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Wednesday's Connector: Gemma Arterton

January 12th, 2011
10:27 PM ET

At just 24-years-old Gemma Arterton achieved one of the most coveted roles in hollywood – A Bond Girl.

The British-born actress starred in the latest James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace," opposite Daniel Craig, and though her character didn't live to see the end of the film, her impression certainly lasted.

Since then she has won roles in a series of high profile hits, including the blockbuster "Prince of Persia?" and the British film Tamara Drewe.

And this month she's been nominated for the BAFTA's "Rising Star" award.

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  1. Patrick

    What has been your favorite role so far? And what role would you love to play the most in future?

    January 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  2. Naveen

    love u baby. u r awesome in prince of persia. come to india and act in indian films also.

    January 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  3. Gloria

    Hi Gemma,

    I recently saw you perform in The Master Builder at the Almeida in November. I thought your performance was brilliant and very moving. Your movements were very fluid, almost like a dancer. Do you find the theatre doing live performance more demanding compared to filming a movie? And how do you prepare for a role in theatre compared to a role for a movie?

    Kind regards,

    Gloria
    London, England

    January 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  4. Tim Slessor

    Dear Gemma,

    You seem to have successfully broken the 'Bond Girl' curse before anyone had a chance to label you with the tag! Do you feel the diversity of your work will continue to keep you away from being typecast and are there any genres you'd particularly like to try your hand at?

    Thanks!

    Tim,
    London, UK

    January 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  5. jason

    What did your family and friends say when you told them that you were going to be a Bond girl?

    January 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  6. Lindsey

    Did you always know you wanted to be an actress? What is the defining quality you have that you think allowed you to make it in the film world?

    January 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  7. Annette

    What is your favorite thing about being a Bond Girl?

    January 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  8. Daniel@BCN

    Would you marry me?

    January 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  9. Bill Fenner

    Quantum of Solace was a truly god-awful film. Did you and the other actors, like Daniel Craig, know it would be that bad when you were on set making it?

    Bill, Venice

    January 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  10. Sophos

    Do you think you would fall for a real life James Bond? Show me...

    January 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  11. MUZUMBUKU

    Hi Gemma! You are a beautiful young lady. You also come across as the girl next door. You are a role model to many young girls out there who are aspiring to become actresses. Someone once said that, "A thousand miles begin with a single step." How did you land in Hollywood and what is your philosophy in life. Thanks.

    David Muzumbuku,

    Utah, USA

    January 14, 2011 at 2:00 am | Reply
  12. iceman

    who gives a rats ass

    January 14, 2011 at 2:37 am | Reply
  13. Diaan

    Hi Miss Arterton,

    I have a very unusual question for you...

    First of all, I LOVE great acting and I appreciate everything around it and all the work that goes into a film.

    Secondly, i just want to know whether you can give me any advice on what the best route for someone with zero experience in acting (not even acting classes) is and if you're from South Africa?
    I'm a helicopter pilot, but always thought about playing in a film and doing a big role...

    It seems to me like people get roles sometimes for their charm alone...or their intimidation characteristics...or their air or romance that they have about them...or even their eyes....
    So then I can do it too then? (only my opinion though)
    However, I think the biggest question is then : 'How can one stand out from the crowd?'

    I would appreciate your advice on this VERY MUCH and would respect the words of wisdom you have for me.

    Would love to see you in MUCH more films...

    Diaan

    January 14, 2011 at 2:41 am | Reply
  14. Diaan

    Hi Miss Arterton,

    I have a very unusual question for you...

    First of all, I LOVE great acting and I appreciate everything around it and all the work that goes into a film.

    Secondly, i just want to know whether you can give me any advice on what the best route for someone with zero experience in acting (not even acting classes) is and if you're from South Africa?
    I'm a helicopter pilot, but always thought about playing in a film and doing a big role...

    It seems to me like people get roles sometimes for their charm alone...or their intimidation characteristics...or their air or romance that they have about them...or even their eyes....
    So then I can do it too then? (only my opinion though)
    However, I think the biggest question is then : 'How can one stand out from the crowd?'

    I would appreciate your advice on this VERY MUCH and would respect the words of wisdom you have for me.

    Would love to see you in MANY more films...
    Enjoy each day to the fullest and make choices so you don't regret them...
    And in the words of Mythbusters: 'If something is worth doing, it's worth overdoing!'

    Kind Regards
    Diaan

    January 14, 2011 at 2:43 am | Reply
  15. Bob Dole

    How does it feel to have been in the worst James bond movie to date?
    Ie. It wasn't actually james bond. Just some other guy who did some similar stuff?

    January 14, 2011 at 3:28 am | Reply
  16. Mr J. Bond

    When do you have some time of ?

    January 14, 2011 at 4:39 am | Reply
  17. Takara

    Hi Gemma,

    I was just wondering how you got started in acting?

    Thanks,

    Takara
    Adelaide, Australia

    January 14, 2011 at 4:48 am | Reply
  18. Chima Chikezie

    Hello Dear,
    Are you enjoying your marriage and what impact is it having on your profession?

    Chimmy
    Port Harcourt
    Nigeria

    January 14, 2011 at 9:17 am | Reply
  19. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Gemma Arterton and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Gemma Arterton on the following questions:

    – How do you as a "Rising Star" Improve the Acting Movie Industry?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011?

    I am awaiting Gemma Arterton’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    January 17, 2011 at 12:48 am | Reply

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