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  Nicole   June 09, 2015

LONDON EVENING STANDARD – The English actress made her screen debut in St Trinian’s in 2007, before playing Bond girl Strawberry Fields in . She has since played Tamara Drewe in the big-screen adaptation of the comic strip and starred in the musical Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre last year. She lives in Battersea.

FASHION
My Valentino sweater is the most extravagant jumper I’ve splashed out on, but I rarely leave the house without it. It’s got a red heart on it and is embroidered with the words ‘These eyes are the eyes of a woman in love’. In summer, I pair it with shorts, and I always match my shoes to my sweater.

TECH
I like astrology. I subscribe to Susan Miller’s Astrology Zone app for an in-depth forecast every day. Today’s was: ‘Wanting to do renovations to your house? Now is a really great time.’ And you know what? I’m building a roof terrace.

DÉCOR
There’s an amazing photograph of my younger sister Hannah and me that I always have in my dressing room. I’m six in the photo, and we’re sitting beneath Glastonbury Tor wearing multicoloured dungarees and meditating with crystal balls on our heads. We’d camp at the bottom of the hill every year, outside the festival season.

MUSIC
I’m a glam rock girl — T Rex’s ‘Get It On’ never fails to have me dancing around the room — but I also love a bit of late 1970s punk or UK hip-hop. The Clash and David Bowie also do it for me.

FITNESS
Running is my workout of choice. I do Pilates because my best friend is a fantastic instructor. I’m lucky to be sent sportswear by all the different labels.

BOXSET
Game of Thrones is completely addictive, even if the acting isn’t great. My favourite character was Charles Dance’s Tywin Lannister, who was so evil but so compelling. Spoiler alert: he’s not my favourite actor in it any more. What a way to go…

DRINK
Jason Vale is the Juice Master, everyone knows that. He’s got a smoothie called Turbo Charge to which I add a ton of ginger to make it really spicy. In the morning I knock back ginger on its own — I swear it got me through to summer without getting sick.

CULTURE
You wouldn’t believe how excited I am about the return of Twin Peaks. I’m having weird David Lynch-style dreams at the moment and I’ve been trying to write them down. I quote him more than anyone else: ‘We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination’ is a favourite.

BOOKS
Angela Carter’s writing is very much how I see the world: that fantastical, grotesque feminist vision. I was obsessed with Nights at the Circus when I first read it.

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  Nicole   May 27, 2015

METRO.US – With “Gemma Bovery,” Gemma Arterton joins Kristin Scott Thomas on the list of English actors who can speak French in French movies. In the film, she plays an Englishwoman who moves to the south of France and attracts the attention of an academic-turned-baker (Fabrice Luchini), who thinks she’s reminiscent of the hero of Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary.” Arterton herself fared better on her trip to France, which is also a country that offers better roles for women than the fare she was being offered in Hollywood. Indeed, after breaking through with roles in “Quantum of Solace,” “Clash of the Titans” and “Prince of Persia,” she has segued into almost exclusively smaller and more challenging films.

Had you been looking to do a film in France?
No, it just came by chance. It really changed my life, this film. I didn’t speak French before, and I was seduced by the fact that I’d have to learn French in a very short amount of time. So I learned French and now I speak fluent French. I moved over to Paris, and now I live between London and Paris. And I met my boyfriend, who’s French. The whole thing is because of this movie. [Laughs] Now I have a French agent, and I and I’m starting to work in France in French-language movies, which is a dream for me. They make many more movies in France than in the U.K., and many more of my type of movies. This whole new door is open. I wasn’t looking for it to open.

What method did you use to learn French so quickly?
I did this intensive two-week, really hardcore French course, where you stay in a family’s house. I would have breakfast and dinner with them, and then do eight hours of one-on-one French lessons. When I went there I didn’t speak any French. When I left I had enough in me to start speaking French to people.

It must be strange, at first, to act in a language you’re new to.
At the point of shooting I was only six months into learning French. I wanted to be able to improvise between the lines. I was working with an actor who was incredibly erudite and lingual: Fabrice Luchini, who is known for going off on massive tangents about literature. I wanted to have a modicum of comprehension with him, even though most of the time I couldn’t understand what he was saying. I would just nod and smile. When you learn another language you have to learn it physically rather than mentally. When you speak in a language or an accent that you’re not completely secure with, you often to it in a different voice. I know that when I speak French I speak a little higher. The director, Anne Fontaine, has had experience with American actors who had to learn French. They had to learn it phonetically and rhythmically. She said you need to walk around with the text, to do something physical, like washing up, while you’re learning it, so you can be comfortable with it on the day.

