Looks aren’t im­por­tant: Gemma Arter­ton

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Ac­tor Gemma Arter­ton (left) says she doesn’t place any im­por­tance on the way she looks.

The 30-year-old Bri­tish ac­tor has had a var­ied ca­reer; tread­ing the boards on stage as well as star­ring in both Hol­ly­wood and In­die films.

Ear­lier this year, Gemma won praise after play­ing the lead role in play Nell Gwynn, and was nom­i­nated for a pres­ti­gious Lau­rence Olivier Award for the best ac­tress cat­e­gory. Com­par­ing the stage to the screen, the 30-year-old says the im­por­tance placed on looks varies enor­mously in the two medi­ums.

“Look, I’ve trained for six years, I started out in the theatre where, if you’re good for the role, you get the part. I don’t think I ever heard of anyone be­ing hired be­cause of their looks, which is very dif­fer­ent from the movie in­dus­try,” Gemma said.

She fur­ther added, “Some pro­duc­ers and di­rec­tors care, some don't. And I now choose to work with those who don't. Frankly, I don’t care how I look. I don’t want my face or body con­sid­ered in that way. I’m not a model, that’s not my job, so why would it ever be a con­sid­er­a­tion?”

PHOTO: NEIL HALL/REUTERS

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