A Happy Belated Birthday Video for Gwendoline

I wish this had been on time but someone (*ahem*Gwendoline) never told the public her birthday until the actual day. I heard this song and knew it was perfect for her.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Gwendoline Christie on Playing the Series’ First Female Villain

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A couple months ago, a minor controversy erupted when the official Star Wars Facebook page posted an image of Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), and some dickhead inevitably stepped in asking how we were supposed to know that was a woman beneath the armor. In all fairness to the guy (who should have known better to lead with “Not to be sexist but…”), most media embeds the knowledge that for something to be deemed feminine, it has to be sexual. There can be armor, but it has to be armor that accents the breasts, legs, and posterior.

 

star-wars-the-force-awakens-gwendoline-christie-captain-phasma-442x600To the eternal credit of the person running the Star Wars Facebook page, they responded “It’s armor. On a woman. It doesn’t have to look feminine.”

 

Christie hopes she’ll have viewers rethinking feminine power with Phasma, and in a new interview with EW, she talks a bit about her mysterious character. Without specifically mentioning the online fracas from a couple months back, Christie commented on how the costume flies in the face of how female characters are expected to dress:

 

“We know very little about her at this stage, but what I think people are drawn to is that this is a very progressive female character,” the actress says. “We see Captain Phasma, and we see the costume from head to toe, and we know that it is a woman. But we are used to, in our media, connecting to female characters via the way that they look, from the way they are made flesh.”

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Gwendoline Christie is such a warrior, she even fought to be in ‘Star Wars’

 

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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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Gwendoline Christie on why her Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain is good news for girls

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The reason it matters so much in our world that Captain Phasma is a woman is because it doesn’t matter very much at all in her world.

 

That’s according to Gwendoline Christie, the Game of Thrones actress who plays the villainous First Order officer in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She tells EW in our Holiday Preview issue that the story takes a matter-of-fact approach to Phasma’s gender – and that seems to be part of her appeal.

 

“We know very little about her at this stage, but what I think people are drawn to is that this is a very progressive female character,” the actress says. “We see Captain Phasma, and we see the costume from head to toe, and we know that it is a woman. But we are used to, in our media, connecting to female characters via the way that they look, from the way they are made flesh.”

 

Phasma does not show skin. It’s not even clear how much – if at all – we’ll see Christie without her helmet. The silver armor also isn’t sculpted around the female form. That’s revolutionary for a genre in which women have traditionally been relegated to roles as scantily clad damsels in distress.

 

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Gallery Update

 

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Happy Embarrassingly Belated Birthday

I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t know it was Gwendoline’s birthday until her tweet. I promise I’ll do something more substantial in the next few days but I hope she knows how wonderful I think she is and I wish the most special of birthdays!

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Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2015 > Feb 7: Charles Finch & CHANEL Pre-BAFTA Dinner

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2015 > Apr 19: Calgary Comic And Entertainment Expos

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2015 > May 23-24: Denver Comic Con

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2015 > Oct 14: Attitude Magazine Awards

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2014 > Feb 28 – Mar 2 – Throne Con 3

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2014 > Mar 16: Walker Stalker Convention – Chicago

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2014 > Nov 1: Comikaze

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2012 > May 25-27: London Comic Con

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2009 > Nov 15: Patrick Wolf – London Palladium

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2015 > 2015 Emmy – Issue #8

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2015 > 2015 The Hollywood Reporter – October 2

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2015 > 2015 Harper’s Bazaar – November

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2015 > 2015 Sci Fi Now – Issue 112

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2015 > 2015 SFX – December

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer #3!

With just under two months before Star Wars fans once again travel to a galaxy far, far away, Disney has offered up the final trailer for the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Teasers for the trailer hinted that “the First Order is coming,” and in the latest preview, fans get a glimpse of the new installment’s main villain Kylo Ren as he promises Darth Vader’s crushed mask, “I will finish what you started.”

 

The trailer also ties together the loose strands in the decades following Return of the Jedi: The original trilogy has become legend in the Star Wars universe, but as Harrison Ford’s Han Solo tells Daisy Ridley’s Rey, “It’s true. All of it. The Dark Side. A Jedi. They’re real.” The preview also features John Boyega’s Finn facing off in a light saber battle against Kylo Ren. Even a hooded Luke Skywalker makes a brief cameo, with his robotic hand reaching out to R2-D2 at the 1:40 mark.

 

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Women Who Dare: Gwendoline Christie

Bazaar celebrates women who live by their own rules and are brave enough to take flight.

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Pictured: Cape, Giles. Swimsuit, La Perla. Sandals, Giuseppe Zanotti Design. Hair: David Wadlow; makeup: Laura Dominique; manicure: Sabrina Gayle for Orly; set design: Trish Stephenson. FASHION EDITOR: Vanessa Coyle.​​

 

A few years ago, Gwendoline Christie was treading the boards for the Royal Shakespeare Company and playing Mag Wildwood in a West End production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Now she finds herself at the epicenter of three massive pop-culture movements: Game of Thrones,Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2. While an actor saying he/she is grateful has become a cliché, Christie really means it. “It means there’s a shift in our culture and our way of thinking about how women are perceived,” she says. “People want to see a more diverse representation of women than the homogenized ones we’ve had so far.”

 

Christie, 36, is far from homogeneous. Standing six foot three, she contended for years with the perception that “if you were taller than average, you couldn’t act on-screen. But you’ve got to hang in there because things change.” She had a role in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009, then a friend told her “there was something online about me being in an HBO show.” Christie researched Game of Thrones’s Brienne of Tarth, the loyal-to-a-fault soldier who stars in the series’ most riveting battle scenes, and thought, If this remains in audiences’ minds, this could work to change the way we view women on television.

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