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Gemma Arterton on how her career has changed since turning thirty

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Gemma Arterton has nailed how life differs as you enter your thirties. 

You’d be forgiven for thinking that actress Gemma Arterton was gifted with an abundance of confidence. But, just like the rest of us, she, too, has had to work on believing in her own abilities.

The actress, who is currently on the big screen drama The Escape, revealed that having confidence in her own abilities has grown tenfold since entering her thirties.

“I think I’ve got a little bit more confidence now to do my own thing. I think I needed to do the work I did at the beginning of my career to set me up – it is better to be able to make conscious choice,” she told the Standard.

“As I got a bit older I got confidence in my abilities a bit more. It’s a very female thing – not having confidence in our abilities, feeling like we’re very lucky to be there. Not just in this industry, in every industries.”

It’s this level of confidence that has led her to starring in and producing a short film, Leading Lady Parts, in response to the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up initiative. 

Written and directed by Jessica Swale, the short film features many well-known actors – from Catherine Tate and Emilia Clarke to Tom Hiddleston. Set in an audition room it highlights the dark side of Hollywood.

Over the years, Arterton has starred in big-hit films such as Prince of Persia and Clash of the Titans. At the beginning of her career, she admits she did get “little comments” about her face but “no one would dare now”.

You can watch Leading Lady Parts on BBC iPlayer.

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