Getting Animated; Gemma Arterton Relished Her Latest Role - Voicing a Cute Turtle

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Getting Animated; Gemma Arterton Relished Her Latest Role - Voicing a Cute Turtle


Byline: DAVID EDWARDS

In just a few short years, she's become one of Britain's hottest young actresses. From parts in the Bond movie Quantum Of Solace to the blockbusting Clash Of The Titans and the British drama Tamara Drewe, Gemma Arterton has become a name on everyone's lips.

Now the 25-year-old from Gravesend, Kent, lends her voice to the animated fantasy A Turtle's Tale. Here, Gemma talks about her career and discusses what the future holds.

Did you identify with your character Shelley from A Turtle's Tale?

Absolutely. If I was a turtle I'd be like her. When I filmed this I was doing a play so it was nice to do the complete opposite. Dominic Cooper, who does the voice of Sammy, is a friend of mine and we worked together on Tamara Drewe. He recommended me for the role. I was very grateful as I've always wanted to do an animation. For us it was just Dominic and Gemma swimming in the ocean.

Did you like the environmental message?

Of course. That's one of the reasons I wanted to do it. It's cleverly saying, "This is what's happening to these poor animals that we care about and who are really cute". It's a good way of educating the children.

What was it like recording in a booth?

Oh, I really let go, especially when you have to do all the "woo-eee" noises and go crazy.

Would you go to see a film just because it's in 3D?

Not particularly. I like watching a movie just as a movie. I've been in 3D films where it hasn't particularly worked, but the technology really lends itself to animation. It's a bit strange seeing my face in 3D, but when it's a little cute turtle it's fine.

Was making the film harder because you didn't have other people to bounce off?

Yes, it was a bit and I suppose it's harder to be spontaneous. …

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