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  M.   February 06, 2012

Gemma Arterton says she has posed for her last ‘sexy’ men’s magazine shoot as she takes control of her career.

By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor

11:00PM GMT 05 Feb 2012

The star of Tamara Drewe and Tess of the D’Urbervilles has been approached to star in a film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder after appearing in a London stage version last year.

It is a long way from the early days of her career, when she made her breakthrough as Bond girl Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace.

Arterton told Vogue magazine that she has mixed feelings about being a sex symbol and will not be posing in her underwear again.

“I did this photoshoot for a men’s magazine a couple of years ago that was quite sexy, I suppose, but I don’t think I’d do anything like that again,” she said.

“When it came out, I felt awkward, like I’d done something dirty. My mum was quite upset when she saw it.”

Arterton, 26, said that her early roles “served their purpose” but she is now choosy about film roles and determined to portray strong women on screen.

“When I read the script, I’m like, ‘Hmph! No.’

“I think it happens in most jobs where women aren’t equal. You have to fight through that barrier and when you do, you feel emancipated and you can do your thing.”

Arterton won critical acclaim for her role in independent film The Disappearance of Alice Creed and her next role is in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, a Hollywood production which she describes as “a cross between Pan’s Labyrinth and Kill Bill“.

Also to come is Byzantium, which promises to be a “neo-feminist vampire movie”.

The actress’s refusal to conform to Hollywood’s size zero ideal has led to some rude comments. She recalled: “There was one reporter on the red carpet who said, ‘How does it feel to know the press think you’re fat?’ And I said, ‘How does it feel to know you’re ugly and unintelligent?’

“It was the equivalent of me giving him a wallop. I nearly did, actually.”

Arterton believes that her acting career is being guided by a guardian angel.

She said that white feathers appear wherever she goes – proof, in her mind, that an angel is watching over her.

“My mum is very psychic and believes in angels. I suppose it sounds quite twee when you describe it that way. But I have these feathers that follow me everwhere,” she explained.

“My mum told me that whenever there’s a white feather, it’s your guardian angel. I think my guardian angel is my nan. When I arrived in Berlin [to shoot Hansel and Gretel], I opened my suitcase and there was this big white feather on top. And I thought, ‘How did that get there?’ This happens a lot.”

On another occasion she went to audition for a film about which she had mixed feelings, and found a white feather in her pocket. “I decided not to do the movie. It just wasn’t right. It’s weird, isn’t it?”

:: The full interview is in the March issue of Vogue, on sale now