Cultural Life: Gemma Arterton, Actress


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I'm one of the Bond girls in Quantum of Solace, so I watched Daniel Craig in Enduring Love on DVD. Lots of the previous Bond girls have been quite negative about being a Bond girl – but I am thrilled to be in it! I saw The Other Boleyn Girl because my friend Eddie Redmayne, who also stars with me in the BBC drama Tess of the d'Urbervilles that we are filming right now in Bath, is in it. As filming Tess is quite depressing, I've been watching comedies to cheer myself up, including Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. I also watched The Shipping News with Julianne Moore as she is my favourite actress. I want to see Shine a Light because I love The Rolling Stones.

Books
I'm reading Tess of the d'Urbervilles over and over again. I'm also reading lots of history books about the Victorian era. I am going to start reading Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil. I'm soon to be in the film adaptation of the book. I play the romantic heroine who is very sensual and everybody is obsessed by her. It is set against a true story of the 1917 explosion of a docked ship loaded with munitions that destroyed the north end of Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the First World War.

Music
I'm listening to Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John to cheer myself up. As I said earlier, filming Tess is intense. Also, indie pop band Camera Obscura and French musical collective Nouvelle Vague. I'm always listening to music; I can't live without it. I've been listening to Talking Heads and The Rolling Stones. I couldn't go and see Björk play last week because I was filming.

Theatre/opera
I'm about to see She Stoops to Conquer at the Theatre Royal Bath. I have booked tickets to see Brecht's The Good Soul of Szechuan, starring Jane Horrocks. The last thing I saw was the David Hare play The Vertical Hour at the Royal Court, which was really good. I've never been to the opera; I've only seen opera on DVD.

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