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Gwendoline Christie Loves Being a New Kind of Action Heroine

PEOPLE – Gwendoline Christie credits Carrie Fisher – with her buns, metal bikini, and laser blaster – as the inspiration for a career that includes fierce medieval fighter Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones and stormtrooper commander Captain Phasma in the record-setting hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

“I loved Princess Leia, and that even in my infant mind I remember thinking, ‘She’s a different kind of woman to the women I see in films,’ ” Christie, 37, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I think it must have been quite forming.”

 

“I’ve been lucky enough to play a couple of parts of women who are very driven and somewhat unconventional,” she adds. “I love playing women who kick ass!”

 

Christie, who first watched Star Wars when she was 6 years old, recently told Fisher she was a huge influence on her as a young girl.

 

“I said, ‘I feel that perhaps watching you planted a seed in my mind.’ ” To which Fisher joked, ” ‘I did actually plant a seed in your mind. It’s true.’ She’s incredible.”

 

When the 6’3″ actress finally stepped on The Force Awakens set to shoot, she couldn’t believe the day had finally arrived.

 

“I said to the people around me, ‘So, is this really happening?’ ” she recalls. “Walking onto the set with that incredible costume, the sets were so enormous and so detailed, everything seemed real … and I was in it.”

 

The costume, says Christie, made her role even more appealing. “I was struck by how incredible it looked, but also I liked that it was stormtrooper armor. It hadn’t been sexualized or feminized in any way. I thought, ‘That is interesting. That’s very modern.’ ”

 

Now she’s one of the Star Wars women future generations will watch closely, as she once did.

 

“People talk about having dreams come true,” Christie says. “This is really a lot of young dreams come true.”

Star Wars first female baddie Gwendoline Christie calls starring role “revolutionary”

The actress credited the film makers for giving her such a unique opportunity to play a role that was initially intended for a male actor

 

MIRROR – Gwendoline Christie has just made her debut as Star Wars ‘ first ever female baddie and called the role “revolutionary”.

 

Admitting she had been captivated by the saga since she was a young child she has thanked the makers of the franchise for giving her such a great opportunity to create such a unique character.

 

Crediting Carrie Fisher as her inspiration for becoming an actress she said of her character: “It’s just fantastic. What I love about playing Captain Phasma, is she is the first female storm trooper.”

 

Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning she added: “As a character we are so used to, in the mainstream media, seeing women portrayed in a way which is conventionally, often sexualised.

 

“With this character she’s covered in armour, consequently we form a relationship with the character due to her actions and her character primarily rather than the way she looks like made flesh and to me that feels very progressive.”

 

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5 Times Gwendoline Christie Ruled ‘Game of Thrones’

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – A long time ago, in a realm far, far away, a warrior wandered the world of Westeros, wielding Valyrian steel, with nothing in her heart and mind but a vigilant sense of sworn duty.

 

That warrior was Brienne of Tarth, the towering hero played by Gwendoline Christie on Game of Thrones ever since the show’s second season. After premiering as essentially a sidekick to Lord Renly Baratheon, Brienne subsequently found herself on a mission that’s taken her to all sorts of corners of the Seven Kingdoms, working with and against a vast array of fan-favorite heroes and villains.

 

While Christie remains embroiled in HBO’s fantastic world of ice and fire, she’s now involved with another universe as well: Star Wars. The actress stars in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Captain Phasma, a masked villain sporting a dark armor that would give Brienne serious pause.

 

Before all attention falls on Christie’s big-screen performance, however, let’s take a moment and honor five of her best moments on Thrones — with many scene-stealing turns still to come.

 

1. “Rise, Brienne of the Kingsguard!”

The first time we met Brienne in season two, she was heavily armored, in the middle of a sword fight against another talented warrior, surrounded by a who’s who of onlookers, including Catelyn Stark, Margaery Tyrell and Renly Baratheon. It was only after Brienne removed her helmet that the audience, on both sides of the TV screen, learned that this masterful swordsman was actually a woman. It was as powerful an introduction as any character in this great epic, one that cemented her status as the second season’s most interesting new players, and one that earned her a role as part of Renly’s Kingsguard … short-lived as that tenure was.

 

2. “Guards! The Kingslayer!”

Brienne’s season-three journey with Jaime Lannister was one of the most anticipated stories for readers of A Song of Ice and Fire, the novels on which Game of Thrones is based. They begin their relationship as skeptical enemies before reaching a place of mutual admiration — and perhaps something even more, based on some interpretations of the dynamic. Anyone looking for signs of romantic tension between Brienne and the so-called Kingslayer need look no further than “Kissed by Fire,” the fifth episode of season three, featuring a mesmerizing monologue from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau that offers an entirely new perspective on his one-handed swordsman. But the way Christie plays Brienne’s reaction to Jaime’s confession deserves an enormous amount of respect as well.

