Gemma Arterton says film producers forced her to diet and exercise for a role

Gemma Arteton
Gemma Arterton has opened up working in the entertainment industry, recalling how she was pressured to diet and exercise for a role.

The Quantum of Solace actress described the experience as “traumatic”, but did not disclose what movie she was working on at the time.

Speaking to the Guilty Feminist podcast in June, the British actor explained that the incident occurred in the early days of her career, while she was filming in Morocco.

She explained that the film producers flew a personal trainer out immediately to help her lose weight.

“You know when it’s like – ‘Is it that f****** bad that I need an emergency [it was as if they were] on speed dial – get that trainer out here now’”.

Arterton also said that producers would weigh her, measure her waist and comment on her food intake:

“They’d measure me and they’d call up the personal trainer at like nine at night going: ‘Is she in the gym? And if she isn’t, why isn’t she in the gym?’”

“And then they’d get me in the gym and film me in the gym so they’d know I was there.”

She also told the podcast that producers would measure her food intake and judge what she decided to eat.

“And there was one day when I went to get some snacks, they have like snacks on set, and I went to get some apricots, some dried apricots and the man went, this big, fat, obese producer went: ‘I hope you’re not going to eat that.’”

“I said ‘Do you know what? I’m going to eat about all 20, then I’m going to go home and eat all the stuff in the mini bar and then I’m going to vomit it all up,’” she said.

This isn’t the first time the actress has spoken out about the treatment of women in Hollywood. Speaking to the Observer’s Eva Wiseman last year, the actor said that being an outspoken female may have cost her roles:

“It’s easier to conform and shut up. That’s the way it’s always been with women.”

“Easier than putting yourself out there and having an opinion, to which someone might retaliate.”

“I’m sure there are people who don’t want to work with me because they think I’m difficult – ‘one of those feminist girls’ – but to be honest with you I don’t want to work with them. And that’s fine,” she said

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