Press: : How Gwendoline Christie and Rian Johnson Developed Captain Phasma’s Backstory

IGN – Captain Phasma is a Star Wars character who didn’t get explored to great depth in The Force Awakens, but one who fans will get to learn much more about in the coming months. In addition to the December release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the chrome Stormtrooper will be at the center of an upcoming companion novel, Phasma, and a comic book series — and no one is more excited about this than Gwendoline Christie.

 

IGN had the chance to sit down with Christie at the summer 2017 TV Critics’ Association press tour while she was promoting her role in Top of the Lake: China Girl, and she was bursting with excitement about the upcoming releases which will explore her Star Wars character more. She hasn’t had the chance to read the novel or comics yet — “I haven’t been allowed entry to it” — but she did admit, “I have been following [Phasma author] Delilah Dawson, who I’m following on Twitter just to say, ‘Remember me? Do you think about me?'”

 

Captain Phasma was one of the most anticipated and popular new characters to be introduced in The Force Awakens, in no small part because of Christie and her Game of Thrones fame. When speaking about the role Phasma has to play in The Last Jedi, Christie said she and director/writer Rian Johnson worked together to develop her character’s backstory and what her motivations are.

 

“Rian and I did have long conversations about this character and who she was, and I was utterly delighted in how willing he was to listen to my ideas and really thrilled to exchange them with him and hear his,” said Christie. “He really is a master writer and director, and I think we’ve seen that in the films that he’s made but I think that we truly will see that in the depths to which he goes in The Last Jedi.”

 

Though Phasma’s backstory didn’t get explored in The Force Awakens, Christie said she develops her character’s origin and motivations regardless of who she’s playing, be it a captain of the First Order or Brienne of Tarth or Miranda in Top of the Lake: China Girl.

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Press: Why the Women of Top of the Lake Are Laughing in the Face of Male Complaints

“They’re asking for too much, these dudes.”

 

 

VANITY FAIR – A brief cloud crosses actress Gwendoline Christie’s face when I asked her if she thinks her Top of the Lake: China Girl character—the hopeful, open-hearted officer Miranda Hilmarson—bears a close resemblance to her real-life persona. Anyone who has watched Christie in interviews or on a red carpet knows that the six-foot-three blonde—who made a name for herself playing severe, lethal characters like Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games, and Captain Phasma in the latest Star Wars trilogy—is, in actuality, one of the friendliest and easy-to-smile actresses in the business.

 

That goofy side is on display for the first time in Christie’s decade-long career in a role that Top of the Lake creator Jane Campion wrote specifically for her. Hilmarson will stoop to make friends with a dog, and does her best to crack the hard nut that is Elisabeth Moss’s Robin Griffin. But Christie is still right to distance herself a bit from Hilmarson—because, like everything in Campion’s work, this bright and cheery constable has a darker side.

 

Moss herself is fond of repeating Campion’s thesis statement for creating Top of the Lake, an ongoing dark feminist drama disguised as a crime story which follows Detective Griffin from a small New Zealand town in Season 1 to the faster-paced dangers of Sydney, Australia, in Season 2. “The placid lake of Season 1,” Moss says, paraphrasing Campion, “hides the danger underneath. But while Season 1 dealt with the wildness without, this year we’re tackling the wildness within.” And indeed, the second season of the critically acclaimed drama—which airs six new episodes on three consecutive nights starting Sunday, September 10, on Sundance—brilliantly juxtaposes the gray, ordered facade of a city like Sydney with the messy, violent passions of the people who inhabit it.

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Gallery: Top of the Lake 2: China Girl

I uploaded all of the Top of the Lake photos except for 2.06 when the show aired in the UK so I just wanted to repost this as a reminder and also add 2.06 to the list (I held it back so no one would be spoiled!). So what did everyone think? I loved Miranda to pieces!! I was very sad by the cliffhanger ending. Maybe they’ll bring it back for a second season to resolve that and catch the bad guy.

 

Thanks to Lora and Mary for the scans!

 

  

 

 

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I’ll have more photos from the Mothership Ball to add. Plus tonight is the premiere of Top of the Lake but they haven’t added all the pics yet so I’ll be added those soon!

    

 

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Press: Upcoming Talk Show Appearances

Gwendoline and her Top of the Lake: China Girl co-stars will be promoting the show before the premiere in the US next weekend. Here’s the talk shows Gwendoline will be on:

 

 

Tuesday, September 5th

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, NBC

Jake Tapper, Gwendoline Christie, Gary Clark Jr.

 

 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

AOL BUILD

Elisabeth Moss, Gwendoline Christie & Alice Englert

 

 

Friday, September 8, 2017

LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

Gwendoline Christie, Fifth Harmony

 

 

Videos: 7.07 ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ Inside the Episode and Worlds Collide

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