×

Articles

Gemma Arterton: 'I'm Not One Of Hollywood's Most Bankable Stars'

Gemma Arterton has worked out her rating in Hollywood puts her on the C-list.

The British actress became an overnight star in la-la land after landing the part of a Bond girl in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, but in recent years she has turned her back on big blockbusters in favor of more meaningful movies.

She has also set up Rebel Park Productions, but says securing funding for projects is no easy task.

“When you make films about women, you can’t get financing in the same way you would if it was a film about men,” she told ES Magazine.

“It really exists,” she added of Hollywood’s rumored List, which ranks stars according to their bankability. “I’m like, a C.

"I know, because I am sitting in the meetings trying to get financing for films that I’m in. And they’re like, ‘We love you, but could you also get... (insert category A actress)?’”

Gemma’s latest film, Their Finest, is just days away from being released, and sees the 31-year-old play a copywriter during World War II who’s drafted in by the British government to make propaganda films in a bid to boost the nation’s morale. Her character, who is based on screenwriter Diana Morgan, gets dismissed by her male colleagues.

The film boasts an all-star British cast including Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy and Richard E. Grant.

“It still is the case that the majority of women on a set are confined to be the make-up artists, costume mistress and script supervisor, but it’s changing,” Gemma smiled.

And as for her own career choices, the actress says her goals have changed now that she’s an established star.

“For the first seven or eight years of my career, I was doing stuff because I thought I should, or I thought I was lucky to get that part. And I am grateful — it set me up,” she explained. "But it sits really badly with me when I make something I’m not proud of, or doesn’t say what I want to say.”