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I have taken a break from the media spotlight for the past few years.
– Gemma Ward
Through my whole career, that’s been a major thing – bringing my family with me.
I never really cared about what I looked like.
I got on stage for the first time when I was seven. From seven until I was about nine it was probably more to do with just being on stage and having the attention.
I have a very, very creative family.
I’m very aware of my spending, but I’m not very aware of my income. There are certain times when I speak to my accountant, or something will pop up, and I’ll be like ‘oh’ but it’s not really a frontrunner in my head.
I realize you can’t please everyone.
It’s hard if you start believing that you should be really that perfect fantasy ideal, that people start believing because of all of the retouching. You can delve into that fantasy world and play with it, but when you walk away, that’s not you.
As a model you do play a certain role and you know as an actor you play another role.
I’ve always admired Cate Blanchett and the roles she chooses. I think she’s got an incredible discipline in a way, with choosing roles that are going to help her grow and bring something interesting to the world.
Some girls get swept up in the lifestyle – clubbing and partying with celebrities. You can’t live your life like that, though. It’s fake.
I think in terms of me shying away from modelling, I would like to clarify in some way that I was taking a break from many things in my life and obviously what people in the public see is that I’m pulling away from what is more public.
To make my brothers and my sister laugh was the greatest joy to me in my life. I like people who can make fun of themselves a lot.
Lots of models have played mermaids throughout history and it is, kind of, a funny rite of passage.
As a child, I was a clown. I didn’t hesitate to make a fool of myself and I would love to completely take on wacky characters.