Ms. Namita Nayyar: Who has been your inspiration and motivation that led you to your success in the world of acting and modeling?
Ms. Gemma Atkinson: To be honest, there isn’t really a specific famous person that’s motivated me. All my motivation has come from my family. My mum, sister, step dad, in fact all of them constantly reassure me when I’m feeling a part is too challenging or need help with a work decision. My mum has been the best role model I could ask for. Career wise, I admire Charlize Theron for the risk she took in Monster. She was fantastic! I’d love to be given the opportunity to play a part like that where I totally transform my appearance away from what people would expect.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us about your experience of working as ‘Lisa Hunter’ on the Channel 4 teenage soap opera Hollyoaks?
Ms. Gemma Atkinson: Working on Hollyoaks was the best eight years I could have hoped for. I’m so lucky to have been given the chance. We were all like a family. It was close to my home and I laughed until my stomach hurt every single day. I learnt so much and had the chance to portray some great story lines, one being Lisa’s self-harm story. I will always have fond memories of my time on Hollyoaks.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: With exceptional hard work you are credited with all your achievements. Do you believe that does the hand of Providence (Supreme Being) played a role in your success?
Ms. Gemma Atkinson: I do believe that everyone has a little “help” from somewhere. I lost my dad when I was 17 so at times I like to think he’s now my guardian angel pushing me in the right direction. When I was younger I used to always, every night, look up at the stars and make a wish (because I saw it on Pinocchio!) lol! But my wish was always to be an actress…
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have been associated with and embarked upon a 228 kilometres walk along the Great Wall of China in April 2008, as part of a charity event organised by Olivia Newton-John’s breast cancer awareness charity and also with number of other charities. Tell us how you have been able to achieve and quench your thirst of giving back to the society through this endeavor of your?
Ms. Gemma Atkinson: I always love to do charity work when I can. To be in the position I’m in, I realise I’m lucky and I’m very grateful. Yes, I work hard and feel I’ve earned it too but at the same time there’s always that thought of “this could all vanish so quickly”.
There are four main charities I work with. I’ve worked with the British Heart Foundation for 13 yrs ever since my dad died of heart disease. Manchester Children’s Hospital, they saved my nephew Tyler’s life when he had the worst form of meningitis, thanks to them he’s now a gorgeous and healthy 14 year old. Cancer Research, because I know far too many people affected by that horrid disease. Also, the league against cruel sports which is an animal charity set up to one day hopefully ban using animals in sports such as bull fighting, dog fighting and fox hunting. I can’t stand animal cruelty.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What do you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
Ms. Gemma Atkinson: I’d like to say a huge thank you to WomenFitness for allowing me to be on their site. It’s a privilege! Your site has everything us ladies could want covering so many interesting topics. Thanks for supporting females!!!
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