Eva Green’s Miss Peregrine Inspired by Julie Andrews from Mary Poppins
If Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way, then Miss Peregrine is all that — and a whole lot more.
“She’s like an edgy Mary Poppins,” says Eva Green, who plays the bird-morphing title character in “Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children.” “So I watched ‘Mary Poppins.’ I got inspired by Julie Andrews. … I would call her Speedy Poppins – Mary Poppins on speed.”
Eva Green Watched Bird Documentaries to Play the Avian Miss Peregrine
The actress tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar that Miss Peregrine’s quick movements come from her animal side.
“The fact that she turned into a bird, I watched documentaries on birds — the way they moved, very sharp movement of the head,” says Green. “The peregrine falcon is a bird of prey and is the fastest animal on the planet. There’s a speech where I have to speak super fast. It was very fun to do.”
Based on the bestselling book about a home for children with very strange qualities, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” celebrates the weirder side people, something to which Green can relate.
“So many people have said I’ve always been weird,” she says. “What does that mean, weird? You take it a bit not well, actually, when somebody says that I’m not like the others. Maybe because I’m shy and I don’t talk much. Through the years, I’ve tried to tame my demons: This is who I am. This is the message of the movie. It’s okay to be different.”