Have you gotten to the point where you can read “Madame Bovary” in French, which is often said, more than other translated novels, to be the ideal way to read it?
I haven’t! Maybe I should now. My reading is pretty bad. All I read in French is magazines and newspapers. Newspapers are good because you learn new vocabulary. But I haven’t read a proper French novel. Maybe I’ll start with “Madame Bovary.” [Laughs]

This is your second film based on a work by Posy Simmonds, who also did a twist on “Far from the Madding Crowd” called “Tamara Drewe.” Both lead characters in “Madding” and “Bovary” are proto-feminist icons too.
I think Madame Bovary is much more provincial. She’s definitely not as confident as Bathsheba [Everdene, “Madding”’s protagonist]. She is rather banal, Madame Bovary. Towards the end she finds who she is and who she wants to be. She goes on many adventures to try and find that. That happens with a lot of young women. Do not get married young! [Laughs]

France seems to be much more open than most national cinemas at depicting women as having healthy sexual appetites.
I think it’s dodgy ground to walk on. Depicting a woman as sexually promiscuous is not the way that people want to depict women, generally. I think we want to make sure women are in check. Women aren’t like that. In France there are so many movies with women in it, doing things their own way. That’s very French. The idea of mistresses and lovers is much more regular in France. In the U.K. we tend to be a little bit more conservative. [Laughs] We’d rather not talk about that kind of thing. Even when I did “Tamara Drewe,” which is a similar vibe, I didn’t even know if I liked her when I first read it. I was like, “This is a woman who sleeps around with all these different guys.” But then, all the guys are also sleeping around. All the guys she sleeps with are also shagging other people. But no one ever talks about that. They always talk about the woman like she was a slut. That’s funny and strange.

You’ve done your share of big Hollywood films, though over the last couple years you’ve done smaller, artier fare. It doesn’t seem like there are too many interesting roles for women in Hollywood.
No, there’s not. I mean, it’s sad. And if there are it’s always going to go to the Oscar winner or the very, very famous person. But even those parts aren’t that interesting. [Laughs] The woman is usually the accessory. That’s why I started my production company. I have this list of all these amazing women that no one’s ever heard about. I think it’s the beginning of a new era for women in cinema. Every interview you read with a female director or a female actor, they’re talking about that. It’s only a matter of time before people put things into their own hands and do it themselves. Personally, I can get the most interesting part in the theater. Why can’t I do that in film? In Ibsen and Shakespeare, most of the interesting parts are for women in their 40s. Why isn’t that translating in cinema, in Hollywood?

I feel like every time I talk to a female director or female actor I’m always asking about this, especially since Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech.
It’s great, though. It’s such a movement now. It’s exciting now because there’s new producers — women who are producing and even men who are saying they want to tell [women’s stories]. A producer I’ve worked with a lot [Stephen Wooley], who just produced “Carol,” most of his films are about women. He develops scripts with strong women. That’s what he does. I think that’s brilliant. We need more people like that.

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  M.   May 27, 2015

THE EVENING STANDARD – By Alistair Foster

Gemma Arterton says she will always feel like an outsider when it comes to fashion — and although as an actor she feels under pressure to look good, “you can’t live your life worrying about stuff like that”.

The actress, who has most recently starred in Made In Dagenham in the West End, told the Standard: “I like dressing myself in nice clothes and expressing myself through my clothes. But when I’m at fashionable events I always feel like an outsider — there are people that live for fashion and people that love fashion. I’m in the latter camp. Obviously as actors we are watched and you have to look presentable. You’re always under pressure.”

Arterton, who was speaking as she launched the British Designers’ Collective at Bicester Village, added: “But I don’t think you can live your life worrying about stuff like that. I’m under the persuasion that you should just wear what you want to wear and someone will always have an opinion. Whether it’s too conservative or too risqué, or whatever. We live in a culture these days where everything is under scrutiny and everything is criticised. Read More

  Nicole   March 18, 2015

THE INDEPENDENT – It was Gemma Arterton’s heart-shaped mouth that got Marjane Satrapi, director of The Voices, most excited. “She became fixated with my mouth,” says the 29-year-old star. “It’s a little bit heart-shaped, but she made a big deal out of it. In every scene I had to wear red lipstick.”

