Gemma Arterton swore at director Mike Newell in an audition for 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'.

The British actress - who took the lead female role in Jake Gyllenhaal epic 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' - admits it may have been her feistiness during an audition that got her the role of Princess Tamina.

She said: "I think the reason I got Prince of Persia, because I was quite feisty in the audition. I didn't know what Prince of Persia was. It rang a bell but I was never into computer games - surprisingly - when I was a little girl and so I went into the audition quite blasé. I didn't think I was going to get the part anyway so I thought I'll just be myself. The director Mike Newell said to me, 'Can you do a posh accent because she's a Princess,' to which I said, 'I trained at the Royal Academy of f***ing Dramatic Arts, I can do whatever you want me to do!' "

Despite her sudden Hollywood success, fame has not gone to her head, and she claims she still finds it "strange" when she sees herself in some of her roles.

She told film website "It's very strange and surreal when I see myself in 'Quantum of Solace' or 'Clash of the Titans', especially 'Prince of Persia', I think.

"When I first saw this movie it took me a while to get my head around the fact that I was in it. I was a very normal girl and all of a sudden I'm there with Jake. It's very strange for me and I always saw myself doing theatre and little jobs. I never thought I'd be in anything like this. Now that these films are coming I still find it very strange."