the mean girls, the popular kids, had problems. The whole thing is an act anyway to cover their own insecurities, which based on some of the behavior I witnessed ran deep and swift.

      Also, if she was a Drama Kid, that group tends to be an easy butt of jokes. Even the prettiest girl in the group would still be made to feel self conscious and ridiculed. I considered myself unpopular in high school, but I still had friends. We just weren’t “cool”.

    • ell says:

      tbf being shy is a personality trait that has little to do with how handsome you are.

    • pinetree13 says:

      GNAT I agree when most actresses say this it’s to be relate-able but with Eva I fully believe it’s true.

  6. Locke Lamora says:

    I don’t know, she might as well been geeky, but when all these beautiful people claim to be geeky and unpopular, you don’t believe anyone anymore.
    I also find it funny when people think they’re so dark and unique. Chances are they’re probably not.

    • OhDear says:

      Agreed – they also say this stuff because they want to seem relatable, as geeks and nerds are “in” these days.

    • Bridget says:

      Somehow every gorgeous actor and actress nowaday was (or still is) a huge geek. Sure.

    • Twinky says:

      I believe her. In my experience, most teen boys gravitate towards girls who are pretty, dress somewhat “sexy”, and are accessible. True beauties often get overlooked in highschool because they don’t have that “girl next door look”. If they are shy as well, they can be seen as aloof, and if they don’t fit in with the cheerleader crowd, then they won’t be popular either.

  7. tracking says:

    Burton’s comments are quite intimate imo. I think they are seeing each other. It’s not uncommon for shy kids to turn to acting to express themselves and she’s not out there getting pap’d all the time; I buy this too. She’s very likable in this interview: “I guess it’s a big rehearsal for the inevitable”–LOL!

  8. Pepper says:

    Everyone I’ve ever known who was into acting has been either shy and awkward with drama classes or community plays being their release, or they’ve been loud and extroverted and had lots of friends, but were definitely a bit geeky and not ‘cool’ in the high school sense.

    Apart from sportspeople and dancers and musicians who just kind of fell into acting, I have no trouble believing most actors weren’t exactly the coolest kids.

    Eva has a lot of niche interests and she’s always come across as shy and a bit weird in interviews. If that isn’t really how she is, it’s an odd act to choose when mysterious and sensual would suit her image and career much better.

  9. Helen says:

    As she is French, the word geek might have a slightly different nuance to its meaning.

    Also, if you watch any of her interviews, she does seem shy and a bit goofy. 🙂

  10. Sarah_h says:

    Eva is amazing but these pictures do not do her justice. She was brilliant in Penny Dreadful and will no doubt knock it out of the park in this new movie.

    • Brin says:

      Loved her in Penny Dreadful, can’t believe it’s over.

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        Me neither, it was my favorite show. The writing was so poetic.

      • pinetree13 says:

        I AM STILL MOURNING THE ENDING OF THAT SHOW! Also hated the last episode. It did not do her justice.

        The series was amazing and I highly recommend it to people.

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        I agree, Pinetree 13. Despite, the writer saying they planned on ending the series after three seasons, I have a gut feeling they were notified by Showtime while filming, hence what happened.

        The writers are now saying they may consider having a spin off series. But without Ms. Ives, there would be a huge, gaping hole.

    • lana86 says:

      she is gorgeous, beyond compare both for looks and charisma

  11. lisa2 says:

    She has an air about her that reminds me of Helena.. so I can see why he would be drawn to her. She will get more traction in his movies. She is a beautiful woman but she hasn’t burst out the way you would think she would. So an association with Tim would help with that.

    People become attracted to people you wouldn’t imagine they would be. So it is not impossible to believe they are a couple. His comments sound like he knows her beyond her just starring in his film. We will see if true at some point.

  12. Ainsley says:

    Oh my god I miss Penny Dreadful. I tried so hard not to cry my face hurt. That show broke my heart lol.

    • Pamela says:

      Me too! So heartbreaking.

    • Josefina says:

      That finale was devastating. Not just because of the story itself, but because the show was taken away from us so abruptly. The season was going SO good, and then the whole thing’s over. Ugh.

      I hate it, because I think the main reason this season did bad with the ratings was because they were dumb enough to put it in the same time as GoT. And that just makes me furious, because as far as writing goes, this season of PD DESTROYED GoT. The quality they had for the last 2 episodes was more or less the quality PD kept the whole season.

