Maternal Gemma feels more grown-up than her mother

Gemma Arterton has revealed that she often goes clubbing with her mum.

The St Trinian’s star admits she’s always felt more mature than her party-loving mother, who raised Gemma and her sister mostly on her own.

‘She’s been clubbing for the past 20 years,’ says Gemma, 27.

‘That’s what she does. I go clubbing with her sometimes.

‘Whenever I tell people that she does that they are so shocked, but loads of people in their 50s go clubbing. It’s not that odd.’

Gemma says she realised at an early age that she’d be the grown-up one in the relationship, much like mum Edina and daughter Saffy’s bond depicted in Jennifer Saunders‘ comedy Absolutely Fabulous.

‘Um, when I was about three or four [I realised],’ the actress tells The Observer.

‘I think it’s part of my personality – I’m quite maternal. In terms of our personalities, we’re quite different.

‘Our house was like a softer version of Absolutely Fabulous at times – this complicated mother-daughter relationship in which sometimes the daughter is the mother.’

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