Green among the Wicklow hills as Bond girl Eva shoots new film
SHE'S used to the trappings of life on the set of multimillion-dollar blockbusters, but former Bond girl Eva Green is still happy to get down and dirty in the wilds of Co Wicklow.
Locals in the village of Redcross were given lashings of Gallic charm as the Parisian actress rolled into town with a film crew.
It didn't take much to transform the sleepy one-street village, nestled in the Wicklow mountains, into a 1930s-era thoroughfare for the new film 'Cracks'.
Local extras, dressed in heavy tweeds, milled about vintage cars between takes -- and even members of the local sheep population got walk-on roles.
It's not the first visit to Ireland for the stunning actress, although last time round she didn't have a personal hairdresser and make-up artist on hand.
"When I was 15 I went to Galway on an exchange. It's one of my best memories," she recalled during a break in filming yesterday.
"Coming back from a work point of view is very different ... the countryside is magnificent and mysterious. This is the best role I've ever read. It's amazing, quite dark," she added.
Eva (27) hit the big time playing Vesper Lynd in the James Bond film 'Casino Royale' opposite Daniel Craig, a role which earned her a BAFTA.
While the budget for this production is considerably tighter than what she's used to, she is as enthusiastic as ever.
"The crew is smaller, but that's great because you become so close. You become a lot closer to the director; it's a great relationship I have with her," she explained.
'Cracks' is the directing debut of Jordan Scott, daughter of illustrious British director Ridley. She said that generous tax breaks and support from the Irish Film Board were key in the production coming to Ireland.
"The countryside is so beautiful and magical here. The location really lends itself to this very ethereal and magical film. We started shooting last week and it's going really well, although we have had tonnes of rain," she laughed.
Eva will be starring alongside Juno Temple, who appeared in 'Atonement', and Imogen Poots from '28 Weeks Later'. 'Cracks' will also see the big-screen debut of two 13-year-old Irish actresses, Adele McCann and Zoe Carroll.
The film, which is due to hit cinemas next spring, is set in an English boarding school and follows a girl's unhealthy obsession with her teacher, Miss G, played by Eva.
Irish producer Andrew Lowe, of Element Pictures, has high hopes for the film
"We were fortunate to go to Cannes with 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' and 'Garage' last year. I like to think we'll be going to Cannes with this next year," he said.
'Cracks' is shooting in Ireland for seven weeks, taking in locations in Dublin and Co Meath, before moving to Pinewood Studios near London.