Gemma was guest at BBC Radio 2 – The Chris Evans Breakfast show this morning, where she chatted to Chris Evans about the role of Catrin Cole in her new film Their Finest. She joked that on the first day she overdid the character’s Welsh accent and was told to back off: “I went full on valleys!”
Several photos of her outside the studios, and some taken during the interview have now been added to the gallery. Be sure to check them out and enjoy :)
– Talk and Radio Shows > 2017 04 21: BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Show
– Talk and Radio Shows > 2017 04 21: BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Show – Outside
TIME OUT LONDON – ‘Films stick with you,’ Gemma Arterton stresses, as she leans across the desk of a central London office. ‘They’re with you for your whole career so you really have to know why you did them.’ The 31-year-old actress is dressed top-to-toe in tomato today. It’s the kind of ‘fuck you’ outfit you wear to meet an ex for dinner, so it’s no surprise that she’s ready to speak her mind.
She’s here to talk to me about her new movie ‘Their Finest’, a feminist-angled romance set during WWII. She plays a writer who enters the movie business to write romantic ‘slop’ for propaganda films. Her character Catrin Cole is based on a real woman, Diana Morgan, who wrote for Ealing Studios at the time. Cole flourishes once she’s given the opportunity to flex her talent. It’s certainly reflective of Arterton’s own journey.
A few years ago you probably knew the Kent-born actress as a Bond girl. She spent her early career getting cast in arm-candy roles, which she says she took because she was ‘grateful’ for the opportunities. Now, she’s an accomplished stage actress and a film and TV producer, having started her own production company with two female friends. And she’s not afraid to dish the industry dirt…
What was it that drew you to ‘Their Finest’?
‘I loved the period. The war gave so many opportunities to women but it was also a very bizarre time to be in London. I didn’t know about propaganda filmmaking or the roles women played in it. I thought it was really fascinating.’
It’s a bit of an untold take on the wartime story, isn’t it?
‘Yes. Usually we tell stories of the battlefield or what was happening in Germany. We don’t really talk about what was happening at home, but as well as being a time of pressure and loss, it was a great time for women finding out about themselves. They were being called into munitions factories and driving buses.’
The film has a very feminist message; you’ve become more outspoken about your politics in recent years too – how’s that been?
‘When I first started talking about being a woman in the industry I got into trouble. Not many people were speaking out like they are now. Now everyone talks about it. It’s brilliant. You don’t have to be prim and prissy about it; you can be fun and gross, you can have an intelligent voice and be working-class as well.’
How has the way you’ve chosen roles changed over the years?
‘At first I was just taking what I was given. Now I have a little bit more respect for myself. Especially because I’ve done some really challenging theatre. My film roles should reflect where I am in terms of theatre, which is more complex stuff. I care about what I do so much that now it has to be something I really believe in for me to invest my time.’
– Photoshoots & Portraits > Time Out London (2017)
HEYUGUYS – Scott Davis interviews Gemma Arterton on the red carpet of the Special Presentation screening of director Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest, held at the BFI Southbank on the 12th of April, 2017.
Yesterday night (April 12) Gemma attended a special screening for Their Finest at the BFI Southbank in London. She was joined by her co-stars Bill Nighy and Helen McCrory.
Gemma was wearing an Altuzarra Fall 17 crimson velvet suit with gold buttons, gold Jimmy Choo shoes, Buccellati earrings and natural make-up. I’m not much fan of the suit itself, but Gemma does look beautiful as always!
Be sure to check the photos in our gallery and keep the twitter checked @GArtertonOnline in case of more additions!
– Public Events > Events from 2017 > April 12: ‘Their Finest’ Special Screening in London
Check this on set video interview of Gemma, taken during the filming of Their Finest:
Gemma looked so beautiful yesterday, April 11 – during the AOL Build Series (UK) interview she did for promoting Their Finest! She wore a ruffled silk chiffon blouse with lace collar and high waist silk satin pants with wide leg from the Blumarine Fall-Winter 2017 collection.
Several photos of her outside the studios – during the interview and a portrait for the Series have now been added to the gallery! Enjoy them and remember to follow the site twitter @GArtertonOnline
– Talk and Radio Shows > 2017 04 11: AOL Build UK – Outside
– Talk and Radio Shows > 2017 04 11: AOL Build UK
– Photoshoots & Portraits > AOL Build Series UK (2017)
Below you can watch her entire interview, where – beside talking about Their Finest – she also tell us something more about her 2 upcoming projects: The Escape and Vita & Virginia. Enjoy!