London: ‘Bond’ girl Gemma Arterton has said that drama school made her serious and helped her become the star she’s today.
“My parents are working class – mum’s a cleaner,” the Daily Express quoted the 24-year-old, who appeared in ‘Quantum Of Solace’ with Daniel Craig and gritty drama ‘The Disappearance Of Alice Creed’, as saying.
“We were quite poor and mum was a single parent. I always liked performing so I did it as a hobby. When I was 16, someone said, ‘You should do it properly’. So I went to performance college in Kent,” she added.
Gemma moved to London at 18 to attend the ‘Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’ on a full scholarship.
“It’s really hard to get into a drama school like RADA, so you take it seriously when you do. At performance college you just muck about,” she said.