Gemma Arterton

Jan. 24, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Hansel & Gretel’ star Gemma Arterton finds her inner action hero

Gemma Arterton. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
So far in her Hollywood career, Gemma Arterton has played a Bond girl, a Persian princess and a Greek goddess cursed with immortality, roles that helped her make a name for herself but left her in the shadow of her male costars. Her starring turn in Paramount’s new fractured fairy tale, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” sees the ethereal English beauty finally on equal footing as a wisecracking, weapon-wielding heroine. “She’s not the damsel in distress, not the girlfriend,” Arterton said last week, speaking by phone from New York where she was promoting the film ahead of its opening Friday. “She’s a stand-alone character in her own right, very strong, very independent. That kind of role doesn’t come up very often, not having to be kissing anybody. It’s liberating.” “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” picks up 15 years after the […]
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