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  M.   June 30, 2013

– Hey Gemma. A serious question to start with. My mother-in-law is a witch. I’m pretty sure of that. Can you go over to her place and, you know, deal with her?

Sure. For a price (laughs). I don’t work cheap.

– OK. I’m happy to pay up.

Let’s do it.

– As kids, we all read Hansel and Gretel, the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, and were terrified. Your film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is an interesting concept. It takes us beyond the book. Can you give a quick description of the film?

Yeah. I play Gretel. Jeremy Renner plays Hansel. The story includes the original fairytale, but it also continues after the original fairytale ends.

The original fairytale doesn’t really end. It doesn’t button. They kill the witch, and then what?

– That’s what I liked about it. You see that Hansel and Gretel are actually real people. They have been through a terrible ordeal as kids – being kidnapped and almost eaten by a witch – so you’d expect them to have some “issues” after their escape.

Yes, they’ve obviously gone through some major trauma. They don’t have their parents anymore. The movie jumps 15 years later and we see they have changed.

– They sure have. You wouldn’t want to mess with Hansel and Gretel.

Right. Fifteen years later they have become witch bounty hunters and have become celebrities in the witch hunting world. If you are witch, you definitely don’t want to be in their path.

– They definitely went through a tough time. How about yourself over the years? I doubt you were kidnapped by a witch and in danger of being eaten, but have you had tough times where you have come out OK?

I think it is a blessing to have tough experiences. You learn from them. You need to develop. It can be bad at the time, but if you can come out of it OK, it can be a blessing.

– Now for a very serious, important question. How long did it take you to get into the leather pants each day? They looked skin tight!

(Laughs). Oh man! There was a lot of talcum powder involved.

– It’s not fair. Jeremy didn’t have to wear the skin tight leather pants.

No he didn’t. It wouldn’t have been a good look on Jeremy. It would have been a bit too much (laughs). I’d be like, ‘No way Jeremy. Too early in the morning for those!’

– You looked great in the leather. It must have been a hassle putting it on, but for us audience members, it was well worth it.

I had to wear a corset as well. I had to suck everything in and then, cinch in. Then the gloves, but it was great.

– I like how Hansel now has diabetes from eating so much of the witch’s candy house?

Yeah. He has diabetes. He can’t figure if he has high blood pressure or low blood pressure.

– As a kid, were you a fan of the Grimm’s Hansel and Gretel fairytale?

I was. I loved it. It was quite a dark fairytale and did not really have a happy ending. I liked that, but it was also very scary to me.

– You must be happy with how your career is going, particularly with the big action films. You played Strawberry Fields in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, we saw you in Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia, and coming up you co-star with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in the crime-thriller Runner, Runner.

I am very blessed to do jobs that are my passion. Long may it continue.

– Gretel is such a powerful force. It must have been fun for you to play such a strong character. We don’t always see such strong female characters in Hollywood action films.

It was one of the things that really attracted me to the role. Hansel and Gretel are brother and sister, so there’s no romance there. Gretel is as strong as they come.

– As an actor you are playing different people all the time. You have to crawl into their skin. By playing other people, does that teach you more about yourself?

Yes. You have to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You have to empathize and understand the people you play, even if you are playing a villain.

It opens yourself up to what it means to be a human being. It allows you to get in touch with different feelings.

– There were some ugly witches in this movie. Who was your favorite wicked witch?

Famke (Janssen) is pretty hot.

– She’s also a Bond girl.

Yeah. I also like Zoe Bell’s witch. She is the first witch we kill. She’s the tall witch. And I love Ingrid’s witch (Ingrid Bolse Berdal). She’s the one with the purple hair. She is off the wall crazy.

– The weapons in Hansel & Gretel were medieval to look at, but extremely lethal. What was it like messing around with them?

We wanted them to look like we could have made them ourselves and they had to be advanced enough to defend us allow us to kill witches.

The weapons had to look like they were of the time, but weren’t of the time, if that makes sense.

– Your preferred weapon of choice was a frightening looking crossbow. How were you with it? If I put an apple on my head would you be able to hit it from 30 paces away?

