Glorious Gwendoline
A Fansite for Gwendoline Christie

Glorious Gwendoline Christie

Welcome to Glorious Gwendoline, the first and only fansite for the amazing British talent, Gwendoline Christie. She's been taking Westeros by storm as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones before she burst onto the big screens against the Capitol in The Hunger Games Mockingjay 2, then again in a galaxy far far away with Star Wars as Captain Phasma. Enjoy your visit and make sure to tour the biggest collection of Gwendoline Christie videos and photos in our galleries!
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May 9th, 2016
AliKat

Daisy Ridley and Gwendoline Christie talk a galaxy far, far away with GT

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GAY TIMES – It’s one of the most important dates in every fan’s diary, May the 4th, Star Wars day.

 

To celebrate this most auspicious of occasions, we thought it would be a good idea to venture into the GT archives and dig out our interview with the amazing Daisy Ridley [Rey] and Gwendoline Christie [Captain Phasma].

 

We caught up with them a long time ago… Well, only a month or two before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and as you can tell, both were determined to stay tight lipped about any plot details.

 

We could threaten to blow up their home planets or beguile them with Jedi mind tricks, but the force for keeping secrets is strong in these two. “All I can tell you about Star Wars is that it’s a space adventure,” Daisy deadpans. “Just saying. Actually, didn’t they say it’s a space western? That’s the actual genre, I think.”

 

Indeed it is, but we could’ve told her that. Pretty much everything else about the most eagerly awaited franchise reboot since George Lucas announced he was making three prequels to the original trilogy is under wraps. Thanks to Jar Jar Binks and The Phantom Menace’s kid-movie sensibility, Lucas left many of us disappointed – although he sort of redeemed himself as Attack of the Clones went dark and Revenge of the Sith went even darker. And the trailers for The Force Awakens, which has sci-fi titan JJ Abrams at the helm and the almighty Ford-Fisher-Hamill triumvirate back on board, are freaking awesome.

 

The action figures are out there now too and we’ve glimpsed some of the costumes, but just what awakens the Force is a mystery that Daisy (probably the luckiest girl alive since it’s the 23-year-old’s first movie after her scenes were cut from The Inbetweeners 2) hopes will remain until the 20th Century Fox fanfare blares out on opening day and Abrams whisks us back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. “The reason everyone is keeping it secret is for the best reason possible – so that when everyone goes to see it in the cinema they won’t know what to expect,” she says. “There’s going to be droids and there’s going to be creatures.” Which isn’t exactly a spoiler, Daisy. She laughs. “But the emotional story will be a surprise.”

 

It’s also a surprise for the young actress, and a pleasant one at that, to learn that the franchise has a legion of gay fans. “When I went to the Disney Store I was surprised by how many gay men I ran into,” she smiles, looking very much like a young Keira Knightley minus the pout.

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April 7th, 2016
AliKat

The New Women of STAR WARS

STRIP LV – It’s been the dawn of a new age of women in the Star Wars film franchise, thanks to Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, who championed the addition of more female characters in the newest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And not just random, female roles—but strong roles of substance.

 

We sat with two of the strong lead females from the record-breaking blockbuster, The Force Awakens—the heroine: “Rey” (Daisy Ridley) and the villain: “Captain Phasma” (Gwendoline Christie).

 

Daisy Ridley – born the youngest of five daughters to Louise Fawkner-Corbett and Chris Ridley of London, England, hit Hollywood with a bang in her powerful lead role as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But this talented actress is no stranger to the fine arts, whose great-uncle was Arnold Ridley: actor, playwright, appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and who was best known for authoring the play, The Ghost Train, as well as his role in the popular seventies WWII British television sitcom, “Dad’s Army”. Initially sent by her parents to Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in response to the preteen’s somewhat naughty behavior in primary school, the young budding performer would become a triple-threat as an actress, dancer and mezzo-soprano with a strength in jazz and cabaret-style singing. And the new Star Wars’ sensation must have some pipes—hitting social media last month, saying that she had recorded a duet with none other than the legendary singer, Barbra Streisand, posting a photo on Instagram of the two of them together, teasing “…more details to come.” Director J.J. Abrams has stated his love for Ridley’s singing voice—so who knows what he has up his sleeve?

 

What we do know is that Ridley turns 24 with her birthday this month, (April 10) and that we will enjoy much more from the talented actress, as she is slated to reprise her role in the next of the franchise’s sequels. She took out a moment from the media storm to share her excitement in taking on the heroic character and to tell some stories about how incredible it was to work with legendary actors, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

 

Gwendoline Christie – another British talent – is best known for playing roles of women who kick ass. Graduating from Drama Centre London with a First Class BA (Hons) in 2005, she started out in theater, and then became the subject of photographer Polly Borland’s noted series of photographs. It was 2011 when Christie landed the role of the fierce medieval fighter, Brienne of Tarth, in the highly successful HBO series, Game of Thrones. “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!” Towering over other long-legged actresses, Uma Thurman (6” 0”) and Jane Lynch (6’ 0”), even Brigitte Nielsen (6’ 1”) Christie’s height of 6’ 3” made for an ever-more fearsome villain in her role as Captain Phasma in the sci-fi epic. The formidable yet striking actress shares how taking on the ‘typically male’ role as villain for the franchise was much more than just stepping up and wielding a laser—that the original Star Wars movie had a huge influence on her as a young girl and that landing the role actually was a dream come true.

 

GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE
STAR WARS’ VILLAIN “CAPTAIN PHASMA”

 

STRIPLV: So what made you want to join Star Wars and play Captain Phasma?

