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Gemma Ward: Heath Ledger Was One of a Kind

Gemma Ward: Heath Ledger Was One of a Kind

Gemma Ward graces the cover of the Daily Telegraph‘s Sunday magazine.

Here’s what the 23-year-old Aussie model and actress had to share:

On meeting Heath Ledger in New York in 2007: “We were both struggling with things that I won’t get into and we bonded over that. At first I said, ‘Listen, my mum’s living with me right now and I’m going through a hard time. I’m not interested in having a serious relationship,’ and he said, ‘Let’s just be there for each other through these hard times.’ And we developed a relationship and started seeing each other.”

On her memories about Heath: “He was an incredible person, unlike anybody I’ve ever met – and will meet ever again. He was one of a kind and extremely sensitive, extremely open, extremely honest, extremely generous, extremely energetic. He had time for everybody, no matter who you were. He was such an amazing talent.”

On her character in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: “Tamara is the typical siren. And what I found interesting about the mermaids in this movie is that the producers stayed true to mermaid mythology. The original story of The Little Mermaid was very gruesome – a lot of these old fairytales are.”

On her career: “I wasn’t a child [when I started out]; I was a teenager. I wasn’t all that innocent, either. I wasn’t taken advantage of – I knew what I was doing. I feel very powerful in myself now. I’m happy with where I am and I’m excited for my life and excited to embrace all aspects of it. I’m definitely not [regretful]. I look back on everything I’ve done with pride.”

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  • Dance In The Dark

    Why is she even bringing him up? Does she think there is no other way to get publicity than to talk about Heath? She should have the respect and grace to just keep it to herself. Stop opening old wounds.

  • lalalalalalalalalal

    alien like amanda seyfried

  • http://j cf10

    who the hell is she? and why is she using heath for publicity? shame on her

  • Anne-Laure Bernard

    She had a great fashion career, but please… shut up.

  • she’s back!

    gemma ward is back to fashion! AT LAST! fashion world is ecstatic over her return

  • Radio

    She opened up the doors for all the models with the doe eyes. She is such a good model I don’t know why she quit. She was never able to come back, all the designers turned their back on her.

  • ellie

    i remember when amanda seyfried started out on veronica mars and mean girls how i kept thinking she looked like gemma ward. amanda’s face has matured differently than gemma’s though, but still very similar characteristics. dakota fanning, amanda seyfried, and gemma ward need to play sisters.

  • 132

    @cf10: she isn’t using him.. the interviewer pestered her about heath

  • Artemis

    She was an absolutely beautiful model and if she speaks now about Heath Ledger is because she left the fashion world after his death in 2008. Now she is back and I am really glad of this.

  • Reba

    She shouldn’t have answered those questions so openly, especially since Michelle Williams will inevitably here about this “relationship” that Gemma had with Heath. Just respect him, and leave it at that.

  • laverdadduele

    Their “relationship” sounds more like a booty-call than anything else. Why is she even talking about him?

  • flawless Gemma

    She’s so beautiful and lovely. Great to see her back!!! I wish there were pictures of her and Heath, I’m sure they made a gorgeous couple.

  • Elliot


  • J

    I miss Gemma so much! I guess she was one of the people who most suffered with his death. She suddenly vanished from fashion seasons, campaigns and editorials after he died. Their relationship only became public after his death, only because people were crazy to know what was going on in his private life and everybody started to speculate what he was doing and who he was dating. Last time I saw Gemma was during her vacations somewhere I don’t remember….. And she was kinda fat.

  • Kelly

    @Reba: Ha! Michelle Williams was well aware of Heath’s new relationship with Gemma Ward. Her jealousy is the reason she didn’t let Heath see Matilda two months before he died. Heath dumped her and started dating someone younger, more beautiful and nicer than dowdy, sourpuss Michelle.

  • CanadaGirl

    Glad she’s doing well, but why is Heath’s name being pimped out?



  • jean

    to the idiots out there who have no idea who she is: She was a SUPER MODEL & the girlfriend od Heath Hedger when he died; after Heath’s death she was so devistated that she quit her ENORMOUS modeling career. And btw, I remember not too long ago, when everybody was cool about Michelle Williams speaking about Heath, cause she didn’t do it to boost her Oscar campaign, nooooooooooo!!!!!!!

  • Louise

    Why is she even talking about Heath??..I think it’s pretty obvious why she’s talking about him now, there’s a “movie” to promote.

    Heath has left behind a child and whether or not there was jealousy’s or bad blood between people, she should respect that.

    It doesnt sound like what they had was anything other than a fleeting friendship with benefits so why cash in on that now unless she has ulterior publicity.

  • Amber

    Will you idiots stop trashing Gemma. Shes not using Heath Ledger’s death. She mourned for three years.
    They asked about Heath because everyone wants to know. She was his girlfriend, why shouldnt she answer. Its her right and she was being respectful. You can tell she was in love with him.
    Jealous losers should stfu

  • Louise


    She was so ENORMOUS as you put it that I have never even heard of her and that’s coming from someone who actually works in the fashion world.

    Michelle has every right to speak about Heath if she chose to as she had a child with him. It was also done in a very tactful and brief part of an interview.

  • Remy

    @Louise: Oh you mean like Michelle had a movie to promote and campaign for an Oscar nod? At least this girl was seeing Heath. Michelle was just an ex he had a kid with. She has no right to talk about her ex like he didn’t ditch her and they were still together.

