Eva Green is sick of playing "the girlfriend" in movies.

Eva Green

Eva Green

The 36-year-old French actress was catapulted to worldwide recognition by her role as Bond girl Vesper Lynd in 'Casino Royale' - which was Daniel Craig's first outing as 007.

Although Eva was grateful for that part and the opportunities it afforded her she insists it's great that she has been able to take on more diverse roles in recent years, including her titular part in Tim Burton's new fantasy film 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'.

Green said: "It's nice not to play the girlfriend. I don't want to be the woman in the script where it goes, 'There's a beautiful, mysterious woman...' Just, OK, forget it. I think I would feel unhappy ... Some people play it very well but I want to be as equal as a man, you know what I mean? It's exciting to be other."

In Burton's new movie - based on Ransom Riggs 2011 novel of the same name - Green portrays Miss Peregrine who runs a home that cares for children with unique abilities.

It is the second time Green has worked with Burton and she was sold on the project when the 58-year-old filmmaker described it as "Scary Poppins".

In an interview with News.com.au, Green - who attended the New York premiere of the film on Monday night (26.09.16) - said: "I remember Tim called me a year before the shoot. He was like, 'I've got this book, I wonder if you would be interested?' I was like, 'Anything, I'd play anything for you'. But he was like, 'No, no, I want you to read it and see if you like her.'

"Tim called her Scary Poppins, which I thought was quite funny. But she's not a bad, mad woman - it's all to save her children. She has the ability to transform into a peregrine falcon and because peregrine falcons are the fastest animal on earth, she delivers lines very quickly. I watched some documentaries on birds. It was kind of a challenge - I was trying to have little, sharp movements with my head and not much blinking at all, using my hands like claws, my long nails. You always worry that you're going a bit over the top, but I had a lot of fun ... playing her like Mary Poppins on speed!"