Added in the gallery the digital scans from the Evening Standard Magazine (October 30th issue) featuring Gemma. Also added a new outtake from their photoshoot and replaced a couple of the others with HQs. Enjoy!
Gemma Arterton is the only Hollywood star I’m aware of who gets the bus to work: across the river, Battersea to Covent Garden, in by a leisurely 11.30am but not home until most of us are tucked up in bed. And so it will be for the next six months, all being well, as she plays to up to 1,400 people six nights a week (plus matinées on Wednesday and Saturday) in Made in Dagenham, the brand-new, big-budget musical of the 2010 movie, which opens next week.
I meet Arterton on a brisk October morning outside the stage door of the Adelphi, the Art Deco slab on the Strand that is her current home from home. She arrives alone and on foot, at a smart clip, in a pale pink sweater, black trousers and studded shoes. Doesn’t she get hassled? After all, she’s plastered all over London on posters for the show. ‘Oh, I don’t care,’ she says, wrinkling her nose. ‘If people stop me in the street, it’s no big deal.’ For all her success, she doesn’t regard herself as in any way different or more glamorous than the rest of us. ‘You can’t feel like that when you’ve hung around really glamorous people, the ones with the entourages, who wear their sunglasses indoors: you know the type.’
Arterton is not that type. At 28, she’s beautiful, for sure, with full lips, high cheekbones, a delicate frosting of freckles and brown eyes you could swim in: an English sex bomb in the classic style. But she quickly disarms all that. I’ve interviewed her twice before, and we’ve met in passing on a couple of occasions. I’ve always found her straightforward and unaffected, warm and chatty.
She ushers me into her dressing room, apologising for the décor. Even if you are resolutely unglamorous and spend a good deal of time on London buses, the room is surprisingly dowdy: chipped paint the colour of curdled milk; sofas stained and shedding their stuffing. Not that she’s complaining. The Adelphi, she says, is the first London theatre she ever came to. Her mother brought her and her younger sister Hannah, also now an actor, from Kent for the day to see Paul Daniels perform his magic, alongside leading lady Debbie McGee. ‘Who knows,’ she says cheerfully, ‘they probably sat on this very sofa.’
(read the rest of the article at the source)
Updated the gallery adding an outtake from the TIFF InStyle Magazine Portrait(s) and more production stills from Gemma’s appearance in yesterday’s This Morning (thanks to Far Far Away!). Enjoy them :)
– Photoshoots > 2014 Toronto International Film Festival – InStyle Magazine Portrait
– Public Events > ITV’s This Morning – Stills
Gemma Arterton says she has become a true Francophile after making her second home in Paris — but London will always be her No 1 city. The actress commutes between Battersea and a flat in the French capital.
She says she loves that Parisians are “a bit cold” and “just don’t give a f***”, but London, where she is soon to star on stage in Made In Dagenham, is “way more vibrant and rocking”.
Arterton, 28, has become a star across the Channel since her role in French drama Gemma Bovery. She speaks the language fluently after taking an immersion course to prepare for the film, and is understood to have met her rumoured French boyfriend, assistant director Franklin Ohanessian, on set.
In an interview with ES Magazine, to be published in full tomorrow, she said: “I love it, I love the fact that the people are a bit cold there. I like that they just don’t give a f***. They’re like, ‘I don’t care if you don’t like me’. Or, ‘I don’t like you’. The honesty of that! “[The French] are completely themselves, they have a really strong culture, different to ours. I love their cinema, and I’ve been to the theatre quite a lot there, and it’s taken very seriously. London is way more vibrant and rocking and noisy and diverse, but Paris is more elegant and it’s just chicer.” Arterton, who was nicknamed “la Brit girl qu’on adore” (the Brit girl we love) by French Elle, added: “I’m a star there, apparently.”
Of London, she said: “I’ll always be based here. I’ve got too many roots here that are very, very strong. And, to be honest, I think I’d get bored if I lived in Paris. I’ve got mates there now, but I like to be really busy all the time and that’s much easier here. There’s much more work for me here.” From next week she will be starring in Made In Dagenham at the Adelphi. The show tells the story of a group of sewing machinists who went on strike for equal pay at Ford’s Dagenham plant in 1968.
Arterton said: “Even three years ago it was just bubbling, this new wave of feminism. Now it’s out there?…?You want to do things that you’re passionate about and I’m massively passionate about women’s rights.”
Arterton, who grew up in Gravesend, Kent, has been taking the bus to rehearsals. She said: “I don’t care if people stop me in the street, it’s no big deal?…? You can’t feel like that [different or more glamorous than others] when you’ve hung around really glamorous people, the ones with the entourages, who wear their sunglasses indoors — you know the type.” (source)
And after stopping at BBC Radio 1, Gemma headed to the ITV studios to appear on This Morning. Stills from her appearence and photos of her leaving the studios have been added to the gallery!
Gemma was a guest on BBC Radio1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw this morning! You can liste to her podcast on the BBC Radio 1 website (click on the image below)
Also, photos of her leaving the studios have been added to the gallery. She looked stunning as usual!
Added in the gallery, some lovely photos of Gemma outside the Stage Door of the Adelphi Theatre on Thursday, October 16th.
– Candids > October 16, 2014