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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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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

@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 @ 02/08/2011 at 6:40 pm

@Louise:

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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 @ 02/08/2011 at 7:12 pm

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

Jokergurl @ 02/08/2011 at 7:24 pm

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.

stunning flawless better than you always& forever etc goddess

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.

I’m sorry she is UGLY!!!

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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