Gemma Arterton stars in our spring issue

The British actress takes tea with a canine companion in T&C’s exclusive interview and photo-shoot

Photographs by Richard Phibbs and styled by Miranda Almond

The British actress Gemma Arterton stars on the cover of Town & Country’s spring issue in a beautiful photo-shoot set in the grounds of Hertfordshire’s Brocket Hall.

Dress, Gucci. Chaps and riding boots, Hermès. Necklace and ring, Boodles

In an exclusive interview for the magazine, Arterton talks about her varied career path, which has seen her portray iconic women ranging from the Maid of Orleans in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Saint Joan to a Bond girl in the Hollywood blockbuster Quantum of Solace. Explaining what motivates her to accept a role, she says: “If I read a script, I won’t have an agenda: if I like it, I’m behind it. But usually that means it’s based around something I care about that resonates with me, so probably it is a feminist standpoint with interesting roles for women.”

She continues: “One of the joys in my life is that in the space of a few months I can go from playing a depressed mother to a Restoration strumpet to a wartime screenwriter […] I live these different lives, asking myself, ‘Can I go to that length? Can I push myself further?’ It’s a way of exploring myself. You’re always learning with each role.”

Jumper, skirt and knickers, Dior. Ring, David Morris

Arterton also addresses the issue of class and race barriers within theatre, commenting: “In theatre we’ve got people from the poshest you can get, down to me. There’s a real mixture. We should just get over the whole class and race thing, and cast people who are right for the part. Am I just going to complain about it, or am I going to create work that allows me to cast the people I want to? It’s all about control.”

Dress, Dolce & Gabbana. Ring, David Morris. Boots, Giambattista Valli

Read the full interview in Town & Country’s spring issue, on sale from 23 February.



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