A Minute With: Gemma Arterton on choosing roles, new challenges

Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:11am EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British actress Gemma Arterton does not need to worry about typecasting with roles ranging from a fairy tale character and literary heroines to MI6 agent Strawberry Fields in the 2008 James Bond film "Quantum of Solace."

In "Unfinished Song," a comedy-drama that opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, Arterton, 27, stars as Elizabeth, a music teacher in a boys' school.

She also directs a choir for seniors, which includes Marion, played by Vanessa Redgrave, and forges a special friendship with her cantankerous retired husband, played by Terence Stamp.

The following week Arterton will be seen in U.S. theaters as a sexy vampire in Neil Jordan's film "Byzantium."

Arterton spoke to Reuters about her choice of characters, sharing the big screen with Redgrave and Stamp, and her first French-speaking role in the upcoming film "Gemma Bovery."

Q: You have some interesting films coming out. Two are opening in the space of a week. How did you manage that?

A: It's weird that it happened that way. I made them about three months apart. It's nice. I remember when the Bond film came out in the UK I also made the TV show called "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and they were so different and it was really good that it happened. It's nice when people can see the range.

Q: "Unfinished Song" is a small British film that is about as far away as you can get from a Bond film. What attracted you to the role?   Continued...

British actress Gemma Arterton poses for photographers at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London in this February 10, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/Files