I would probably hit your head by accident, not the apple (laughs). It was very heavy. It was hard to carry and I in fact whacked myself in the head a few times.

– OK. We won’t be doing any crossbow apple tricks then. One last question. If you were a bounty hunter, who would you go after in real life?

– Oh gosh. That’s a hard question (laughs). There’s a lot of people who I’d go after – pedophiles, rapists and tax collectors.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is out now.

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  M.   June 30, 2013

By Hayden Manders

Hollywood had better be prepared for the rise of Gemma Arterton. The theater-turned-film actress has already proven she can kick some action hero butt like 007, and already has two British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations under her belt. For a girl whose resume is only beginning, that’s pretty darn impressive. Oh, and not to mention, she’s absolutely stunning.

Avon made a good call in making her the face of its beauty line. Her flawlessly fair skin is almost as famous as her acting ability, and she makes good use of both in her latest film, Byzantium. Arterton plays Clara, a hyper-sexual vampire trying to outrun her 200-year history. Arterton’s personal history doesn’t run that deep, but it does extend into the theater world, where she hopes to end up after her stint in film is done (but that won’t be for a long, long time). The girl’s got talent, and her infectious personality could put her in the running to be our new BFF, but we won’t jump the gun just yet — don’t want to scare her off right away.

In Byzantium, your character uses a lot of sexuality and intensity to get her own way. Was that her antiquated view of a woman’s options in the world (as opposed to Eleanor, who was much more upfront and honest), or do you think that is still a reality which women have to face?
“No, they don’t. They don’t have to do that at all. She does it because it’s what she knows; it’s her best trick. She knows how to manipulate men sexually. It was just something I decided was her strongest weapon. I think there are definitely women out there who use their sexuality to get what they want, but I don’t think it’s the way. I think having a brain is the best.”

Not to go back in time, but we have to ask: The sexual tension between you and Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince Of Persia was palpable. How was it working with him? How did you guys develop chemistry?
“Yeah, actually the last time I was in New York, we went for dinner. We hadn’t seen each other in a couple of years because he’s been away, and I’ve been away. I was so young when that filmed — 20 or 21. It was a strange time. It was quite a hard movie to make for the both of us, but since then we’ve been getting on really well. He’s just a really lovely guy. He’s very giving. I think he’s a proper actor. He was really sweet.”

What did you learn from him?
“Resilience. I think he’s very resilient, and detailed. Everything matters to him. He’s very attentive. He really takes everything into his own. He’s very responsible, and makes sure everything is right. I tend to be all over the place, and hippie-like, but he always stressed being attentive.”

Does this “hippie” kind of work ethic carry through into your personal style?
“No, I’m not hippie in personal style, but I guess I’m sort of airy. I tend to go with the flow a lot. Sometimes I can be a bit passive. I’m a bit of a contradiction: I’m passive, but very fiery. I started off in the theater, and I’m used to being more actor-y. Film is a lot different, there’s a lot more ego involved. Theater is about doing the right thing and having fun. It’s been a process finding out how it all works.”

Would you ever go back to theater?
“I always want to go back. I’ve always got my finger in the pies. I’m hopefully doing a musical next year, and also a play. I’ve tried to do a play every year, but you have to really, really commit to it. It’s quite hard. For me, my heart is in theater. I’ll always be primarily a theater actor. Film, this is what I’m doing for the moment. I’m doing it because I can, and the opportunities are there, but the theater is where I feel the happiest. My dream is to own my own theater. Ever since I moved to London, I found this theater that’s derelict in South London. I want to buy it and make it into my own theater. That’s my ultimate goal. I think I’m going to do it. I’ve got this feeling I’m going to do it. I want to be the head of my own theater and be an artistic director. That won’t be for a long time, though. I’ve got to finish all this film stuff.” Read More

  M.   June 28, 2013

Gemma Arterton believes working with a small budget gives films “an edge”.

Gemma Arterton says it’s tough making movies about “strong” women.

The British actress shared her experiences from the set of Byzantium – which saw her and Saoirse Ronan play a mother and daughter vampire duo. Gemma admits pushing ahead with a female-led film was difficult. However, she believes obstacles like a restricted budget simply made the cast and crew more determined.

