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  Mata   January 13, 2010

UPDATE – the corresponding scans, thanks to Lorna:

Within seconds of entering a rehearsal room just before Christmas, Gemma Arterton is chatting away about her new play, the satirical Broadway import The Little Dog Laughed, and the perils of being typecast

She might have spent the past two and a half years working alongside Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes but the girl from Gravesend has proved oddly resistant to the Hollywood PR doctrine of keeping it bland and diplomatic.

‘I’ve been wanting to do a play for about a year,’ says the wideeyed 24-year-old, who, despite everything, comes across as a girl who likes nothing more than spending Saturday afternoons at Topshop.

‘And this play is like a modern Neil Simon: it has a real cutting wit. On the other hand there’s this weird snobbishness about drama. People keep saying to me, “you’ve got to do a play”. It’s, like, “you don’t think I’m serious, do you, because I’m doing this Disney movie!”’

Arterton has indeed just finished filming Disney’s Prince Of Persia, plus the Warner blockbuster Clash Of The Titans, both due out in the summer. Both are the latest peaks in an extraordinary career that began when Arterton, six months out of drama school, was picked to audition for Craig’s admittedly brief love interest in Quantum Of Solace on the back of her statuesque Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2007.

Since then she’s racked up a passionate Tess Of The D’Urbervilles on the BBC and stroppy head girl Kelly in the two St Trinian’s movies, plus leading roles in the forthcoming Brit-flick The Disappearance Of Alice Creed and Stephen Frears’s adaptation of Tamara Drewe. But rather than be wowed by the glamour of red carpets and bona fide movie stars, Arterton sounds more amused – and a bit disenchanted. ‘It’s a completely different world,’ she says, her Gravesend vowels poking out beneath the drama-school poise.

‘I’m from a working-class background and suddenly I was getting phone calls saying I need to sort my teeth out; I need to work on my arms. And not to worry about that scene on Tuesday, just make sure I’m in shape. But for me that doesn’t matter. I never watch a film and think, “oh my God, her arms”.’

Her new play is part of Arterton’s reaction to this recent surfeit of Hollywood gloss: Douglas Carter Beane’s merciless satire about Hollywood’s screwy attitude to reality.

Arterton might scoff at the snobby hierarchy that invariably places theatre above mainstream films but she’s also passionate about spending four months getting back to what she originally trained for.

Focusing on a gay Hollywood actor too scared to come out, Carter Beane’s four-hander takes deadly potshots at the superficial nature of celebrity. ‘I have gay actor friends who’ve been advised not to come out as it would affect their film casting,’ says Arterton.

‘Which is odd because the theatre world is sooo gay! But I find it fascinating that what the public idolise is often a cover-up. I’ve spent some time now with people who have to be aware all the time of what they do and who they talk to. And I’ve also been subject to bitchy scrutiny, which I’ve laughed off: comments about my looks or my weight or what I wear. As someone who is very trusting, I find it a tragic, sad world.’

Arterton credits her grounded attitude to her family, to whom she remains very close. (Last week her grandmother died in strange circumstances and Arterton is said to be devastated, although it won’t affect her appearance in the play.)

‘My parents are very frank. They’re grafters, real people,’ she says. Yet she also implies her upbringing was tough. ‘My mum was a cleaner and brought us up alone. We didn’t have much money and my mum struggled. I hated seeing her unhappy and therefore everything I do in my career is to set myself up for that period in my life: to be happy and have money for a house and children, because I didn’t have that when I was a kid.’

And the key to being happy? ‘Enjoy what you do but don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s just a Hollywood movie. It’s not going to change the world, is it?’