Eva Green: I'm just an ugly duckling

Eva Green: I'm just an ugly duckling

Eva Green has made a career out of playing dominantly sexual women.

Bold women willing to use seduction as a tool to influence men whose heads are too easily turned and whose minds are easily clouded by a smoking hot, often naked body.

Strange then that she told M she is shy by nature. In fact, she claims to be Hollywood's "ugly duckling".

Her latest role is Ava Lord, the Sin City sequel's titular Dame To Kill For.

Green fits the mould of the classic femme fatale. Too well, in fact, for the Motion Picture Association Of America.

It banned her racy promotional posters in the US for showing too much through her sheer gown.

Green had laughed off the hullabaloo, and it's pretty understandable too, considering that she spent most of the time topless in the movie, which opens here tomorrow.

The 34-year-old brunette, last seen as naval commander Artemisia in 300: Rise Of An Empire, told M that all the nudity and sexuality were no stronger than images found in more "cultural" places.

"It's like when you go to a museum and you see nude paintings," she said.

"It's like photography. It's not realistic. It's pure fantasy."

Green considered it ironic that she had the courage to strip for the camera, considering that she is anything but an extrovert.

"I think it's justified for Ava Lord since she uses her body to get what she wants.

"It's not as though it's nudity for nudity alone. It goes beyond that. It's for art."

The sequel to Robert Rodriguez's 2005 neo-noir Sin City - based on co-director Frank Miller's graphic novels - also sees the return of Jessica Alba as stripper Nancy Callahan, Mickey Rourke as the brutal thug-with-a-heart Marv and introduces Josh Brolin as Lord's lover Dwight.

Another reason Green did not mind stripping for her role was that she felt a connection with her character and wanted to portray her in all her glory.

"She's the perfect seductress. She has this incredible instinct, knows what men desire and she uses them as things to gain money and power.

"She's phenomenal and just fun because she's so evil - 100 per cent evil."

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