Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you shall like to share?
Ms. Gemma Atkinson: My routine consists of four weight training days a week and two HIIT and core days a week. I only do an hour at a time as, done correctly, you don’t really need more than that. I have to work extra hard on my legs as that’s where I carry any additional weight. In fact my nickname at school with friends was thunder thighs!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Gemma Atkinson: I don’t diet as such. I believe in everything in moderation. I have certain times like when I’m preparing for a shoot that I’ll cut certain foods out for a short period but I never like to deprive myself. I don’t eat red meat, in fact fish and chicken are the only meat I do eat and I sometimes struggle with that. I’m a huge animal lover so it’s hard as I need the protein to assist with my training but I try to get a lot from my whey protein as well. I just make sensible choices with food. I try to make my plate colourful and I avoid processed junk. I actually feel hung-over if I eat badly now.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do to your hair to make them look so stunning?
Ms. Gemma Atkinson: I drink three litres of water a day and I don’t wear any makeup unless at work or an event etc. as I like to let my skin breath. I’m not into buying expensive creams as ultimately it’s what’s going on inside your body that determines how you look on the outside.
I know people paying a fortune on spot cream but who are eating silly amounts of sugar daily, it’s crazy. Quit the sugar and your skin will quit producing spots! I eat lots of vegetables and green salads ensuring I get my vitamins and minerals. I also put Vaseline around my eyes at night to soak in so they feel smooth in the morning. My mum has amazing skin and everyone says so, hopefully I’ve inherited that gene. I try to let my hair dry naturally when I can to as opposed to putting heat on it from the dryer.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words for our inspiring and budding models and actresses who all are your fans, what should they do for their climb to the ladder of success in field of acting and modelling?
Ms. Gemma Atkinson: To be successful in acting or modelling you first have to be able to take criticism. You won’t be right for every role or every shoot and you can’t expect to be. You also can’t beat yourself up over it, you shelve it, move on and look for the next project. I would also suggest you have a backup plan as there are times you will be out of
I’ve studied nutrition so in between jobs I post training and food blogs and I throw myself into training to keep myself occupied. Lastly I would say to ignore people who will tell you that you can’t do it. There’s a lot of people who asked me why I didn’t “have a proper job instead of wasting time trying to get acting work”. You have to just have blinkers on and go for it!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have acted in number of films. Which has been your most memorable experience?
Ms. Gemma Atkinson: My most memorable film experience would have to be making The Dyatlov Pass Incident. It was directed by Renny Harlin who did Die Hard and Cliffhanger, so to work with him was a privilege. It was also shot in Russia over 9wks so I got to live in Moscow and Kirovsk too. The conditions were extreme, it was freezing and we were on a mountain all day, but it was one of the best experiences I’ve had.