  • Amber

    @Louise: Liar, you work in the fashion world like I work for NASA.
    Gemma was huge in the modeling world before she retired. Youve never heard of her because you live under a rock. Loser.

  • godric

    It is kind of tasteless to have that as the main headline but I blame the interviewer, not her. But really, she only knew him for 2 months…

  • sosad

    Umm..she left fashion because she wanted to be an actor. She did a movie with Liv Tyler, don’t you people remember?

  • Lily

    even if the interviewer “pestered” her with questions about Heath Ledger, she didn’t have to answer
    she did Pirates of the Caribbean, why doesn’t she talk about working with Johnny Depp ?? that would be way more interesting than hearing about how awesome Heath Ledger was, which we all already know about

  • Delphic

    @Dance In The Dark: Do you not know how interviews work? They don’t just start randomly talking about people. She was clearly asked about him.

  • BloodbuzzOhio


    HAHAHAHA. If you really work in the fashion industry and have no idea who Gemma Ward is, shame on you. She was a muse to many iconic designers. Karl Lagerfeld, anyone?

  • anna

    No matter how nasty interviewer was, I think she should keep it for herself, because like this, it looks like attention seeking.

  • mailey

    lol Wow, that cover is horribly exploitive. In giant letters. Might as well be a Star magazine. Ridiculous and Shameless.

  • Mark

    Hey maybe she loved the guy. No worse than when Michelle gave that interview awhile back. From what I’ve heard alot of people liked Heath women & men.

  • morgan

    She has kept quiet for three years now and I’m glad she is talking about him. It’s nice to know he was having fun with someone who was from the same place where he was from I just wish with all the people that supposedly cared about him could have helped him with his drug addiction, maybe he would still be here.

  • griffin

    Here is another crass aussie “actress” ready to pimp anyone out for a shot of fame. Out of respect for Michelle Williams and Matilda she should keep her mouth shut from now on. She quit her modelling job cause of her “issues” no one would book her. Next…

  • Gemma fan

    Wow at the cruel comments saying Gemma is using Heath. It’s obvious you didn’t follow her and don’t know ANYTHING about her. She’s a very sweet and sensitive girl, she couldn’t care less about publicity. Gemma did absolutely nothing wrong. Her comments are beautiful and heartfelt. She knew Heath, YOU DIDN’T. I agree with J, she’s one of the people who suffered the most but I’m delighted to see her back. Can’t wait for Pirates! :D

  • wtf

    EW and STFU

  • Jokergurl

    She’s right, Heath was one of a kind, he just seemed unique in interviews, his presence, demeanor, whether or not he was her lover, I don’t care about all that, none of our business anyway. I still miss him it’s just very sad because he had all that potential and he has a young daughter who will never meet him, that’s just tragic. :( On a lighter note I think the next Pirates movie will be good, I hope the focus goes back on Jack Sparrow.

  • prada

    stunning flawless better than you always& forever etc goddess

  • funny

    She is one of the weirdest looking models ever. I can’t believe models with big exploda heads and no cheekbones can become models these days!!!! WTF???? Cindy,Linda,Claudia,Naomi,Christy must be laughing at these so called “models”/aliens. No wonder models are NOT famous anymore! The regular population is not going to be attracted to a 12 year old looking fat head alien. Long gone are the days when men wanted to date Cindy Crawford and every girl on earth wanted to look like her, lol.

  • Cyn

    I’m sorry she is UGLY!!!

  • missed her!!!!!
  • Cheryl

    Some of you people are horrid with your nasty hateful remarks. None of you know any of the people involved and yet you judge and berate. Grow up.

  • reba

    Aussie models like her and Miranda Kerr OBVIOUSLY have Aboriginal ancestry. Look at the wide-set eyes and wide noses. So obvious! Pretty, too++

  • V

    How come I didn’t know Heath Ledger (RIP) and Gemma Ward were dating??! What a good looking pair. :(

  • Dee

    Way to bring up Heath’s death for publicity. Real classy!

  • this

    she shouldn’t talk about him.
    She was just a girlfriend not the mother of his child.
    Michelle Williams is classy and handled publicity with great respect for him.

  • mellr
  • sea

    Be kind with her. It’s evident that she struggled with the loss of Heath.

  • PerthGirl

    Gemma and Heath dated for quite a while before he died, but she doesn’t want to give details of the when and how. Heath had dumped Michelle early in 2007 and if you look at photos of Michelle from back then you can see her p-ssed off face, whereas his was pretty happy. Gemma was chosen by the French as the No. 1 model of the last decade, and she left all that because she couldn’t cope with Heath’s death. She loved him, he loved her, fullstop. As for Michelle, the couple had broken up months and months before making it official and she was seeing other men too, including Spike Jonze when they were filming Synedoche New York. After Heath’s death, she pretended to only then start dating Spike, but that was a LIE, she had dated him before Heath’s death, even before they had officially split. Heath could do whatever he wanted, and what he wanted was Gemma and it’s just too bad for those who can’t accept that. His family have embraced Gemma for a reason. She wasn’t just an ‘affaire’ for Heath, but a proper girlfriend and they had actually planned to move in together before he died. How do I know? I just do.

  • Atrium

    I Like Her

  • MK

    She must take drugs too. Ok, again, why Heath Ledger died? If she was a good girlfriend her boyfriend wouldnt have never died of drugs.