Gemma Arterton: I'm an oddball
Published 05/01/2010 | 15:48
Gemma Arterton has revealed that she's a real-life "oddball".
The former Bond girl told The Times that she was "born with two extra fingers" and has a "crumpled ear".
"There were no bones in them, just the fingers and the fingernails - I was a freakish baby, a bit of an oddball, and I still feel like that now," she said.
The 23-year-old is keen to do more 'oddball' roles too. Her next film, The Disappearance Of Alice Creed, sees her playing a kidnap victim.
"I wanted something that was getting down and dirty, and really not about how you look," she explained.
"I get tied up, beaten up and there's nudity. All the things that made people go, 'You should not do this!', but I put my foot down."
Gemma is also due to make her West End debut in Hollywood satire The Little Dog Laughed, and is worried about the critics.
"It's daunting, and it's scary but it's something that I have to do," she said. "When you put yourself in these huge popcorn movies you get out there, in the public arena, more than anyone else. But that also means that you're out there to be criticised more than anyone else."
She added she admired Keira Knightley for taking on her theatrical role in The Misanthrope.
"She's brave to do her play," she said. "Because, for some reason, if you're successful in Britain, people tend to not like you. But if you're a successful woman, and beautiful, in Britain, you're even more disliked."