"So when I started in Nell Gwynn, I decided not to read any."
Speaking candidly in this week's Radio Times, the former Bond girl confessed that the pressure of getting a great review for a part you have worked hard for can take it's toll and for her personally has led to a few embarrassing moments.
The actress said she once ripped her trousers during a performance
Gemma received mixed reviews for her performance in Made in Dagenham
Gemma explained: "I did Ibsen a few years ago and Michael Billington came on press night and we were all so nervous.
"I ripped my trousers, it was a nightmare!"
Recently there has been a rise in theatre performances being shown at cinemas, something the 30-year-old is still getting her head around.
The actress spoke candidly with Rory Kinnear in the interview
Gemma confessed she is unsure about watching theatre performances at the cinema
Read the full interview in this week's Radio Times, out now [RADIO TIMES]
She commented that she believes a performance is more "magical" if you a present and not just watching it on a screen.
However, the brunette beauty added it was also due to her ego, confessing: "I hate the idea of doing a theatre performance on screen!"
Read the full interview with Gemma Arterton and Rory Kinnear in this week's Radio Times,out now.