Gemma Arterton says my Bond girl should have refused to have sex with 007

She won an army of fans after playing the sexy Bond girl Strawberry Fields, but Gemma Arterton says she prefers her latest role in wearing nun habits.

Jema also had to shave some of her hair for her role in tonight’s long-awaited BBC One drama Black Narcissus.

The three-part series is about a religious organization of the 1930s that set up schools and hospitals in an abandoned palace in the Himalayan region of Tibet.

Jema said: “I have this weird hairstyle. I was very grateful that I didn’t have to shave it all, but I did Bob a little.

“I’m still really growing it, I have short bits everywhere, but I loved getting into that habit.”

The role of the nun couldn’t be far from Strawberry, the MI6 agent in Quantum of Solace in 2008, starring Daniel Craig as 007.

Despite defeating 1,500 other applicants to become a Bond girl, Jema admitted that she had been criticized for her role.

She states: “At the beginning of my career, I was poor as a church mouse, so I was happy to work and earn a living.

Arterton won an army of fans after playing the sexy Bond girl Strawberry.

“I’m still criticized for accepting Quantum of Solace, but I was 21 and had a student loan. It was a Bond movie.

“But as I got older, I realized that Bond girls made a lot of mistakes. Strawberry should have really said no and put on flat shoes.”

Jema grew up in a public housing in Gravesend, Kent, with her mother’s cleaning business, Salian, and her sister, Hannah.

Her parents split when she was very young, but Jema is near her dad Barry, the welder.

She won a scholarship for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the age of 18 and starred in St. Trinian, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Battle of Titan, Kingsman: The Secret Service, the BBC’s Tess of the D’. Arborville.

Jema’s extraordinary success means she can choose and choose a new role.

The actress prefers her latest role in wearing nun habits

Jema is married to Peaky Blinders actor Rory Keenan

In one interview, she said: “I’m in a time in my life where if I’m working on a project, it has to be really great. I don’t just want to work to work.”

In Black Narcissus, she plays Sister Cloder, who leads a group of nuns to a new home on a remote mountaintop in Nepal, but discovers that it is a former harem full of tragedy and dark secrets. Did.

A psychological drama based on the 1939 novel of the same name by Rumer Godden was filmed before the pandemic.

The production was split into three weeks at Pinewood Studios in London and the Himalayas, ending two days before Christmas last year.

She states: “I am very proud of the work I have done in this regard. We put our heart and soul into it.

“We all went to Nepal and it took us three flights and a week to get there. We weren’t anywhere in the Himalayas, and it was a truly special bond experience.

“Highlights of my career”

“These things don’t happen very often. It’s really magical, and for me the shoot itself has been one of the highlights of my career so far.”

However, shooting in a village 8,900 feet above sea level is not without its drawbacks.

In addition to sub-zero temperatures, Jema says that one night everything became “hyperactive” because of the high altitude.

She said. “We were well cared for and had blankets, but it’s extreme. At night the temperature drops dramatically and when you’re there yourself, the altitude rises.

“I remember having a party one night and everyone was dancing outside and didn’t drink anything, but the air was so thin that just dizziness made everyone very active.”

Despite being remote, the cast and crew were delighted to find the familiar-sounding Yak Donald restaurant, which offers a “happy set” made from local long-haired cows called yaks.

Jema says he is still criticized for accepting Quantum of Solace in 2008.

Jema said: “You have a yak burger and yak cheese and this place is very well known. People come from all over the world to get there. I was very excited.”

The Black Narcissus is the latest in a series of gritty parts from Gemma.

In 2009, in the noir thriller “The Disappearance of Arisk Reed,” she played the kidnapped victim. She was handcuffed, gagged, and tied to bed for most of the film.

There was a mostly improvised drama The Escape in 2017 about boring and desperate housewives, and in this year’s Summerland, her character Alice is a recluse whose life is dramatically changed by the shelters of the child war.

Gemma wants to help make a difference in Hollywood, as well as avoiding its decorative role.

In 2013, she founded her own production company, Rebel Park, which focuses primarily on women’s talents and has campaigned for equal pay in the film industry.

“Mary Poppins but more rock” “N” roll

She states: “I have my own production company that aims to give women the opportunity to make films.

“that is [the industry] It’s getting better, but it’s definitely not yet.

“I had a little trouble at first, but I will continue to propose to people.”

A sober and candid star says she intends to learn from the mistakes she made in her early career and act as much as she can.

Jema said: “I’m looking forward to getting older and smarter. My role model is my grandfather. Even in the mid-’90s, he made the impression of his twenties.

“He was very keen and looked like Clark Gable with a mustache and hair. He was still sexy — a really hot guy. I secretly hope he inherited his genes.”

Jema also had to shave part of her hair for her role in black daffodils

She certainly inherits the work ethic of the family’s “transplanter”.

Jema’s latest blockbuster, Kingsman, will be directed by Matthew Vaughn and will be released in February.

She has also voiced two animated films and will star with Colin Firth in the 1930s theatrical drama Curtain Call.

Kingsman is the third movie in the Kingsman series, starring Ralph Fiennes and Djimon Hounsou.

Jema plays a secret agent again, but unlike Bond girls, Polly is “interesting and a little different.”

She added: “I remember telling Matthew that she was Mary Poppins, but more rock and roll. She runs this global network of spies. Polly is incredibly quick and smart.”

During the blockade, Rory wrote and produced two films while Jema was painting.

Apart from the camera, Jema’s private life will be no more.

She married the Peaky Blinders and war and peace actor Rory Keenan, 40, at a private ceremony in Wicklow, Ireland last year.

The pair began dating shortly after co-starring in the West End theater Saint Joan by the George Bernard Shaw in 2016.

During lockdown Irish Rory wrote and made two films, while Gemma took up painting.

The pair both love cooking and, as a huge fan of The Great British Bake Off, Gemma has even considered what she would make if she was given the chance to be a contestant.

During an interview on the Table Manners podcast, she said: “I really like a Gypsy Tart which is a Kentish tart. If I went on GBBO, I would do that as it’s such a guilty pleasure.”

Acting, film production, campaigning, baking . . . is there anything Gemma cannot do?

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