Landing the role just as she turned 30 also marked a coming-of-age moment for Eve, that moment where your messiness hopefully subsides and out of the debris of your twenties, an adult emerges. Something I relate to. “I feel like she’s my ode to my twenties,” Eve confirms, “when you don’t have everything together, you don’t know where your life is going, you’re somewhere in between childhood and adulthood, but you’re not really an adult either. You aren’t forced to have a proper career. You can float around, and you don’t need to buy a house. It’s the decade where you’re discovering things about yourself and all of your insecurities that you have about yourself and feeling like you don’t have direction. You look like a grown-up, but you’re not. Everyone is just pretending and winging it. It’s also a period where you make all the wrong decisions, you date all the wrong people, you drink too much. It was a perfect moment for me to put all of my experience into one person and then step away from it, say goodbye to it in a way.”
I was a certified messy bitch in my twenties so how messy was Eve, I ask? “Oh, a messy bitch 100%,” she erupts with laughter. “It was just the messiest decades, and you couldn’t fucking pay me to go back! My thirties are a good place to be. It’s my safe place. It was amazingly cathartic looking back and then sort of moving through it. As long as they don’t bring me back through it in season two. I think I’ve said goodbye. Maybe if we do season two, she can have her shit together for my mental health.”
While it is clear a recent coming-of-age moment has empowered Eve, the changing landscape of Hollywood has had a part to play too. Bad Sisters, with its four strong female leads, is a symbol of how far the industry has come in not only creating female-led narratives but representing all facets of womanhood. The show certainly follows in the footsteps of recent hits Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere and basically anything Reese Witherspoon touches. But I wonder what still frustrates her about the conversations we’re still having to have about the representation of women on screen?
“That’s a good question because I haven’t felt that in a while, actually,” Eve replies. “I feel like the last projects I’ve done have been female-driven with really great characters. But God, pre Me-Too it was a joke! It was painful. I had a horrible time dealing with and trying to fit into this idea of what Hollywood, a.k.a. a bunch of white men in a boardroom, thought was sexy, powerful, and what people wanted to see. There’s a lot of roles that I went up for and even played, where they just wanted tits on a stick, basically. You know, ‘Don’t eat anything and wear a push-up bra.’”
“It’s also tricky because the people that are financing these things—I know it’s changed now—but back then, it was a man’s view of what they thought was sexy,” she continues. “But you can’t define sexuality at all. You can’t whittle it down to just one look or one type of person. It was a man in the boardroom making a decision about your costume that he doesn’t think is sexy because you look like the girl that rejected him when he was a kid. Sexuality is so personal, and they tried to make it this commercial thing, and it wasn’t right to do that. Now there’s more women stepping into power, and there’s so much diversity. We’ve always had these stories to tell, but now they are getting told, and TV and film have gotten so much more interesting because of it. Hollywood has realized that their audiences aren’t stupid, you don’t have to spoon feed people, and hopefully, we never go back to that time.”