Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gemma: I Followed in Joan of Arc's Footsteps to Prepare for Stage Role

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gemma: I Followed in Joan of Arc's Footsteps to Prepare for Stage Role

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Byline: Robert Dex Arts Correspondent

GEMMA ARTERTON says she went on a pilgrimage to Joan of Arc's birthplace to prepare for playing the French heroine on stage.

The actress takes the title role in a new production of Saint Joan at the Donmar Warehouse. It tells the story of the girl who was inspired by religious visions to lead her countrymen to victory over the invading English during the Hundred Years' War. She was betrayed and burned at the stake in 1431 and became one of the patron saints of France.

Arterton, 30, said: "We had a weekend off during the rehearsals and I went to Domremy, where she's from, and I did the Jean trail. I went to the house she grew up in, went to Reims where she crowned the king, went to Orleans."

She said the visit brought home Jean's status as a French "national icon". "Going there, I realised she was a young girl, she was 17, and she was a real country girl," she said. "The fact she was an actual living person completely baffles me and that there was actual proof that she exists baffles me, so I guess that I've been trying to find the real-life person. …

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