“Tell them I’ll get back to them later,” she tells the waitress sternly, although it’s not clear she ever will: she’s already accepted an invitation to that evening’s hottest engagement – the Vanity Fair Oscar party – and after that, she says, she’s going straight on to another bash. Eve’s social calendar may be bursting at the seams but so, too, is her professional diary.
She has four major films awaiting release, one of which, Men in Black III, looks set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of this summer.
It was particularly gruesome with that bleak Serbian, almost vampiric landscape.” But, she adds, that was nothing compared to the challenges she faced on the set of the thriller ATM, yet another of her films awaiting release, for which she was required to do four weeks of night-time shoots in bitterly cold Winnipeg, an experience she describes as “blood, sweat and tears – the most intense shoot I’ve been on”.
The daughter of the British stage and television stalwart Trevor Eve and the Holby City actress Sharon Maughan, Eve is in the process of cracking Hollywood in a way few British actors manage.
“Ben’s so funny,” she says, adding with a grin, “we’ve been out three nights on the trot…” But first, Eve will appear in British cinemas next week in not one, but two new films: The Decoy Bride with David Tennant and The Raven opposite John Cusack.
She lives in West Hollywood but returns whenever she can to London where she has a home in Notting Hill, not far from her parents’ house in Chelsea.
Her long-standing relationship with Adam O’Riordan, a Somerset Maugham Award-winning Mancunian poet whom she met at Oxford, recently came to an end and, she says, there is a certain sense of liberation to being single in Hollywood.
“It’s the first time I’ve been unattached in a while and I’m really enjoying it,” she says.
“Being unattached here suits a working woman quite well.