Category: Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars actresses a force to be reckoned with

ASIA ONE – One is a Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for 12 Years A Slave and the other is a fan favourite from the most downloaded TV show on the planet, Game Of Thrones.

 

But for Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has pride of place on their resumes.

 

Both actresses grew up watching Star Wars on television and idolised Princess Leia.

 

And during their joint interview at the Los Angeles Convention Center, they were bubbling over with enthusiasm even as they struggled to sidestep questions because of the non-disclosure agreement all cast members are bound to.

 

Kenyan-Mexican Nyong’o, 32, is fully CGI as Maz Kanata, a tiny wizened pirate with a colourful past and a mentor of sorts to Han Solo.

 

And you never see Briton Christie, who’s 37 and standing at an imposing 1.91m, without her full body armour as Captain Phasma, member of The First Order, leader of the Stormtroopers and the first female villain in the Star Wars movies.

 

If you didn’t get enough of them in The Force Awakens, you’ll be glad to know they are slated to play larger roles in the sequels.

 

Was there an unforgettable moment for you while filming?

 

Christie: I put the costume on and I walked onto the set, and what was around me was wonderfully, magically childlike…Being in a Star Wars world was gloriously euphoric for me.

 

Nyong’o: I was in a bit of a daze for the first days. I was doing (motion capture) so that was a whole other world of trying to figure out what on earth was going on. But a few days in, I was on set and I had just a moment when I looked around and it was the hugest set I’ve ever been on and it’s like my mind exploded for a moment.

 

How was the audition process like?

 

Nyong’o: Shortly after the Oscars, I was in Morocco doing a photo shoot. I got an e-mail from my agent saying (director) J.J. Abrams wants to talk to me. I had a conversation with him and he told me a little bit about Maz Kanata. He sent a script to Morocco for me to read. I had about two hours to quickly go through it and decide. I called him back and said I’m interested.

 

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Gwendoline is glad her villainous character in The Force Awakens didn’t get a feminine costume

BELFAST TELEGRAPH – Gwendoline Christie is pleased the wardrobe department on Star Wars: The Force Awakens decided not to sexualise her costume.

 

The British star plays Captain Phasma in J.J. Abrams’ new chapter of the space saga, a role which required Gwendoline to wear a metallic suit of armour. Instead of being sexy in any way, the costume is intimidating and dark – which was absolutely fine for the actress.

 

“It (seeing the costume for the first time) really was amazing,” she smiled to Britain’s Absolute Radio. “I had been told about it beforehand but nothing prepared me for going into that room and seeing it there. That was extraordinary. As I’ve said, what I loved about it was that I expected, ‘Oh they’ve probably feminised it in some way,’ and they hadn’t and I just thought that’s really modern and decent.”

 

Captain Phasma is in charge of legions of storm troopers, so is also dressed in the iconic cinema outfit consisting of am oversized helmet and body armour. Winning a part in the movie was a dream come true for Gwendoline, who is a lifelong Star Wars fan. Much has been made about a female being cast in such a villainous role, but the 37-year-old wishes it was more acceptable for girls to play baddies too.

 

“It shouldn’t be shocking though should it, but it is,” she sighed. “Because our culture conventionally has been that we have been used to seeing very conventional depictions of females in our mainstream media. And I love with the costume of Captain Phasma she isn’t feminised or sexualised in any way.”

Critics’ Choice Awards adds Star Wars: The Force Awakens to list of Best Picture nominees

EW – The Broadcast Film Critics Association has spoken. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was belatedly added to the list of 10 films that were nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture this year.

 

Star Wars had not been screened for the BFCA in time for the initial ballots. But after voters saw the film, many decided it was worth including in the Critics’ Choice Awards.

 

The decision was made official on Tuesday after the voters were polled in a special referendum yesterday. This last-minute amendment, which was also given to the Tom Hanks film Cast Away, does not include Star Wars in any other category besides Best Picture.

 

While the debate continues whether J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster warrants the same nomination at the Oscars, the Academy included Star Wars on the shortlist for Best Visual Effects. Oscars nominations will be announced on Jan. 14, while the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards winners will be announced during a televised ceremony on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. EST on A&E.

Captain Phasma: So cool she rules in ‘Star Wars’

 

USA TODAY – The Dark Side is a nice place to visit for Gwendoline Christie.

 

The 6-foot-3 British actress gained fans and fame as the warrior Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones. She has parlayed that into supporting roles as rebel leader Commander Lyme in this year’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 and as the armored Captain Phasma, one of the coolest-looking antagonists in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the franchise’s first major female villain.

 

“Every day is really fantastic. I feel like all my Christmases have come at once,” says Christie, 37.

 

“I’m a bit spoiled, really, because the last three projects I’ve been really enthusiastic about. I’ve been very lucky for a couple of years now.”

 

Christie talks with USA TODAY about her role in the hit new Star Wars film — with a box office of $238 million and counting since Thursday night — and her favorites from the original movies.

 

Q: Is Phasma a woman you’d hang out with?

 

A: (Laughs) To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never hung out with someone who’s consciously been a member of the Dark Side. There may be some people who are part of the Dark Side unconsciously I’ve hung out with. And I haven’t hung out with anyone wearing armor in front of me.

 

Q: Is she an ambitious sort — does she want to be General Phasma?

 

A: I put the costume on and I realized that this armor is quite something. It’s very high-functioning, it’s very imposing and it’s not malleable at all. I thought, well, anybody who wears that every day, it must inform their character. Those were some things that I took on board as characteristics.

 

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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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