Gemma Arterton wants to play ‘sexy, real women, not pin-ups’
HollywoodNews.com: British actress Gemma Arteron may not be in contention this award season, but she’s set on tackling more serious roles in the future unlike the g.f. parts she’s booked.
In her latest comedy, “Tamara Drewe” from Sony Classics, Arterton plays the apple of many a man’s eye. IMDB describes the plot of the Stephen Frears’ film as “A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.”
Despite her turns in prolific fare as “Prince of Persia” and “Clash of the Titans,” the 24-year-old actress fears she’ll be pigeon-holed as the love interest in upcoming films.
Talking to Virgin Media, Arterton exclaims “What I want to do is find characters who are the focus. Sexy and real women, not perfect. Not pin-ups.
“I feel so lucky. I always thought I’d be in period dramas playing downtrodden girls in love. I read so many scripts and they’re all the same – either the character is just someone to be in the background or they’re there to help the man, to be the love interest like I’ve done in ‘Prince Of Persia’ or ‘Clash Of The Titans.’”
At the film’s London premiere for “Tamara,” Arterton made it clear that she really didn’t want to play the titular role at the beginning.
“I didn’t actually want to play Tamara when I first read it because I didn’t like her.
“She’s a femme fatale but she’s really lost, she’s desperate, she’s a very modern woman. I know a lot of women like Tamara Drewe.”
However, the actress had a moment of clarity and saw the character in a different light.
“It’s good to play people that you don’t understand originally because you have to work out why they do the things that they do.”
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