Gemma Arterton has opened up about one of the drawbacks of working in the entertainment industry, recalling how she was pressured to lose weight for a role. The actress described the whole experience as “traumatic”.
Arterton explained that in the early days of her career, she was told that she had to lose a few pounds for a film role and so the crew flew a personal trainer out to Morocco – where they were shooting – to ensure she actually lost some weight. She said they even went as far as filming her so they could check she was actually spending enough time in the gym.
“There was one film when we were in Morcco and a couple of weeks past and they literally were like, ‘We need a personal trainer – stat,'” she said as she spoke on The Guilty Feminist podcast. “And they flew someone out overnight that gave up their whole life to be with me and be my personal trainer. You know when it’s like that – is it that fucking bad that I need an emergency…it was as if they were on speed dial.”