Gemma Arterton and Jake Gyllenhaal attend the World Premiere of 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' at the Vue Westfield on May 9, 2010 in London, England. (Getty Images)more pics »Gemma Arterton
still can't really believe she's starring in a big-time, big-budget movie like Prince of Persia
. She said she pretty much freaked out when she saw herself in such an "epic and beautiful" flick, though she tries not to think about it too much. Gemma Arterton (Getty)
The actress, who plays the female lead Princess Tamina in Disney's latest blockbuster, was unhappy when she viewed the film for the first time because she feared she looked out of place in such a big movie.
She said: "I was really unhappy. I remember seeing the film and thinking 'Wow, this is amazing and epic and beautiful', and then seeing myself in it and thinking, what the hell am I doing in it? I just found it really weird, and I was a little depressed about it. Every insecurity you have is amplified on a huge screen. I can't watch things more than a couple of times, because I find it too strange. I wasn't always this way. In St Trinian's
I didn't care. But that's changed."
Although the 24-year-old star enjoyed her time with cast and crew, she couldn't take the job seriously without panicking because it had such a big budget. She explained to Stylist
magazine: "My first day on set was a shock - the sets were huge and the producers spent thousands of dollars on my costumes. But I think I would have freaked out if I took the job too seriously, so I wouldn't think much about and have fun on set.
I never saw Prince of Persia
as a big fat deal that would make me into a massive movie star, which is what certain people have said. It's funny, it is a pivotal moment, but without putting it down, I think the most significant moments in my career were smaller films that challenged me, like The Disappearance of Alice Creed
and Tess Of The D'Urbervilles
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