Gemma Arterton opens up about The Escape

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 November 2016
Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton has opened up about her taboo character in 'The Escape' and explains how it changed her outlook on having children

Gemma Arterton has opened up about her character in 'The Escape'.

The 30-year-old actress will portray a character named Tara in the upcoming drama, a woman who "walks out" on her family - comprised of two children and her businessman husband played by Dominic Cooper - because she "feels trapped".

Speaking to the Daily Mail newspaper, the brunette beauty said of her character: "[Tara is] a creative person, but she's got absolutely no outlet for her creativity -- and what that means is that Tara feels trapped -- though she's not.

"This is about a woman who walks out on her family -- which isn't usually the term that's used. Usually the word is 'abandoned'.

"'Abandoned by my mother' is such a strong term -- and I think it's because of this idea of 'How could they possibly do that?' Because women should feel: that's why we exist. And I don't think that's the case."

'The Escape' aims to tackle the somewhat taboo subject of a mother leaving her children behind because she does not feel fulfilled by the role of motherhood, and Gemma - who divorced from Stefano Catelli in 2015 after five years of marriage - has said making the film made her think twice about having children of her own.

She added: "It makes you think of your own life. I've always wanted to have children, [but now I think] 'Oh my God . . . do I?'"

Gemma has also been serving as a producer on the project, making 'The Escape' her producing debut. The movie is being directed by Dominic Savage, and filming wrapped recently.

Speaking about the content of the movie, Gemma said previously: "'The Escape' will be an exploration of marriage and motherhood. It is frank, honest and unapologetically from the woman's point of view. It will be extremely personal. I look forward to embarking on it, surrounded by people I trust and who understand the intention, and to digging deep and finding truth."

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