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  M.   October 25, 2011

Gemma Arterton talks to the Metro about wanting to spread her acting wings and take on less commercial roles as she aims to rid herself of being known as ‘that girl from Bond’, and why working in a pub was her best first job.

What did you get up to in Brazil?

It’s an initiative between Sky and the WWF to raise awareness of deforestation and to save a billion trees in three years. I went to the state of Acre. There’s a road being built and usually loggers get in and it leads to deforestation. It’s easy to deforest, it’s quick money, so this is about giving people other means to make a living by using the rainforest. They love the forest they live in and don’t want to chop it down but they’re so poor they often don’t have a choice. They’ve been changing the way they live as part of the campaign.

What did you see?

We met rubber tappers who trek for 90 minutes into the forest each day. They’ve done it all their lives. They collect the rubber and sell it to companies. One is an ethical trainer company. They’d never seen the finished products before. We showed them a pair of shoes made from their rubber – it was mind-blowing for them. It makes you think about when we get up and say: ‘I can’t be arsed to go to work.’ They go through all that.

What was going to Rada like?

Quite intimidating. I was 18 and there were lots of Oxford and Cambridge graduates and I felt I didn’t know what I was talking about. After a year of being there, I threw myself into it. It’s good to have that foundation. You have three years to try out stuff and be crap. If you’re doing a 100-seater in the West End, you need training or you can’t talk to the back row.

What role has had the biggest impact on your career?

Alice Creed [in the 2009 movie The Disappearance Of Alice Creed]. My career went down this commercial road for a while and I didn’t feel comfortable with it. Alice Creed flipped everything on its head and people stopped thinking of me as just ‘that girl from Bond’.

Are you trying to avoid commercial films?

I’m in a quandary because one film is being quite persistent but I keep saying no because it’s so commercial. It means you don’t have to worry about earning money for the rest of the year so you can go off and do theatre or help get smaller scripts made.

There are so many great scripts that can’t get made because they don’t have the money and then massive films that are made that are rubbish. It would be silly to rule out commercial films because they can be great fun but I have to think seriously before saying yes now because it’s a large portion of the year – not just making the film but doing three months of press and publicity. I like doing three months of theatre and then it’s all done.

You’re not in a hurry to play a superhero then?

No but I did a movie this year called Hansel And Gretel, which is quite flashy but the story is very indie. I do a lot of research now into who I’ll be working with and think carefully – which is a luxury. At first, you’re just grateful people want to work with you and you can pay off your student loan.

What’s the worst career advice you’ve had?

An actor once told me to stop being nice because then people don’t respect you. You get told to do lots of rubbish by people who think they know better than you – especially if you’re a woman.

What’s the worst job you’ve had?

I worked in a clothes shop in central London where women would flash their money at me and I’d have to dress them. I had to wear heels and wasn’t allowed to sit down all day. I worked in a pub in the evening, which was much more fun. If I were out of work I’d definitely work in a pub again – at least you can have a laugh.

By Andrew Williams

Sky Rainforest Rescue’s Amazon exhibition opens at Somerset House on November 2. www.sky.com/rainforestrescue