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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Gemma Arterton

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by Melissa Silverstein
November 11, 2011 9:38 AM
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This is the third time that Gemma has gotten this mention. This young woman talks about being a feminist in her interviews and embraces it unlike any other high profile female actresses. She talks about feminism because it is so comfortable to her. She talks about it because that is who she is. And let's be real. It doesn't necessarily help her career to talk about these issues which include her criticizing the industry. But she does it.

And she is an actress on the rise. She's done big movies (Quantum of Solace and Prince of Persia) and small movies (Tamara Drewe) and she's just 25. Here's what she said this weekend in a recent interview with The Guardian (please read the whole piece- it's very interesting)

It's such a male-dominated industry...You can be a feminist, it's just difficult because it sometimes comes back at you. Actually, in the last year I've found it less, because people know I'm a feminist now.
The industry is quite chauvinistic generally. Expectations of women, girls, what they should look like, how they should be, what they should say, what they should wear, how their hair should be, what colour their skin should be. It's always going to be like that. It's not so much like that in theatre or independent film, and that's why I'm sort of gravitating towards those now, because otherwise you're fighting a losing battle and never going to win it. You're just going to be known as the mouthy one who gets in trouble for saying what she thinks. I thought to myself, do I say stuff or do I silently be a feminist. What's the best thing to do?

There are many great quotes in the piece.

I am beyond impressed with her.

Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Gemma Arterton (2009)

Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Gemma Arterton (2010)

The Saturday interview: Gemma Arterton (The Guardian)

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  • Merson | November 11, 2011 11:02 AMReply

    Gemma Arterton is really gorgeous and very talented. I hope she does more American mainstream movies from now on and begins her ascension to the A-list.

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