Gemma Arterton has said that she does not look for feminist movies, but that speaking out on the subject has helped her win lead roles.

The Their Finest star says her latest character goes through a lot, but ultimately comes out stronger because of it.

The former Bond girl plays Catrin Cole who moves from Wales to London during World War Two and gets a job working in the film division of the Ministry of Information.

She suffers personal and professional hardships, but Gemma said it is all a learning curve for the initially unassuming character.

She told Sky News: Even though she’s strong in herself it’s something that emerges within her because of what she goes through.

And I think that’s what happens in life sometimes, you have to go through some tough things before you really understand who you are, I think that’s what her journey is.

There’s one shot where I’m walking through the snow and a group of people come out and I say hi to the group of people and one of them ends up being a floozy, and I just remember thinking ‘No Catrin, no! Don’t be so sweet!’, she added.

But it’s one of the reasons I loved her when I read it. She really is quite adorable and unassuming and that’s what makes her journey so interesting.

Arterton says she can relate to Catrin as she feels she has also been on a journey since her break out roles in 2007 film St Trinians and James Bond movie Quantum of Solace in 2008.

It’s similar to Catrin’s journey, I think I’ve had that as well, where you set out and you’re not quite sure who you are, the actress explained.

I was very young when I started and then a series of events happened to me and I thought ‘oh no actually this is what I want to say – and I think that’s how it’s kind of progressed for me’.

The 31-year-old says the roles she is now offered are different to those that came her way earlier in her career.

I’m approached with projects that are much more female-centric because I’ve spoken out about it so much, which is a good thing, she said.

But I don’t necessarily look for these kind of feminist messages or anything like that, but it’s always quite nice when there’s a message in there.

The future projects I have are all kind-of about women that are great, or not great, they’re idiotic, or silly, they’re just about women so that’s a good thing.

When asked about the possibility of a female Bond after Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie said she would like the role, Arterton says it is not something she thinks is out of the question.

Barbara Broccoli is one of the biggest feminists in the world that I know so I’m sure she would love to do that. Yeah, I mean why not, great, she said.

Their Finest is out in cinemas in the UK on Friday 21 April.

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