Eva Doll - A Brief Encounter
Actress and model, Eva Doll never ceases to charm those around her with her irresistible allure and contagious smile. She believes in making the world a better place and, let’s just say, being her charismatic self already makes a whole lot of difference. Having started her career at just sixteen, Eva Doll shares with us how she keeps it real and what’s to come!
Photography and Interview by Richard Bernardin
Hey Eva! How are you? And thanks for agreeing to do this impromptu “conversation” with me... I thought I would start this off with a little section that I’d like to call “The Icebreaker.” Are you sitting down? I remember briefly discussing meditation during the shoot... Do you meditate? And, in a couple of words, what is the meaning of life?
Hey Richard. I’m very good actually. Just driving to Malibu beach for the weekend. I do meditate, yes. Every minute of my life I try to be in the present moment and connecting with my inner self. The meaning of life is to make this planet a better place. Everything starts with a smile. Each individual has a certain role on this planet, and even one person can make a huge difference.
You have traveled extensively for your modeling career. How long have you been do ing this? What changes led to your choice of a more sedentary lifestyle, and why Paris?
Yes, I left my hometown, Brno, when I was 16 and traveled the world—every continent. Now, I am based in Los Angeles and Paris. As an actress, I am simultaneously developing my career in French cinema and Hollywood. I spend most of my time between these two places.
What do you like most about your profession?
What I love most about acting is being completely immersed in totally different characters and in various life circumstances. I can experience the joy and pains of my characters without actually having lived their lives.
Where did you grow up and how was your childhood?
I grew up in the Czech Republic. It was a lovely childhood with my mother, and my grandparents who lived a 10-minute walk away. I would play for hours with my grandma, pretending we were in a black and white movie, and would play chess with my grandpa. I’m very close with my beautiful mum. She is my biggest emotional support.
There’s a lot of turmoil and strife in the world. Are you politically active?
I can’t re ally say that I’m politically active at the moment—at least not as much as I would like to be because of my schedule. But, I have plans for the future.
I love the 70s. If you could go back in time to, let’s say, 1973, who would you take on a date from that era and why?
Oh, the 70s, I love that era! Actually, sometimes I wish that I had lived in that time. I would probably take out Mick Jagger, Gerard Depardieu, and Jim Morrison. I think that would be a guaranteed fun time!
What are you reading lately?
Lately, I have been enjoying biographies. I just finished Gerard Depardieu’s book and am now starting biographies about punk rock bands that interest me.
What projects are you currently working on?Anything that is going to be released in the coming days or months?
I just did a French-English film that was shot in Cambodia called, “Karen Woman.” I’m currently reading for Hollywood film productions that I cannot talk about yet, but it’s all very exciting! In regards to fashion, I recently did covers for Harpers Bazaar, L’Officiel, and ELLE, and a campaign for Chantal Thomass, which was shot by my friend, Ellen von Unwerth.
I love music and have a soundtrack for al- most any situation. How about you?
What are you listening to these days? Are you a bath- room singer? ED: I sing everywhere! And I love rock & roll, classical, and pretty much anything that is considered “oldies.”
If you could star in a remake of a classic film, who would you want to play?
Elizabeth Taylor’s Maggie in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
What was your most challenging role or shoot?
A war film I shot in Thailand. It was very physically demanding and the film was challenging in terms of physical endurance.
What do you do when not working?
My life is my job. I enjoy every moment of it!
What’s your mental equivalent of a g-spot?
I like talking about poetry and studying the uni- verse.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
When was the last time you told a lie?
My mother told me that, “a little white lie never hurt anyone.”
What’s next for you?
Filming and living this beautiful life.
Photography: Richard Bernardin Assistant Photographer: Adeline Gauvin Makeup: Carole Hannah at Airport. Hair: Hélène Bidard at Artlist Paris.