      • pinetree13 says:

        But it came on after Game of thrones! Same night but for me I watched GoT and then it immediately followed.

        Awful that it had to end so abruptly. One of the best series I have ever seen. Her acting was hauntingly good.

      • mayamae says:

        The first hour of the two hour finale went up against Game of Thrones. I posted up thread how I feel, but Showtime really fu*ked this up badly. I’m not sure I will watch any new series they offer. The very reason I watch the premium series, besides the higher quality, is that I trust the show will be followed through on. I rarely invest in a network drama anymore. So often it’s dropped midway through the first year, or simply dumped after a series cliffhanger.

      • pinetree13 says:

        Huh maybe it depends where you live but even the finale for me came on AFTER the GOT episode? For me GOT came on every sunday at 9:00 pm and then Penny Dreadful followed every 10:00 pm, even the finale.

  13. Betti says:

    Have always been a fan of hers and yes she definitely is buttons new muse.

    Isn’t she a natural blonde?

    • Truthful says:

      yes she IS a natural blonde! can you believe it! I can’t!

      • Josefina says:

        It’s incredible how much hair can contribute to your whole persona. As a blonde Eva does nothing to me – she’s an interchangeable pretty actress like any other. But black hair makes her so sexy and mysterious, it’s what brings all these qualities that make Eva a really unique actress in modern Hollywood.

  14. MissMerry says:

    it interests me that she has an english-sounding accent but she’s french…

    also, i love everything about her. i would watch her eat a PB and J sandwich.

    I’m so sad that Penny Dreadful is over, but I saw her in the trailer for Miss Peregrines and I’m on the 3rd book of the series and it’s not too bad.

    Also, I appreciate her straight eyebrows. Not many actresses have that these days.

    1 more thing: it seems like Burton has a pattern of dating his muses, so I believe that rumor totally.

  15. Insomniac says:

    I believe almost NO celebrity claims that they were all shy and unpopular and geeky in high school, but for some reason I totally believe Eva. She just has that air about her when I’ve seen her in interviews. And I adore her. So spooky, so gorgeous. She does seem like she’d be Tim Burton’s dream girl.

  16. Micki says:

    ” I die in a lot of movies. I don’t know why—it’s one of the unusual things about my career. ”
    That reminds me of Sean Bean.

  17. purple prankster says:

    I first saw her as miss moneypenny in James bond and I thought she was the most beautiful creature I had ever laid my eyes on. But now not so much.

    • pinetree13 says:

      She didn’t play Miss Moneypenny. She played Vesper

      Also I’m the opposite, I didn’t like her in bond but after watching Penny Dreadful I’m not a huge fangirl.

      • pinetree13 says:

        that should say “now” not “not”. As in I’m NOW a huge fan girl . LOl I can’t type

  18. Truthful says:

    I believe her . Saw her years ago in Paris walking her sister dog with her sister, and she is super shy, self-concious and nervous, this all femme fatale look is maybe fabricated just for red carpets because she seems so vulnerable IRL.

    So i totally believe her. Plus her mom (famous french actress) always said that about her.

  19. Melissa says:

    I love her, she is such a talented actress, one of my favorites and so underrated in my opinion, and like she says, to me, there is something otherworldly about her, she steals the scene every time, her voice and movement are so mesmerizing to watch, in print not so much, but every film I have watched of hers has been great, she does pick some really dark themes to play on most of the time, but I have never disliked anything she’s done, even if the film was not that good, she always shines in the role.

    • Naddie says:

      Yes. To me, she’s like a mermaid with legs, every time she comes up on screen, I catch my breath and just watch… She’s beautiful in a magical, creepy way. I can’t think of an actress that could overshadow her.

      • Sylvia says:

        @ Naddie that is such a great way to describe her, as beautiful in a magical, creepy way like a mermaid with legs. She really is like that! I think it’s not just physical beauty though, it’s also this inner intensity she has, a charisma and a vulnerability and both are so intense and it adds to and informs her natural striking looks. I love her so much.

