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Gemma Arterton praises ‘real’ Glenn Close

Published 03/09/2016

Gemma Arterton
Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton is glad she didn’t look sexy in her new film, The Girl with All the Gifts.

Gemma Arterton was relieved at how “normal and real” Glenn Close was when they filmed The Girl with All the Gifts.

British actress Gemma stars as teacher Helen Justineau in the post-apocalyptic drama, about a child who breaks the mould in a world where humans are plagued with a zombie fungus. Oscar-nominated Glenn plays head scientist Dr. Caroline Caldwell and, luckily for Gemma, was a world away from her brutal onscreen alter ego.

“I’ve always been a huge fan,” Gemma gushed to Total Film magazine of the actress. “I was like, ‘Who is going to play Caldwell?’ I imagined it to be someone English, and they said ‘Glenn Close’. I was a bit intimidated. But she was really normal and real. She laughs in between takes. She’s not as serious as you’d think, or as cold.”

The theme of the film made Gemma, 30, think about how she would react if such a scenario were to happen in real life. She also thrived in being part of a film which isn’t big-budget – something she’s made an avid decision to move away from after features like Clash of the Titans and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

“Of course,” she grinned when asked if she enjoyed wearing the laidback attire of a sweater and combat trousers. “In the Hollywood version, I would take off all my clothes and be all sweaty and have dirt here (points to cleavage). I hate it when you watch films and you’re like, ‘They’re a scientist, as if they’d wear a tight crop-vest...’”

As for whether she’d ever return to blockbusters, Gemma reasoned she’d rather make small movies she’s proud of than bigger ones that she’d feel “embarrassed” by.

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