Gemma Arterton: 'Looks aren't important in the theatre'

18th Oct 16 | Fashion

Gemma Arterton took her love for gymnastics to the next level when she got to film her own stunts on blockbuster movies.

Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton doesn't place any importance on the way she looks.

The British actress, who has made it on to countless most beautiful women lists, has had a varied career; treading the boards on stage as well as starring in both Hollywood and indie flicks.

Earlier this year (16), Gemma won praise after playing the lead role in play Nell Gwynn, and was nominated for a prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress. Comparing the stage to the screen, the 30-year-old says the importance placed on looks varies enormously in the two mediums.

"Look, I trained for six years, I started out in the theatre where, if you're good for the role, you get the part," she began to Hello! magazine. "I don't think I ever heard of anyone being hired because of their looks, which is very different from the movie industry. "Some producers and directors care, some don't. And I now choose to work with those who don't. Frankly, I don't give a s**t how I look. I don't want my face or body considered in that way. I'm not a model, that's not my job, so why would it ever be a consideration?"

As is normal with Gemma's career, the brunette star has now flipped her attention back to film and television work. She has three new films due for imminent release, plus a further two in production and is also filming a TV version of Watership Down.

While she's made it clear in the past that she didn't enjoy her experience on huge blockbuster flicks, Gemma did like the adrenaline kick she got from doing her own stunts on movies like Bond film Quantum of Solace.

"I really loved doing stunts and getting the chance to do them at the beginning of my career was amazing because I loved gymnastics in school. I loved chucking myself around," she grinned.

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