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
Dominic Cooper told New magazine about his favourite things. The actor loves ABBA, New Zealand and Gemma Arterton.
“She’s adorable. I loved working with her on Tamara Drewe. She’s such fun and as bad as me at Scrabble, which we played a lot! That’s a good thing, as there’s nothing worse than playing against someone who’s better than you! I loved being around her; she’s talented, very beautiful and she’s going to be huge.”
- Scans > New (UK) – August 8, 2011
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In just a few short years, she’s become one of Britain’s hottest young actresses. From parts in the Bond movie Quantum Of Solace to the blockbusting Clash Of The Titans and the British drama Tamara Drewe, Gemma Arterton has become a name on everyone’s lips.
Now the 25-year-old from Gravesend, Kent, lends her voice to the animated fantasy A Turtle’s Tale. Here, Gemma talks about her career and discusses what the future holds.
Did you identify with your character Shelley from A Turtle’s Tale?
Absolutely. If I was a turtle I’d be like her. When I filmed this I was doing a play so it was nice to do the complete opposite. Dominic Cooper, who does the voice of Sammy, is a friend of mine and we worked together on Tamara Drewe. He recommended me for the role. I was very grateful as I’ve always wanted to do an animation. For us it was just Dominic and Gemma swimming in the ocean.