Gemma: Never in my short career, I’ve never had that experience where I wasn’t sure if I was acting or if it was real.
Gemma: You can’t connect with something you’re not passionate about.
Gemma: When I watch myself in movies I go, ‘My God.’
Gemma: My family was never cultural in that we never went to see plays, my mum wasn’t very into films.
Gemma: My family are very down-to-earth people. We are not showbizzy at all.
Gemma: It’s such a male-dominated industry. You can be a feminist, it’s just difficult because it sometimes comes back at you.
Gemma: Music is my biggest passion aside from anything else.
Gemma: It’s interesting for me to always make myself look very different.
Gemma: I’ve never been to the opera; I’ve only seen opera on DVD.
Gemma: I’ve done about four deaths in films now, and I think it’s quite good because then it’s sort of a memorable moment in the film.
Gemma: I’m always listening to music; I can’t live without it.
Gemma: I probably should get a bit more star-struck but I never do.
Gemma: I love strange things; my favorite movies are weird, eclectic, and intriguing.
Gemma: I don’t want to be about the way I look – my body, my hair, my makeup, all those boring things.
Gemma: I don’t know why it’s still a taboo to be a feminist.
Gemma: I don’t go out and go to parties and do all of that.
Gemma: I actually had a cockney accent before I went to drama school. It’s softened up a bit.
Gemma: Especially with girls, people always want to put them in little brackets.
Gemma: I’m always surprised at what I actually end up doing because I don’t have a strategy or a game plan, especially now that I’m making my own choices.
Gemma: I was quite naughty at school.
Gemma: I am terrible at video games and I am really competitive. And if I am not the best at something, I go absolutely crazy!
Gemma: I always thought I was going to end up an old spinster, with my cats and fur coats.
Gemma: My mother, she had a very good attitude toward money. I’m very grateful for the fact that we had to learn to save. I used to get like 50 pence a week, and I’d save it for like five months. And then I’d spend it on Christmas presents. I’d save up like eight pounds. It’s nothing, but we did that.
Gemma: The industry is quite chauvinistic generally. Expectations of women, girls, what they should look like, how they should be, what they should say, what they should wear, how their hair should be, what color their skin should be.
Gemma: It’s difficult for a young girl like me. Because there’s a certain time for young actresses, which is like a really juicy period when all the parts are love interests and young heroines. Of course, there’s always work for men whatever age they are.
Gemma: I’m looking at working with people I get on with, that respect me, that don’t just see me as a piece of ass. Which I have experienced as well. I’ve nearly walked off very big films before, and I would, because I don’t want that in my life. I want to enjoy the work I do.
Gemma: I was in lots of dodgy bands growing up and I always fancied myself in a band. But, you know, I was rubbish at writing music. So maybe one day I’ll play a rock star, or punk rocker.
Gemma: I wouldn’t change a thing in my own life, but I’d like to go back in time anyway though, just to some sort of eras that I wish I’d lived in – like the ’60s. I’d love to have been in London in the ’60s, partying away.
Arterton: (On the BBC series Tess Of The D’Urbervilles in which she starred) I played the character of Hope, Tess’s younger sister, in a school play. Coming to the drama again almost 10 years later is a very different experience. I was too young to really understand it first time around.
Arterton: (On Clash of the Titans)My part is, the coolest part, Io’s not in the original film. Perseus falls in love with her.
Arterton: (On Clash of the Titans) The script is very different, obviously the story is the story, but it’s much more about Perseus’ mission, and how he deals with being the son of Zeus, and things like that, so it feels a little more about him, and about the issues around that.
Arterton: (On St. Trinians) She’s the coolest one out of everyone. She’s 17 going on 30; she’s got control over everyone and everything. All the teachers, she makes sure that they’re not misbehaving. She’s the baddest one but she doesn’t have to prove it to anyone. She’s like a gangster in that respect. She’s the one that you don’t mess with!
Arterton: (On working with Daniel Craig)I was quite nervous on the first day with him, because he’s someone you see acting so well on screen and to actually meet him is quite bizarre.