Warrior QueenHow Gemma Arterton is forging a career playing strong women
The title of Gemma Arterton’s new movie, The Girl with All the Gifts, could just as easily be a description of the actress herself. The 30-year-old Brit has been a Bond girl (2008’s Quantum of Solace), starred in comedies, blockbusters, indie films and dramas and seen her name up in lights outside theaters in London’s West End. Having lived in Paris on and off for the past few years, Arterton speaks the language well enough to bag leading roles in French movies, too.
At a time when kick-ass heroines are giving male action heroes a run for their money, The Girl with All the Gifts — a sci-fi zombie thriller (U.S. release date forthcoming) — places Arterton among the best of them, and later this year she’ll play iconic female warrior Joan of Arc on the London stage.
In a recent interview, Arterton revealed her mantra, given to her by a fellow actress: “She said, ‘Do things that scare you.’ I’ve always remembered that and I try to keep to it.”