Gemma Arterton says she was "a loser" as a teen

London: Former bond girl Gemma Arterton has said that she sometimes still feels sad and desperate and described herself as being "a loser" in her teenage years.

"I was very bookish, very much into amateur dramatics, and I wasn`t really a hit with the guys, either - I was a bit sad and a bit desperate; I still feel like that inside, it`s funny," quoted her as saying.

"That`s how I started, which is the geekiest thing ever,” she added.

The change in confidence came when Gemma worked as a karaoke hostess in what she describes as a ``gangster pub`` in London.

"I had to become really very self-assured very quickly to survive.

"Someone tried to whack me over the head with a crowbar one night because I wouldn`t serve him. I was 18 and I remember saying, ``Calm down and get out``. That was really when I grew up," she added.


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