        As for being beautiful and unpopular, it’s totally possible. I was beautiful in high school, not awkward looking, not needing to grow into my looks, but just beautiful. But I was also kind of gothy and weird and nerdy book-smart and just really into doing my own thing, and for whatever reason the mere fact of me pissed people off. I was unpopular and probably bullied — that’s not a word I ever used, I think because I didn’t just take it & cower, which made me even weirder and also scary. Like people thought I was an actual witch, which brought on a new round of taunts including my favorite, “777 bitch,” which still makes me laugh to this day because it’s so absurd. But today we’d say any kid experiencing the things I did was being bullied for sure. Kids were vicious to me, girls & guys. And teen boys who are sexually frustrated with a girl they desire but don’t understand or think they can’t have can actually be terrifying.

        Sooooo while I think some things celebs say are for their image, I would never discount someone who claimed they were unpopular or bullied just because they’re pretty or beautiful and famous now, because teenagers are vicious and high school dynamics are a tricky thing where fitting in is the holy grail. A dynamic where yes, being pretty or cute is desired, but its only a very narrow ki d of pretty or cute. Veer too far from that in either direction and you no longer fit in.

  20. Kelly says:

    No to her and Tim Burton simply because she and Josh Hartnett must be together forever. Their chemistry on Penny Dreadful was beautiful.

  21. Josefina says:

    I don’t know why people find it so weird when a beautiful woman says she was unpopular in HS. Puberty doesn’t work the same for everyone, and it’s not uncommon at all to have unatractive teenagers become very attractive adults (and viceversa). I do think a lot of them say it just to seem more relatable, though, which I can understand.

    If she doesnt win an Emmy this year I’ll kill all the voting guild myself. Her job on Penny Dreadful was maginificent. That show was cancelled way too soon.

  22. Sasha says:

    She’s repeatedly said in interviews that she’s shy and that she lives alone, rarely going out after filming. I believe her. I’m sure being very beautiful and shy could be quite alienating to a lot of kids. Either way, love her! Just enchanting and absolutely perfect in Penny Dreadful.

  23. NeoCleo says:

    That woman has eyes that nail you to the wall. If I were a man I would find her irresistible.

  24. Cricket says:

    I first saw her in Casino Royale and wow! I thought the cameral loved her, she had great chemistry with Daniel Craig and along with Mads made it my fav Bond film. I thought she was beautiful, especially when she makes her entrance into the casino.

  25. Liz says:

    Absolutely loved her in Casino Royale. She was captivating!!! I cannot believe she is with that troll Tim Bueton. Blegh!

  26. Bridget says:

    I HATE HATE HATE Bertolucci and thought The Dreamers was just crap, and will forever dislike her for that.

  27. A Fan says:

    Of course I believe her.

    [*I wouldn’t believe a Kardashian, but I believe her.*]

  28. Hejhej says:

    I adore her. She’s so talented, seems very sweet and genuine and she’s beautiful too.

  29. Stella in NH says:

    No mention of “Penny Dreadful” that just concluded on Showtime. It was really good! Eva acted in one of the lead roles. It is only three seasons long so I recommend catching it on Netflix or Amazon.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      Yes, we were discussing it above. It was one my favorite series, hands down.

      • mayamae says:

        But go into it realizing season three is a disappointing disaster. I’m still upset over it. It’s embarrassing.

      • pinetree13 says:

        To be fair the season was still good just the ENDING UGH that ending. major dissapointment

  30. Naddie says:

    I’m a fan and will always be, and while I don’t believe all those “unpopular” celebrities in high school (don’t forget the bullying, they’ve all been through it, sure) but I think she’s being honest. Being popular is much more about the way you present yourself than looks.

  31. Iknowwhatboyslike says:

    For some reason, I believe Eva would have been unpopular at school. She has features that when combined with the skinniness of youth, could sick. I can see her flourishing as she got older. Not all girls who are tall and skinny look like a sports illustrated model. And I’m sure her little overbite was interesting at 15. I find her stunning and I’m glad she’s finally getting recognition.

  32. Call me AL says:

    She is one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, for sure. Up there with Liz Taylor, Marilyn, and Grace Kelly in my book. And very captivating in all the roles I’ve seen her in.

  33. Clairej says:

    I love this woman. I would kill to look like her. She was also very stunning in ‘Dark Shadows’ with the blonde look. I would love to see her as the Grand High Witch or something fairytale like and witchy. Have not seen Penny Dreadful, but sure I would enjoy it.