“It’s hard to make movies about women, especially when they’re strong. It was really hard to make this. There was a big actor lined up for the Darvel part, which Sam Riley played. He dropped out at the last minute, and all the financing fell through — even though the part wasn’t that big. We all agreed to do it for half the fee. It was hard, but we did it,” she told Metro.us. “We had to get creative and work out how to do that. I like that, as stressful as it is for the production. Having worked on big budget films where there’s an abundance of money, sometimes you can get a bit slow… When you have no money it gives it an edge.”

As well as indie movies, Gemma has also had her fair share of starring in blockbusters. While the 27-year-old star had some “good experiences” of working on big budget movies, other projects have left her feeling frustrated.

“You do it, and usually they cut it. That’s what happens a lot,” she replied when asked if it’s possible to put your personality into big movies. “You get the first script and you think, ‘This is cool.’ Then they bring in 12 other writers, and then they change it. And then in the edit, they change it totally. I find that really frustrating… I made a decision not to do that type of film.”

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  M.   June 28, 2013

Written by Nancy Mills

What can an ex-Bond girl learn from playing a choir director who teaches oldsters to sing? “I had to learn how to play the piano and conduct,” says Gemma Arterton, who played Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace and stars with Vanessa Redgrave and Terrence Stamp in Unfinished Song, now in theaters.

“I’m always thinking about learning new things. It’s inevitable that everyone gets old, but there’s no reason not to find joy later on in life. Music is very cathartic, and it brings people together. It has this inescapable emotional effect. When you hear a piece of music, or especially if you sing it, it can be quite a release.”

Arterton, 27, who sang with several bands before becoming successful as an actress, hasn’t given up her own musical ambitions. “Next year I might be singing for a living,” she says. “I’m hoping to do a musical adaptation of Made in Dagenham (a film about women striking for equal pay at a Ford car plant in England) in London’s West End.”

Her challenge now is learning to speak French to play the title role in the film Gemma Bovery, based on Posy Simmonds’ graphic-novel homage to Madame Bovary.

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  M.   June 27, 2013

By Matt Prigge

Gemma Arterton is a Bond girl, but being a Bond girl in the 21st century is different than in the 20th. A small bit in “Quantum of Solace” led to leading roles in other big-budget productions like “Prince of Persia,” “Clash of the Titans” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.” But she’s made sure to do enough smaller films, like “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” to remind viewers of her deep history in theater. She currently has two new movies in American theaters: “Unfinished Song” is a dramedy/weepie where she leads a chorus of old singers, including Vanessa Redgrave; and in “Byzantium,” from “Interview With the Vampire” director Neil Jordan, she’s a bloodsucker perpetually on the run with daughter Saoirse Ronan.

Byzantium” is one of those vampire films that goes out of its way to avoid being a traditional vampire film.
I was approached really early on, when the script was still based on a play. It was totally different. The vampire aspect was a figment of the girl, Eleanor’s, imagination. It was more about mental illness and abuse, with this girl saying to her psychologist that she was living with a vampire. What attracted me was this weird relationship between the girl and her mother. When Neil [Jordan] came on, he decided to make it more of a vampire movie. But that relationship remained. It felt similar to my own childhood. I was raised with two women, my sister and my mother, who was very young.

It’s noticeably smaller in scale than “Interview With the Vampire,” which was mostly about men.
It’s hard to make movies about women, especially when they’re strong. It was really hard to make this. There was a big actor lined up for the Darvel part, which Sam Riley played. He dropped out at the last minute, and all the financing fell through — even though the part wasn’t that big. We all agreed to do it for half the fee. It was hard, but we did it.

Does doing a film like this on a relatively small budget give everyone the drive to make it even better?
I think it was frustrating for Neil because he’s so grand in his vision. I liked that because I think it had to be dilapidated. This film is grand and dilapidated at the same time. We had to get creative and work out how to do that. I like that, as stressful as it is for the production. Having worked on big budget films where there’s an abundance of money, sometimes you can get a bit slow. Like “C’mon let’s just do it!” When you have no money it gives it an edge.

