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Gemma Arterton almost quit acting after starring in ‘Runner Runner’.

The 34-year-old actress starred as Rebecca Shafran in the 2013 crime thriller which was panned by critics and admits she considered walking away from a screen career after the “animosity and tension” she experienced on the movie – which also starred Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Gemma said: “There’s this terrible film I did called ‘Runner Runner’. To be honest, I just wanted to quit acting after that. I shouldn’t have done it in the first place.

“The script wasn’t good; I just did it because it was this big American film and everyone was telling me it was a good idea.

“It was all the things I don’t enjoy when I’m on a film set and there was a lot of animosity and tension. And now it pains me that things like that are out there.”

Gemma – who played Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in ‘Quantum of Solace’ – also reflected on the lack of women in the film industry and she was a “little bit” patronised by male actors at times.

She told the new issue of Red magazine: “I was often the only woman on a film set and I just thought, ‘Well, that’s s*** because that’s not the life I live.’

“And I had a little bit of belittling, patronising, over the years, mostly by male actors, who would say, ‘Word of advice’ and, ‘Take it from me.'”

The ‘Clash of the Titans’ actress previously explained how she has become more confident in speaking her mind on film sets and is not afraid to stand up for herself if asked to perform scenes she’s uncomfortable with, even if it makes her seem “difficult”.

She said: “So it’ll be: ‘You’ll do the scene like this, and now just go and make out with that actor over there.’ And you’re thinking: ‘Hang on, that’s not in the script, and you haven’t even spoken to me about that.’

“And at that point you’re in front of all the crew and under pressure, when you should have dialogue way before that where you get asked: ‘Are you cool with this?’ Now I will say something. I don’t mind if I seem a bit difficult, whereas when I was younger I would have thought: ‘Who am I to challenge that?'”



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Ben Affleck | Ben Affleck felt ‘enriched’ working with Matt Damon again on The Last Duel

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Ben Affleck felt “enriched” working with Matt Damon on ‘The Last Duel’.

The pair have been friends since childhood and rose to stardom together after both writing and starring in the Academy Award-winning movie ‘Good Will Hunting’ and Ben loved starring alongside Matt in Sir Ridley Scott‘s new historical drama.

During a joint Q&A for Affleck’s movie ‘The Way Back’, he told Matt: “Finishing up this movie for you, it’s so much more enriching to be working together, to be working with someone I know and love, and the fact I want to see and spend time with and hang out with (you).

“Realising that time goes by and how you spend your day defines what your life is going to be, and the quality of that time, is really important. And it contributes, I think, to the quality of your work.”

Ben explained that his most enjoyable projects have come when he has formed relationships on set as he discussed working with David Fincher on the film ‘Gone Girl’.

The 48-year-old actor said: “I felt like the movies that have meant something for me has been the experiences (and) people I’ve spent time with.

“Like getting to know David Fincher was a really important thing in my life. The guy, I find, is really funny and smart and compassionate, and a real artist. (He also has) kind of the mind of an engineer, and it was just a joy to know him and get to know him. As joyful, if not more joyful, than just being in the movie.”

Affleck also confessed that he laments the lack of drama films being released in cinemas.

The ‘Argo’ star said: “I’m nostalgic for a time when the industry was less IP driven. I know even before COVID there was a transition away from dramas, because that audience is now competing with such good work that’s on streamers.

“You could really stay home and watch something just as good if not better than the dramas you may have the opportunity to see in the theatres. So it’s very hard to get that audience to buy tickets on the weekend and be weekend driven. So I lament even after COVID when theatres reopen, there will definitely be fewer of those kind of movies released theatrically.”



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Hunter Schafer | Hunter Schafer loves seeing Euphoria fans recreating make-up looks from the show

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Hunter Schafer says it’s “really sweet” to see kids recreating make-up looks from ‘Euphoria’.

The 21-year-old actress – who made her acting debut portraying Jules in the hit HBO series in 2019 – had a hand in her alter ego’s whole look for the show and loves to see fans relating to the characters and expressing themselves through make-up.

She said: “It was my first time acting, like coming into Jules. So thankfully the team on ‘Euphoria’, from Sam [Levinson], the writer and creator of the show, to Donni [Davy], it’s been a massively collaborative experience. So I had a lot of hand in helping bring Jules to life. And, particularly with the make-up with Donni, we had so much fun just kind of brainstorming these abstract, colourful looks that reflect a certain scene or emotional energy. I think we try to be pretty mindful of how make-up can accentuate or contrast something that we’re trying to portray in a scene. So it’s a lot of fun to think about. We had a lot of fun just constantly trying to outdo ourselves with the design.”

The model and LGBTQ+ activist added that the make-up team for ‘Euphoria’ – which stars Zendaya as troubled teenager Rue – didn’t abide by any rules when creating the looks and wanted to inspire the young viewers to “have fun” and “do whatever they want”.

She told Vogue: “I still can’t believe it’s reached as far as it has. I mean, it’s really sweet to see kids seeing themselves in these characters and being able to try that on. I also just think, as a whole, ‘Euphoria’ approaches make-up with a creativity that I hope is encouraging of its audience to just do whatever they want, because that’s kind of all we did for the show. We were like, ‘Let’s do whatever, let’s have fun with it!'”



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Olivia Rodrigo | Drivers License hitmaker Olivia Rodrigo has made friends with Niall Horan

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Olivia Rodrigo is glad she’s made friends with fellow pop star Niall Horan, after her “crazy” success with her record-breaking debut single, ‘Drivers License’.

The 17-year-old US sensation currently has the hottest single in the world, which has topped the charts in the US and UK, and smashed multiple records, including gaining 10.9 million streams in a single week on Spotify.

The former Disney star has been endorsed by her idols, including Taylor Swift, Halsey and Lorde, while the One Direction star has reached out to offer his advice should she ever need it.

Olivia – who recently revealed she used to write One Direction fan fiction – said: “I’ve been talking to Niall Horan from One Direction, who’s such an icon, and he said really loved the song. He was like, ‘This is crazy, if you ever need any advice just let me know’. So yeah I’ve been chatting with him, but it’s been such a crazy rollercoaster ride and I’m definitely excited to have artist friends that know the ins and outs of the music industry.”

The ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ star admitted it’s “absolutely surreal” to have the artists she grew up listening to pay her compliments.

She added to NME.com: “I mean, that is just everything. All the recognition the song has got is beyond my wildest dreams. Taylor Swift – is my songwriting idol and I wouldn’t be half of the woman and a songwriter I am today without her – reached out and was so supportive of the song. I just found out the other day that Lorde likes it, Halsey likes it, all of these people that I have grown up listening to are saying they’re liking the song. It’s absolutely surreal to me – as I put little bits and pieces of their songwriting into the songs I’ve written.”



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