Wonderful Interview & Amazing Photos from “The Edit”/Net A Porter

The actress and fashion favorite is just as strong as her warrior character in Game of Thrones, finds HERMIONE EYRE

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Photographs by EMMA TEMPEST
Styling by CHARLOTTE BLAZEBY

 

Gwendoline Christie arrives at the St Pancras Hotel in London looking magnificent in a Giles Deacon cape, exclaiming, “And WHY haven’t we met before?” in a swooping, resonant voice. “WHO has been keeping us apart?” Christie often speaks in CAPITALS, her expressive voice changing registers and layering emphasis as she delivers her conversational lines. “IT WAS DIVINE” (her verdict on Anna Nicole, the opera); “I’m BATS about Miu Miu and Prada.” She also uses my name frequently, in the teasing manner of a natural flirt. She is wittier and a thousand times more feminine than her most famous role (to date), the stern-faced, bone-crunching warrior Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s epic Game of Thrones, a television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

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STYLE RESUME
PROFESSION: Actress/enemy slayer
MY STYLE IS: Mythic Space Horse with chocolate-box tendencies.
GO-TO LABELS: Gile Deacon, Miu Miu, Prada, Roksanda Illincic, Richard Nicoll and Louise Gray – being in her studio is endlessly fun.
FAIL-SAFE PIECES: For day, Acne Studios jeans. For evening, a black crepe Miu Miu dress – it’s a dear old faithful – and a cashmere cape by Giles that transforms any outfit.
FAVORITE ACCESSORIES: My Roger Vivier pumps are timeless.

 

 

So impactful is her performance that Barack Obama is reported to have asked the show’s producers after her character’s well-being, and Mike Tyson once accosted her on the red carpet for a joint selfie (with the stipulation that she put him in a headlock).

 

In 2015, Christie’s fortunes look set to rise further with roles in blockbusters The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two and Star Wars VII. Her coterie of influential friends insist this is simply nature taking its course: the actor Simon Callow, her friend and mentor after she left London’s Drama Centre, said he could “smell success” coming her way.
“I was incredibly lucky to leave drama school and work with [director] Declan Donnellan at the Royal Shakespeare Company for my first job,” says Christie. “I never had to go too long without being employed.” Still, for eight years, she walked Callow’s dogs to earn extra money. “I miss them so much,” she says. “They were the best friends I ever had! Two boxers called Biff and Roxy; two glorious beings that I fell in love with.” She was busy taking Biff and Roxy for four-hour romps across north London’s parks and canals when it came to her attention that fans of Game of Thrones were lobbying online for her to play Brienne in the TV adaptation of the novels.

 

“There was this wonderfully encouraging wave of support,” says Christie. “I read the books and I really, really wanted to play the part. I started kundalini yoga, kickboxing and running, and completely changed my diet. I felt I wanted to undergo what was necessary for the part.” This was all before her first audition. “I love a challenge,” she shrugs. “And I love defying limitation, gender stereotypes and people’s expectations of me as an actress.”

 

“I love DEFYING limitation, gender STEREOTYPES and people’s expectations of me as an ACTRESS”

 

Life had already set expectations for Christie to defy. Growing up in a hamlet near England’s South Downs, she was conspicuous, having reached almost her full height of 6ft 3in by the age of 14. She rejected the growth inhibitors offered by her doctor and struggled to belong at school. At home, she read, watched Hitchcock and  ellini films, and devoured fashion magazines. “By hook or by crook, I got my mitts on them,” explains Christie.

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“My life was very quiet, sedate and bookish, and it was so exciting to me to see what was going on in nightclubs and communities of artists and subcultures around the world. It gave me a taste for transformation – the idea that  a woman could be a chameleon.”

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Gwendoline Supports BBC Children In Need!

Gwendoline joined other actresses and models in supporting BBC Children in Need by showing off the limited edition Giles Deacon Designed ‘Pudsey’ T-Shirt.

 

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BBC Children in Need funds over 2,600 projects for children and young people 365 days of the year. Your heroic fundraising and donations support small and large organisations local to wherever you are in the UK. Here’s how every penny you give makes a difference.

 

Find out more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/childreninneed and order your shirt here: http://www.bbcchildreninneedshop.co.uk/

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ has a title: ‘The Force Awakens’

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If you feel a disturbance in the Force, it’s millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.

 

The reveal comes as the movie finishes its final day of shooting (with many more months of post-production to come.)

 

Although there were still a few days left of shooting, the cast of the J.J. Abrams film already celebrated their wrap party last weekend, following a bumpy few months of principal photography thrown into crisis when Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, broke his leg on set in an accident involving a falling door on the Millennium Falcon.

 

It was also plagued by spoiler leaks — or was it? The flow of rumors and apparent concept images has been non-stop, but how much of it is accurate remains an open question.

 

The film, which picks up three decades after the events of Return of the Jedi, is headlined by original trilogy stars Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), with new additions including Lupita Nyong’o (the best supporting actress Oscar-winner from 12 Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie, the 6-foot-3 British actress best known as the female knight Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones.

 

Other new additions include Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), John Boyega (Attack the Block), newcomer Daisy Ridley, performance-capture maestro Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), and the imperious Max von Sydow from The Exorcist.

 

Episode VII, er … The Force Awakens, produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and veteran Abrams collaborator Bryan Burke, is set for release Dec. 18, 2015.

Source: EW

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“There’s no such gold and no such pearl, as a bright and beautiful English girl.” Charles Dance introduces British Actress of the Year Gwendoline Christie with a poem

 

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Pranking Alfie, strong women, and more in GOT panel at Comikaze Expo

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Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo took place this weekend in Los Angeles, and included a Game of Thrones panel with actors Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen and Esme Bianco. (Well, two of them are still on the show, Esme’s Ros was killed off rather spectacularly in Season 3.) Adrienne Curry moderated.

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Alfie’s told a story of a prank from Season 2:

“I got a fake script at the end of the second season telling me that I was going to die. They left me for about four weeks tearing my hair out and then they decided to tell me.”

I mean, if you haven’t read ahead in the books as an actor on the show, that’s a pretty easy prank to pull. (For the record, I do understand why actors don’t want to read ahead, because it will affect their performance if they know what’s coming. But still.)

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Gwendoline talked about the portrayal of women in the show, and the perceived sexism that’s inherent in the story.

“I am very aware that gender inequality is still very alive in our world. However, the female characters in ‘Game of Thrones’ are some of the strongest female characters we have seen in recent times on television. I applaud that. I’m very passionate about the way women are portrayed, and I am very proud of the work that is continuing to be done by this television show in mainstream media. It may be small steps but I am very grateful they are being taken.”

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Source: Winter is Coming

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Congratulations to Harper’s Bazaar Best British Actress – Gwendoline Christie!

Harper's Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards at Claridge's Ballroom, London, Britain on 4 November 2014.

 

Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie has been named Best British Actress at a prestigious ceremony.

 

The Sussex-born actress picked up the gong at the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards at Claridge’s in London.

 

The 36-year-old was born in a hamlet near Worthing and went to school at Warden Park in Cuckfield.

 

She is best known for playing warrior Brienne of Tarth in hit TV series Game of Thrones.

 

She is also set to appear in the upcoming Hunger Games film as well as the new Star Wars movie.
Source: The Argus
I’m so proud of  Glorious Gwendoline! She looked amazing and it was a well-deserved award. I’ll post the rest of the photos from last night after work tonight!

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