Her father is of Breton and Swedish descent; through him, she is the great-granddaughter of composer Paul Le Flem. Green is Jewish,     as is her mother, who has Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Her mother initially feared that an acting career would be too much for her sensitive daughter, but later came to support her ambitions.
In , Green had her film debut, when director Bernardo Bertolucci cast her for the role of Isabelle in The Dreamers , which involved her in extensive full frontal nude scenes and graphic sex scenes.
Green told The Guardian that her agent and her parents begged her not to take the role, concerned that the film would cause her career to "have the same destiny as Maria Schneider ",  because of Schneider's traumatic experience during the filming of Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris.
They think nothing of it. Yet I think they are frightened by sex. She enjoyed the light-hearted role, although she has stated that she generally prefers more complex characters. Green performed six screen tests and was hired only a week before principal photography began. Now we understand why. Not only does Sibylla have a young son, but when she realizes he's afflicted with leprosy just like her brother Baldwin , she decides to take his life shortly after he's been crowned king.
She read the script, and found the character of Vesper far deeper than most Bond girls. Entertainment Weekly called her the fourth-best Bond girl of all time;  IGN named her the best femme fatale , stating, "This is the girl that broke — and therefore made — James Bond ";  and she won a BAFTA and an Empire award for her performance.
Both awards were voted for by the British public. Green hoped the religious themes of the book would be preserved,  but references to Catholicism were removed from the film. In March , she appeared in Womb , where she plays a woman who clones her dead boyfriend. It is a collaboration between actor Matt Smith and director Benedek Fliegauf.
According to Trier, Green was positive about appearing in the film, but her agents refused to allow her. The unsuccessful casting attempt took two months of the film's pre-production process.
Anglo-French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg was subsequently cast in the role. It got a bit too far It's not a girlfriend role that you could have in a movie. It's a real ballsy character. She has some guts. In , she played Artemisia in the sequel, Rise of an Empire for which she received excellent reviews. Green plays a snarling, insatiable, self-hating femme fatale and completely steals the show.
Mere mortals of Athens, Sparta, and every city from Mumbai to Minneapolis, behold the magnificent Eva Green, and tremble!