The lips are especially important as, for much of the black comedy, the only part of Arterton that we see is her decapitated head in a fridge. She’s been killed by a schizophrenic toilet factory worker, played by Ryan Reynolds, who despite lusting after her, chops off her head under the instruction of his Scottish cat. When he starts dating a fellow worker, played by Anna Kendrick, he also gets advice from Arterton’s talking head in the fridge, as well as the psychotic cat, and his loveable dog.

The British actress was offered the choice of playing either leading lady when she first chatted to Satrapi on Skype. She went for the less obvious of the two roles: “I just wanted to do something non-connected to what I had been doing before, which was focused on the body and beauty. Anna’s part is more deep and profound; I just wanted to be a bit silly.”

It’s this desire not to be pigeonholed that has led Arterton to turn her back on Hollywood. The Kent-born star had barely got her feet wet as an actress when she got the call from Bond producer Barbara Broccoli saying she had won the role of Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace. Most actors would have been doing cartwheels. “Just last night I was thinking about the moment that I found out I was going to be in a Bond film,” says Arterton. ” I wasn’t happy about it. It wasn’t like: ‘Oh my God, I’m going to be working with these people and it’s a dream come true.’ It’s like ‘Oh, cool’, and it was a great experience and fun to go all those places, but the work wasn’t so interesting.” She had a handful of scenes, wore beautiful clothes and died.

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  M.   March 16, 2015

GALLERY LINK:
– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2015 > Guardian Weekend (UK) – March 14, 2015

Born in Kent, Arterton, 29, graduated from Rada. Her movies include St Trinian’s, Quantum Of Solace, Tamara Drewe and Song For Marion. On TV, she played the title role in Tess Of The d’Urbervilles, and her stage work includes The Duchess Of Malfi and, currently, Made In Dagenham. Her new film, The Voices, opens on 20 March. She is divorced and lives in London.

‘Who would play me? Emma Stone, if she could pull off a Kent accent’

Thanks to Chuckie for the scan.

  Nicole   March 16, 2015

THE GUARDIAN – Born in Kent, Arterton, 29, graduated from Rada. Her movies include St Trinian’s, Quantum Of Solace, Tamara Drewe and Song For Marion. On TV, she played the title role in Tess Of The d’Urbervilles, and her stage work includes The Duchess Of Malfi and, currently, Made In Dagenham. Her new film, The Voices, opens on 20 March. She is divorced and lives in London.

When were you happiest?
In Corsica, climbing mountains and finding waterfalls.

What is your greatest fear?
That any harm should come to my loved ones.

What is your earliest memory?
Buying a Ribena with Dad from a vending machine in a hospital, while waiting for my sister to be born.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Self-criticism.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Ignorance.

Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
I have a Terry O’Neill print of Faye Dunaway. That was pretty steep.

What is your most treasured possession?
Home videos of my sister and me as children.

What makes you unhappy?
Boredom.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My ears.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Emma Stone, if she can pull off a Kent accent.

What is your most unappealing habit?
Picking my nails.

What is your favourite smell?
Jasmine.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A teacher, then an archaeologist, then a painter, then an actor.

What is top of your bucket list?
To see the northern lights.

What do you owe your parents?
Teaching me, subconsciously, to graft.

What does love feel like?
A hot current running through you. Other times, like constant warmth. Other times, suffocating.

What was the best kiss of your life?
In the rose garden in Regent’s Park.

Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
I have to say it every night on stage at the moment. I like the actor I say it to, but I wouldn’t say that I love him!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Elizabeth Taylor, Guy Pearce (he’s hilarious), David Bowie, Marjane Satrapi, Gena Rowlands.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
You know what I mean. Sort of.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Some choices I made in my early career. Also, I would have continued to practise the guitar.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Paris and London in the 1960s.

How do you relax?
Running, swimming and baking.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
There was a week at school when I accidentally stepped out in front of a bus twice.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
Cloudbusting, by Kate Bush.

Where would you most like to be right now?
In a quiet forest, next to the sea.

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  M.   March 05, 2015


GALLERY LINKS:
– Photo Gallery > Movies & Television > The Voices (2014) > Related Clippings > Glamour (France) – April 2015
– Photo Gallery > Movies & Television > The Voices (2014) > Related Clippings > Cinema Teaser (France) – March 2015
– Photo Gallery > Movies & Television > The Voices (2014) > Related Clippings > Premiere (France) – March 2015
– Photo Gallery > Photoshoots > Stylist (2013)