“The little English lady couldn’t speak a word of French. ‘I settled in Paris for several months, next to the Buttes-Chaumont'”, tells the actress, who was lodged by a French family. Anne Fontaine advised her to learn her text while doing an activity, doing the dishes or in the shower, to avoid stiffness. “My linguistic fluctuation suited the role: Gemma (Bovery) looks for the words like she looks for herself, she’s not sure of herself, she’s a stranger, who doesn’t dare to say things.” Regarding the lack of self-assurance, she admits the difference: “I have a huge self confidence. I constantly need novelty, it’s perfect being an actress. I get bored quickly.”
She knew Luchini as much as she knew the language of Molière. “The family who lodged me, they said: ‘You’ll see, he’s insane.’ I didn’t think he was such a big star in your country. I watched a TV show: ‘wow, he’s really talkative! He talks like a crazy train thrown into the night!'” Did he recite her all of Flaubert? “He knew I understood nothing. So, he refrained.”
“It’s my body, I tried to conceal it, in vain. When I’ll be in my thirties, I’ll have my body roles too.”
“When you’re busty, people want you to play sexy. Well, I’m not a prude, but I don’t want everything to become sexual.”
– Photo Gallery > Magazine Scans > Scans from 2014 > Le Point (France) – September 4, 2014
An English girl — From Tamara Drewe to Gemma Bovery, by Anne Fontaine, former Bond girl Gemma Arterton is building herself the destiny of a carnal icon much like Brigitte Bardot, capable of spellbinding the camera with a simple shoulder movement and of monopolizing a whole film.
“I don’t find myself very interesting but, in the same manner as Gemma (Bovery), my character, I’m fascinated by other people.”
– Photo Gallery > Magazine Scans > Scans from 2014 > Premiere (France) – September 2014
Gemma Arterton has joked she is “bit of a klept” as she can’t help stealing strange objects.
The actress has a habit of taking things from hotel rooms. Gemma confessed being light-fingered on the set of her movies too, with her best memento a prosthetic feature she sported on her face for a role.
“My nose! My nose from Tamara Drewe. I actually have it framed, in my downstairs loo,” Gemma joked to Empire magazine.
“Well, you know, I’m a bit of a klept actually… I stole a teapot [from a hotel]. It was a silver one, a proper nice one. I also stole a tea strainer to go with it – I’ve got the whole set. The teapot’s in my house, I use it often. Right now, it’s about three metres from my fake nose.”
The feisty British star has appeared in a string of action movies such as fantasy Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Bond film Quantum of Solace in 2008. The 27-year-old is a tough girl in real life too.
“I don’t know if I’d have punched him, but I might have given him a little slap,” she laughed when asked if she’s ever been tempted to hit a director. “And I’m so not going to tell you who, but there have been moments of angst between a certain director and me for sure. [The one film I've seen more than others is] Home Alone, because I have a thing for physical violence – also because it’s a brilliant film.”
Gravesend girl Gemma Arterton is back in fine butt-kicking form as witch killer Gretel in Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters. The Bafta-nominated actress talks about playing a feisty female, working with co-star Jeremy Renner and being a former Bond girl.
If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise… because instead of teddy bears having a picnic, nasty witches have set up home in the depths of the dark forests, waiting to steal innocent youngsters.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, written and directed by Tommy Wirkola, is inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairytale – but with a new twist in the tale.
Following their escape from a cannibalistic witch when they were little, 15 years later brother and sister Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) have conquered their fears to become witch killers. They’re fierce, formidably-skilled bounty hunters with a taste for blood and murder, and hell-bent on retribution.
“I love the original fairytale and this starts there, then makes a real departure,” says Arterton. “The film joins up with Hansel and Gretel in the midst of their fame as witch hunters.
“But it’s also a time when they’re starting to wonder who they are and why these terrible things happened to them – which leads them into a very tense situation. It’s really about the two of them and it’s original, a brother and sister bad-ass team.”
After being abandoned by their parents, the siblings have to work together to bring down a coven of witches who are planning the ultimate revenge against humankind – and to gain immortality.
“The sibling relationship is such a great one to explore. Hansel and Gretel have this unstoppable bond but they’re also so different from each other,” explains the actress. “She’s the brains of the operation, he’s the brawn. He’s the joker and the show-off. She’s more the watcher, the researcher, the one who tries to really understand witchcraft. They have to each play to their strengths.”
The 27-year-old, who graduated from RADA in 2007, enjoyed working with Renner, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker in 2010.
“Jeremy is so amazing at action, but he also has a lot of sensitivity when needed. He brings a lot of fun to their relationship,” she says. “He’s become a really good friend. We just have a very natural connection, very open-hearted and we trusted each other instantaneously. It was so important for us to get that brother and sister relationship right.”
Discussing who he has most liked dressing, Jean Paul Gaultier reveals British actress Gemma Arterton has been amongst his most favourite.
He said: ”Gemma Arterton is fabulous. I met her at Elton John’s winter ball. She’s great and I loved the Stephen Frears movie she was in, ‘Tamara Drewe”.
I’ve just added brand new scans from a Belgian magazine from 2010, Le Vif Weekend, that features a very interesting new old interview with Ms Arterton and also an unseen before outtake from her Observer photoshoot.
– Scans from 2010 > Le Vif Weekend (Belgium) – August 13-19, 2010
– Scans > Cosmopolitan (France) – August 2010