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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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Gwendoline Christie says Gleeson is “hilarious”

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RTÉ TEN – Star Wars actress Gwendoline Christie, who plays stormtrooper commander Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, has lavished praise on her co-star Domhnall Gleeson saying he is “absolutely hilarious” and “a truly brilliant actor”.

 

Christie revealed that the 32-year-old Irish actor, who play nostril-flaring baddie General Hux in the movie, had her in stitches on set and was surprised at how funny he is.

 

 

Speaking to RTÉ TEN, the Game of Thrones star, who stands at an imposing 6′ 3″, said, “Domhnall Gleeson is absolutely hilarious and a truly brilliant actor and exceptionally talented. He’s just so funny and I didn’t expect to laugh so much on set as I did with him. He’s a very captivating personality and very magnetic. You just want to be around him because he always has an interesting take on things.”

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Christie wears a chrome stormtrooper outfit in the movie and said she loved the practically of Michael Kaplan’s costume, “I really loved the concept. I obviously really wanted to be in Star Wars and thought I would be excited about any part. When I realised that I would be playing what I consider to be a progressive female character then I was truly excited.

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Gwendoline Christie – From Tarth to Darth

NZ HERALDThe star of the hit television show has been recruited to the Dark Side. Gwendoline Christie talks about her Star Wars experience with Michele Manelis.

 

As Brienne of Tarth she’s the tallest woman on television’s biggest show and now she’s putting her Game of Thrones combat training to good use in a galaxy far, far away.

 

Gwendoline Christie plays Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, a Stormtrooper officer from the Dark Side.

 

Other than that: “I think that is pretty much everything I can give you but I’m working on it,” she laughs.

 

When the seventh movie was announced, Christie was keen on getting a role in it. Well a bit more than keen.

 

“I was like a dog with a bone about this. As soon as I heard there was going to be a Star Wars project I said ‘I want to be in that’ and to my agent at the time I said I really want to be in Star Wars and they said ‘well, yes, of course, so does everybody’. I said ‘but no, I really, really want to be in Star Wars’ — and she said ‘yeah, okay, and kind of a few months went by and I said ‘look, I really want to be in Star Wars …'”

 

And so it went. Eventually her worn-down agent got her client a meeting with casting director Nina Gold, who had cast Christie in Game of Thrones. She got a meeting. She got the part. Yes, there was screaming.

 

And then there was the first day on set.

 

“First, I was introduced to Harrison Ford and I had absolutely nothing — I couldn’t speak and I had nothing of any interest to say and just made some noises, looked at the floor and then was sort of taken away … which was the best for everyone so I was quite overwhelmed by that.

 

“There was an amazing moment at Comic-Con before we all went on stage and I saw Harrison and we were chatting and he said — I said ‘you must be used to this’ and he said you are too, ‘you just don’t know it yet’ in an incredible Yoda-like moment of wisdom.”

 

Grab your copy of the TimeOut Star Wars: The Force Awakens special today. Inside, we’ve got interviews with Harrison Ford, director JJ Abrams, new villains Adam Driver and Gwendoline Christie plus a look back at the ten best Star Wars scenes – so far. And who is the NZ telly star only too keen to don the Stormtrooper helmet on our cover?

 

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Interviews, Premieres, Talk Shows, etc – Master Video List

Gwendoline has done so many interviews, talk shows, and other videos in the last few weeks to promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I thought it might be easier to have a handy guide to keep up with them. All of them are in the Glorious Gwendoline Video Gallery. You can get updates for the video gallery by following on our twitter account – @GwendolineFans

 

Star Wars villains: Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma

gwenTHE NATIONAL – As one of the stars of HBO’s smash-hit TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones, Gwendoline Christie is used to being part of a pop-culture phenomenon with a huge, extremely devoted – and demanding – fan base.

 

However, when she was cast in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, she realised that there was an even greater level of fan adulation and public scrutiny.

 

The first time she truly understood the power of Star Wars to move people was when she attended Comic-Con in San Diego to help promote the film.

 

Director J J Abrams wanted to give something back to the thousands of fans who had camped out to see the stars –including Christie (who plays villainous Captain Phasma) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) – talk about the long-awaited new chapter in the smash-hit sci-fi saga. So he invited them to a secret Star Wars concert where the San Diego Symphony Orchestra played parts of the soundtrack while clips from the films were screened in the background.

 

“There were free lightsabers,” says Christie, with a smile. “I was escorted to the stage by Stormtroopers. There were the best fireworks I have ever seen. It was genuinely one of the best events I have ever been to.”

 

Afterwards, the British actress talked to Abrams. For her, the feeling in the room that July night in San Diego was more than hysteria or even euphoria – but she couldn’t quite put her finger on it.

 

“And then J J told me,” she says. “He said it was hope. And he’s right. This is what Star Wars inspires in people, a wonderful feeling of hope that connects us back to a place of simple ­happiness.”

 

Like so many of the newcomers to the long-running saga, 37-year-old Christie’s formative years were spent falling in love with, as she puts it, “these magical, special and exceptional films”.

 

It’s to Abrams’s credit that he has managed to draw on such deep reserves of goodwill and ally that with a cast and crew who feel a sense of responsibility towards telling the best story possible.

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Gallery Update – Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens London Premiere

Thanks to Lora for sending me some of these. I’ll add more over the next few days 🙂

 

 

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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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ANA Provides Star Wars Cast with a Customized Charter Flight for the UK Premiere

I also added a few hundred pics to the gallery from the LA premiere. Thanks to Lora for her help.


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Gwendoline Christie weighs in on Captain Phasma Vs Boba Fett

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Thirty-five years ago, the world was introduced to a masked villain who said few words but won the hearts and minds of fans by just being so darn cool. He was Boba Fett, and while the character doesn’t appear in The Force Awakens, the new Star Wars film does have its own mysterious evildoer in armor: Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma.

 

Little is known about Captain Phasma’s motivations thus far, but Christie is stoked at the idea of her villain, the Star Wars franchise’s first female antagonist, becoming a fan fave.

 

“I think it would be great if Captain Phasma becomes really popular, because of what she represents,” Christie told EW at the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday night. “What she represents to me is very modern in our mainstream media. We have a woman people seem to love and we relate to her character and actions rather than the way she’s been made flesh, due to the armor she wears – which is very practical. That to me seems like a step forward. I’m so grateful I’ve had the opportunity to play this part. People’s enthusiasm for the part of Captain Phasma signals that people want to see something different.”

 

And as for Boba Fett, when asked whether her character would defeat the infamous bounty hunter in a fight, Christie had a better solution.

 

“Imagine what they could do together,” she joked.