 

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April 2nd, 2016
AliKat

Gallery Update – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Thanks to the early release of the digital copy, I’ve added the HQ screencaps from the movie to the gallery. And thanks toMouzer at John Boyega Fan, I’ve been able to add the screencaps from the bonus feature “The Secrets of The Force Awakens” as well. Enjoy! I’ll be adding Gwendoline’s clips to the video gallery this week.

 

 

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March 30th, 2016
AliKat

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deleted Scenes Teaser

March 16th, 2016
AliKat

Ten Tidbits From The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Documentary

HUFFINGTON POST – At this point, is there anything we don’t know about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”? As far as the new making-of documentary that will appear on the forthcoming DVD/Blu-ray is concerned, not really.

 

The hourlong “Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey” premiered at South by Southwest on Monday, where J.J. Abrams made a surprise appearance to introduce the film. (Abrams was participating in a panel with “The Jinx” director Andrew Jarecki later that afternoon.) As the doc proves, Disney’s intense marketing campaign fed us pretty much everything we could hope to know about the creation of “Episode VII.” And we shouldn’t be surprised, anyway — this is a Disney-sanntioned documentary, so there was no reason to expect a gossipy tell-all. The details of George Lucas selling Lucasfilm and Michael Arndt’s initial script being gutted are glossed over, while Harrison Ford’s on-set injury and the rumors of clashes about the release date aren’t mentioned at all.

 

Still, the movie is ripe with behind-the-scenes footage that will appease “Star Wars” fans, and there are at least a few morsels sprinkled throughout that possibly qualify as new information. And the whole thing is worth watching just to witness Gwendoline Christie’s infectious laugh, which had the SXSW crowd in stitches. Here are 10 other tidbits.

 

1. When Kathleen Kennedy, who’d just taken over for George Lucas as the president of Lucasfilm, first approached J.J. Abrams about directing “The Force Awakens,” Abrams intended to turn down the offer. Having made multiple “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek” movies, he felt he’d done enough sequels. It was what became the movie’s central question — where is Luke Skywalker? — and the idea that a new heroine would be the one to search for Luke that convinced Abrams to take on the project.

 

2. Daisy Ridley auditioned with the intense mind-control scene that Rey shares with Kylo Ren.

 

3. In the first version of the script that Oscar Isaac read, Poe Dameron died. But Isaac said he was “sick of dying early on” in the movies he makes, so when Abrams offered him the part, he informed him that Poe now survives. That means we can thank Isaac for all those hopes the Internet once had for a romance between Poe and Finn.

 

4. Simon Pegg was “dying” to be in the movie, but he and Abrams knew it would be too uncanny to have a prominent “Star Trek” actor in a recognizable role. Abrams suggested he provide the voice for a character, but when Pegg visited the London set, they landed on the gruff Jakku junkyard dealer Unkar Plutt instead.

 

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March 14th, 2016
AliKat

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Documentary Preview

 

MOVIE WEB – Last week, we reported that Disney and LucasFilm will debut the full-length Star Wars: The Force Awakens documentary Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey at the SXSW Film Festival today. This documentary will be part of the bonus features on the upcoming Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and in case you weren’t able to see the documentary in Austin, we have a sneak peek from Good Morning America, along with a new trailer. The sneak peek includes plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, along with excerpts from John Boyega’s actual audition tape.We also see footage from the now-iconic final shot, where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) meets Rey (Daisy Ridley) on his island sanctuary, with Mark Hamill revealing that “this feeling” came over him for the first time since he was on the Tunisia set for the original classic, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. We also hear from Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), and Adam Driver exclaims that it was such a hassle to put on his Kylo Ren costume, it helped him get into character.This preview also explores the famous scene where Kylo Ren kills his father, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Adam Driver revealed that this particular scene “terrified” him, while Harrison Ford stated that the scene “resolved” his destiny in a “powerful and effective way.” In addition to this sneak peek, we also have a full trailer for Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, along with photos from the SXSW premiere, featuring J.J. Abrams and R2-D2, along with several of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens visual effects artists.

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March 8th, 2016
AliKat

MTV Movie Awards Nomiations

Congrats to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 crew!

MTV – Star Wars: The Force Awakens leads the pack with a whopping 11 MTV Movie Awards nominations, including noms in key categories like Movie of the Year, Best Female Performance (Daisy Ridley), Best Villain (Adam Driver) and Breakthrough Performance (Ridley and co-star John Boyega). Meanwhile, Deadpool scored eight nominations, including five for the Merc With a Mouth himself, Ryan Reynolds. (Here’s hoping he and co-star Morena Baccarin will re-enact their nominated “Best Kiss” on the Movie Awards stage.)

 

But that’s not all: starting today, fans can cast their votes for their favorites at MovieAwards.MTV.com, through Sunday, March 20. Fans will also be allowed to vote for the coveted “Movie of the Year” directly on Google — just Google “MTV Vote” and make your pick. Seriously, voting has never been easier.

 

HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2016 MTV MOVIE AWARDS

 

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, both 2016 Movie Awards nominees themselves, will host this year’s ceremony, which air on April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show, which marks its 25th anniversary, will be held outdoors at the famed Warner Bros. Studios.

 

Without further ado, here are your nominees for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. Be sure to tune to find out who will take home the Golden Popcorn!

 

Movie of the Year
–Avengers: Age of Ultron
–Creed
–Deadpool
–Jurassic World
–Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Straight Outta Compton

 

Ensemble Cast
–Avengers: Age of Ultron
–Furious 7
–Pitch Perfect 2
–Star Wars: The Force Awakens
–The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
–Trainwreck

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