 

3. “You’re Arya Stark…”

Put the ensuing fight with Sandor Clegane aside. Brienne’s first encounter with Arya, after spending the whole season searching for her and Sansa as part of her sworn duty to the late Catelyn, stands out as one of the most moving scenes in the entire fourth season of Thrones. “I wish I could have been there to protect her,” she mournfully answers when Arya asks why Brienne was not around to save her mother from the Red Wedding. It’s a soulful, stoic turn from both Christie and Maisie Williams, complicated ever more by the presence of The Hound.

 

4. “There’s no safety …”

… and let’s just cut the quote there, for the sake of clean language. But the nastiness of the verbal sparring perfectly mirrors the nastiness of the battle between Brienne and The Hound, one of the most ferocious fight scenes in Thrones lore. It comes after the aforementioned emotionally taxing exchange between Brienne and Arya, then quickly intensifies even further with the clash of metal and the gnashing of teeth, leaving both warriors reeling, but only one of them still standing: Brienne, exhausted but alive, closer to Arya than before, and yet, further than ever.

 

5. “Go on, do your duty.”

What Brienne lacked in luck in her search for Arya and Sansa Stark, she more than made up for it with finding her sworn enemy: Stannis, the middle Baratheon brother who used blood magic to kill his own sibling, Renly. Brienne finally avenges her late lord at the end of season five, encountering a mortally wounded Stannis in the snow-covered forest outside Winterfell. Even in his final moments, Stannis accepts his inevitable fate at Brienne’s hands like a tired businessman, aware of his failings and ready to finally rest. It undercuts the satisfaction that could have been gleaned from his execution at the hands of Brienne — a notion that speaks to one of the show’s central ideas, that despite expectations, revenge typically tastes bittersweet.

The Mainstream’s Most Beloved Misfit

With roles in three of 2015’s biggest projects — Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens — the actor has the kind of platform she always dreamed of. Now, Christie tells BuzzFeed News how she was repeatedly told it would never happen.

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BUZZFEED – Gwendoline Christie really, really, really loves Star Wars.

 

The proof of her undying adoration — besides the repeated gushing (“It’s amaaaaazing!” “I just love it so much.” “Isn’t it the best?”) — came when she encountered a truly rare sight: R2D2, C3PO, and BB-8 all huddled together in a hallway during the recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens press day Los Angeles.

 

“Oh my god, is this happening?!?” she squealed as the trio, in unison, slowly made their way toward her. “I’m really freaking out right now.”
As Christie greeted the droids with a reverence normally reserved for heads of state — “Hi, how are you? It’s lovely to see you!” — she continued to sporadically scream the kind of unadulterated joy anyone who has encountered a beloved Hollywood icon knows all too well. And as Christie posed for a photo with all three, she repeated, under her breath, “No. I can’t believe this. This isn’t real.”

 

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But it was.

 

That impromptu robot convergence was simply the latest in a long string of “pinch me” moments the 37-year-old actor has experienced since winning the role of fierce warrior Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s insanely popular Game of Thrones in 2012. Since then, she appeared in Liongate’s acclaimed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 as Commander Lyme and now finds herself in the hotly anticipated Star Wars sequel, The Force Awakens, playing the evil Captain Phasma.

 

But of all of Christie’s recent experiences that she’s struggled to wrap her head around, co-starring in The Force Awakens remains the most inconceivable. “I still can’t believe I’m here talking to you about being in the new Star Wars movie,” she told BuzzFeed News, every other word punctuated with a verbal exclamation point. “I remember seeing [A New Hope] when I was about 6 years old and my family presented it to me as, ‘This is Star Wars.’ There was so much excitement and they kept saying, ‘You’re going to love this.’ And I did. I loved it from the opening titles.”

 

Christie spoke lovingly about the film’s visual flair, enthralling action, and beautifully hopeful message, but what resonated most deeply with her young self was that, for the first time, she felt like the misfits were the heroes.

 

“I always felt like a bit of an outsider and here was this group of people that were all very unique in their own way, on an exciting journey together, and are getting along,” the 6-foot-3-inch actor said. “It was that combination of unique characters and misfits coming together in the pursuit of good and it being funny.”

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Gwendoline Christie Is The Funniest Stormtrooper You’ll Ever Meet

imageREFINERY29 – Gwendoline Christie wants to know all about my first time.

 

“When did you first see Star Wars?” she asks, leaning over the table where we’re seated, her bright blue eyes wide. I tell her it was approximately one zillion years ago, when I was about 3, and the campus hangout of the college town I grew up in had snagged a bootleg copy.

