Another actress has come under fire. Last week, Gemma Arterton ('Alice Creed,' 'St. Trinian's,' 'Clash of the Titans,' 'Prince of Persia') made waves for speaking out against the objectification she's faced as an actress to the UK edition of GQ. (Though she appeared as the magazine's cover girl last spring, her comments are linked to an interview in the October 2010 issue.) Arterton criticized the film world for how it values and uses actresses, stating that she's been treated like an "object", and now tries to only work with those who respect her. Her quotes include:
"I'm looking at working with people I get on with, that respect me, that don't just see me as a piece of ass. Which I have experienced as well."
"I've nearly walked off very big films before, and I would, because I don't want that in my life. I want to enjoy the work I do."
"I read so many scripts and they're all the same. Either the character is just someone to be in the background or they're there to help the man, to be the love interest, like I've done in 'Prince Of Persia' or 'Clash Of The Titans.'"
"What I want to do is find characters who are the focus, like Nicola Six; sexy and real women, not perfect, not pin-ups."[Nicola Six is the lead character in Michael Winterbottom's upcoming 'London Fields,' and Arterton is currently in talks for the role.]
While actresses who speak out against these sorts of issues always get at least a moderate amount of backlash, Arterton's comments are particularly under fire because of her work as a Bond girl and a Daisy Dukes-wearing lead in 'Tamara Drewe,' leading to the question: When and how should actresses speak up?