Gemma Arterton feared she would only ever be offered roles in period dramas and was delighted to be offered more diverse movies.
Gemma Arterton was worried she would always star in period dramas.
The 'Tamara Drewe' actress - who shot to fame in an adaptation of 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' - is now looking forward to putting her roles as a love interest in 'Clash of the Titans' and 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' behind her to focus on stronger female characters.
She said: "I feel so lucky. I always thought I'd be in period dramas playing downtrodden girls in love. 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. Sexy and real Women, not perfect. Not pin-ups."
The 24-year-old British beauty also reveals she was scared about losing her anonymity and private life when she became a Hollywood leading lady.
She said: "I was really worried. I didn't want my life to change too much. And it hasn't.
"You hear horror stories about people getting stalked and not being able to leave the house. I've not had any of that. People recognise me sometimes but I can still walk down the street.
"I was worried about an onslaught of negative press but actually it's all been really positive."