 

“And what did you think of it?” she asks.

 

I explain that my little mind was blown, particularly by Princess Leia and Chewbacca. Then, conscious of the seconds ticking by in our allotted time to discuss all things Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I suggest that we shouldn’t be wasting time on me when there’s so much I want to ask her.

 

“But I’m genuinely interested!” Christie says with such conviction that I believe her. “I really am. People have such a big investment, such a big emotional investment in the film, and I want to see if there’s a common element.”

 

Christie, 37, has vivid memories of her own introduction to a galaxy far, far away, via Episode IV — A New Hope. “I first saw the film when I was 6. It was Christmas, and I think it’s the first Christmas I remember. I completely fell in love with it. What’s fascinating, I think, is that I still love it as much as I did then. It still moves me, it still fills me with awe and excitement, and it still really makes me laugh.”

 

And what a laugh it is. The British actress — who plays the nefarious Captain Phasma in the new Star Wars and, of course, heroic Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones — has an absolutely delightful one that erupts frequently during our conversation. Here’s how it went.

 

It’s an exciting time.

“I can’t believe any of this is happening.”

 

You’ve been in the swirl of a mega franchise for a few years now with Game of Thrones. Is this just a much bigger deal?

“I can’t believe it every time I have a job! [Laughs joyously] And long may that feeling continue!”

 

Speaking of these two worlds you work in, you’re used to secrecy, so I don’t stand a chance here of getting anything out of you, do I?

“Why would you want to? Why would you want to do that? You wouldn’t want to spoil it for people!”

 

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Gwendoline Christie Is The Female Action Hero We’ve Been Waiting For

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With roles in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 and  Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gwendoline Christie is well on her way to becoming one of 2015’s biggest box office draws. Even better, she’s going to do it while playing two strong female characters: Commander Lyme, a former District 2 winner of the Hunger Games and Captain Phasma, a member of the First Order, which has become known as the evil new version of the Empire. Christie, known for playing Game of Thrones warrior Brienne of Tarth, has made a career out of playing women that are as strong, if not stronger, than the men she’s been sent to destroy. Even better, Christie has quickly become an unapologetic action hero for women and young girls who truly believe that anything boys can do, girls can do better.

 

Christie has only eight acting credits to her name since 2007, but she’s quickly become the go-to woman for sci fi/fantasy directors who are looking for someone who doesn’t mind getting a little rough. Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams told Entertainment Weekly that the  character of Phasma was specifically created with her in mind. “I just thought it would be really cool if we could find someone to play the part who was female, and I’m a fan of Game of Thrones; Gwendoline is in that show, [The Force Awakens casting director] Nina Gold casts it, she knew Gwendoline, obviously,” Abrams said. “We were very lucky to get to have her in the movie. She’s not in many scenes, but her presence is powerfully felt when she’s there.”

 

And that’s the power of Christie. There is no role that is too small for the statuesque British actress. She’s a force — no pun intended — to be reckoned with. The former gymnast, who turned to acting after hurting her back, seems like a natural with a sword or taking on big burly men. You believe that she would have no problem laying these guys out — and, up until now, all of her foes have been men. A lot of that power comes from her androgynous nature on screen, something that’s pretty revolutionary for female action heroes and that we haven’t seen much of since Brigitte Nielsen or Grace Jones. Christie told V Magazine that when you are  nearly six 6 feet tall when you’re 14 years old, you need to decide what you’re going to do with that power.

 

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Gwendoline Christie isn’t being told ‘no’ anymore

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Gwendoline Christie has various ways of putting off questions about Captain Phasma, the villainous Stormtrooper leader she plays in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and, sitting down for a chat during a recent visit to L.A. from her native England, she gave them all a workout.

 

There was the apologetic approach. (“I’m so sorry — this is where I’m going to frustrate you.”) There was mock indignation. (“You can’t ask me any of these questions, and I’m almost appalled that you have!”) There was the vague threat of what could happen if she were to spill any “Star Wars” secrets. (“Something bad would happen to me — and you.”)

 

Christie, 37, is accustomed to withholding plot details, having starred for the last three years as the fan-favorite warrior Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” But with roles in not one but two of the most highly anticipated films of the holiday season — she’s in the final installment in the “Hunger Games” franchise, opening Nov. 20, as well as “The Force Awakens,” in theaters Dec. 18 — she finds herself sitting on a pile of spoilers like never before.

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People’s Choice Awards Voting Time!

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People’s Choice Award 2016 Nomination Time!

There are a few nominations for Game of Thrones, plus you can also write in a vote for Gwendoline herself! Click on the graphics below to go directly to vote for Game of Thrones and Gwendoline.

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