For all the chiseled abs and testosterone-fueled bloodletting of the new sword-and-sandals movie
Where she comes from: Green, 33, was born in Paris to an actress, Marlene Jobert, and a dentist, Walter Green. Her twin sister, Joy, was born minutes later. Green took an interest in acting as a teenager, graduated from the American
Where you've seen her before: Green made her film debut in Bernardo Bertolucci's 2003 romantic drama "The Dreamers," starring
Green's most famous role came in 2006, when she played Vesper Lynd, James Bond's love interest, opposite
She also had roles in "Kingdom of Heaven," "The Golden Compass" and
What critics are saying about her role in "Rise of an Empire": Frankly, that she's the best part of the movie. Reviews for the film have been mixed to negative, but movie critics have largely praised Green's portrayal of the bloodthirsty Artimesia, who leads the Persian navy against the Greeks and has a personal vendetta.
The Times' Betsy Sharkey called Green's character "the one to watch" and added, "you couldn't ask for a more magnetic villain."
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle called her "the movie's one genuine point of interest," and the Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek gushed, "behold the magnificent Eva Green, and tremble!"
What else they're talking about from "Empire": Two things, actually. First is Artemisia's fierce wardrobe. "Leather and chainmail has rarely been as fetching," Sharkey said. Zacharek also appreciated her outfits: "There are one-shouldered numbers draped with chains and dotted with grommets, shimmery columns that resemble liquid metal, and, perhaps finest of all, a skin-tight sheath with a row of silver spikes running down her spinal column like a violent shiver."
Most reviewers also commented on a combative sex scene between Artemisia and Athenian leader Themistokles (
Where you'll see her next: Green is set to appear in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," which like "Empire" is a sequel based on the work of comic book artist