What has been your experience with bigger films?
I had really bad experiences on big budget movies, and I’ve had good experiences as well. With “Hansel and Gretel,” I was very involved, very much in the loop. Other ones, you’re treated like a little pawn to be moved around. I found that very frustrating coming from theater, where you’re so in it. Read More

  M.   June 27, 2013

Clad in a stunning red dress that served to enhance everything beneath, she descended the stairs that led down from the hidden patio on which they’d been filming and joined us at the monitors.

Fun fact: Arterton sang snatches from CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY between takes. When asked how she knew the lyrics so well, she explained it was because it was one of her favorite films when she was a kid.

Why she picked this movie: I thought the script itself, the whole thing kind of gripped me. I thought it was very clever. I thought the monologues were great. I’ve always liked those Rat Pack casino movies. And one of my favorite movies is GILDA, and there’s kind of Gilda quality to this a little bit and, then in other ways it’s very contemporary, very like “bling, modern, get rich quick, money-loving, prostitute-loving. (laugh) You know, that kind of sleazy bling world. It’s that as well, but it has this style to it that I was enticed by. It’s about money, power and greed, [and] mistakes in life.

Why her character is important to the story and just who her character is: I play Ivan Bloch’s, who’s Ben Affleck’s character, his right-hand woman, the kind of woman that runs things, you know. And then we end up–me and Justin, end up falling in love. And she’s like a femme fatale but then [she] redeems herself just enough to save face. Rebecca is the kind of the humanity in the story. I mean, Justin’s character and Ivan, Ben’s character, are like the polar opposites at the start, you know. And then my character is the one that kind of brings them together in a way. They compete over me and I unlock in both of them this kind of desire and human need other than wealth, money, [and] materialistic needs. And similarly, that’s what [Justin]’s character does to my character, you know. She is a very materialistic person, greedy and spoiled and very rich and he brings her back down to earth. So I think she is like the human glue. Otherwise, it would just be about money, and we might as well make a movie about politicians. You know, I think it’s, [she] actually makes the movie feel.

Why her character was changed from American to English: I actually went in and did an American accent in my audition. And also that was a draw for me. I was like, ooh, cool, I can do an American accent in this film. I have yet to have done one. [But then they said] “we love your accent.” (laugh) That always happens. (laugh) I’m like, “what accent? I don’t have an accent!” So then Brad was like, “do it in an English accent.” And he liked it as well because it made it more international and, you know, it’s a global company that we work for in the film, and it makes sense. It’s nice, you know. I don’t have to worry.

Why she loved working with Ben Affleck: We have this weird back story, Ben and I, and we had a relationship in the film. He has this possessive kind of thing over me. My character’s very independent. And she’s very cutting. And there’s one particular scene where he finds out that I’ve just had a night of intimacy with Justin’s character, and he gets very jealous and then, like, kind of pounces on me, but that wasn’t in the script. It was really fun and like, he really sprung it on me… And I love all that stuff. I’m always like, “bring it on, do something that’s going to creep me out a little bit!” So what was on the page became much more than what we read, and so it was much richer.

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So there’s all that for you. Hope you enjoyed a peek into the process behind the making of this “very sexy stylized thriller” (in the words of Arterton), and look for RUNNER RUNNER to arrive in theaters on September 27, 2013.

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  Nicole   June 26, 2013

Gemma Arterton has revealed that she often goes clubbing with her mum.

The St Trinian’s star admits she’s always felt more mature than her party-loving mother, who raised Gemma and her sister mostly on her own.

‘She’s been clubbing for the past 20 years,’ says Gemma, 27. ‘That’s what she does. I go clubbing with her sometimes. Whenever I tell people that she does that they are so shocked, but loads of people in their 50s go clubbing. It’s not that odd.’

Gemma says she realised at an early age that she’d be the grown-up one in the relationship, much like mum Edina and daughter Saffy’s bond depicted in Jennifer Saunders’ comedy Absolutely Fabulous.

‘Um, when I was about three or four [I realised],’ the actress tells The Observer. ‘I think it’s part of my personality – I’m quite maternal. In terms of our personalities, we’re quite different. Our house was like a softer version of Absolutely Fabulous at times – this complicated mother-daughter relationship in which sometimes the daughter is the mother.’

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