Guardians of the Galaxy has a very strong female cast. Earlier this week I shared with you the interview with Zoe Saldana who is so fierce in Guardians it leaves you wanting more. Now I’m sharing an interview with three more powerful women in the movie, KAREN GILLAN POM KLEMENTIEFF & ELIZABETH DEBICKI. Each of these actors played remarkably different roles with different strengths needed to tell this story!
I’m going to start off by saying, I have a favorite actor out of these three because I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, so Karen is my favorite. She is much prettier and taller in person than I ever expected. She was asked to tell us what it was like to have such a devoted fan base from this movie and because of us “Whovians”?
It’s such a cool sensation actually to be part of something that people care about because that’s not always the case. Usually, you’re trying so hard just to make people care about your project. But with things like Dr. Who and Guardians, I mean it just has like this built in fan base. They’re just so accepting and passionate. They care about all the decisions you make, and you just feel like really special for a second. (laughs)
In the first movie, we saw this sort of evil super villain watching from the sidelines a little bit. But this time we really understand why. And for me, like it’s my job as an actor to sort of be her lawyer and explain to everyone like why she is justified in doing these things, and I think we achieve that in the movie, which is really cool. And it was just so important to me to give her those layers because it isn’t exactly appealing to just have a bad guy for no reason.
Okay I feel like she has one clear agenda, which is to kill Thanos. I really hope that she is the one that gets to do that so I’m crossing my fingers for that would be like therapeutic (Laughing) That would be cool.
I’d like to see her relationship with Gamora maybe get a little healthier, however not so healthy that they don’t still try to kill each other because that’s so much fun. (Laughing) I want her to be bad but like a little bit good.
Karen: Well mine takes about four hours in the morning, and essentially I have the character’s skin glued to my face, which is really as close as I could get to her which is pretty cool. And it’s intense and slightly claustrophobic. (Laughing) It’s become part of my ritual, regarding like getting into character. Like one time I did a rehearsal without the makeup, and I did not feel like her at all, so it’s become a vital part of the process for me which is cool.
Pom: Oh me oh yeah. For me, it’s much easier because it’s my skin tones, so it’s like a beauty makeup in a way. And so I need two hours to get completely ready, hair makeup and clothes. And yeah like basically I wear a prosthetics, on my forehead, it’s just the beginning of the antennas, and then with the CGI, they make it much bigger.
Karen: Yeah an Oscar-winning makeup artist, it’s amazing.
Elizabeth: I‘ve got it the easiest because I just sort of sit there and someone paints me (Laughing). It’s sticky and cold and but I love it- the first day I thought, you know, it was a bit overwhelming the whole paint situation. And then I came to set, and I said hi to Zoe, and I said what time did you come to work, and she said like three AM. I had a very civil call of like six AM. I thought I am never complaining about makeup ever again. So and I also asked her for some tips.
And she said you just have to be very Zen, just be very patient. So I would just sort of plug into a podcast. I think it’s about an hour and a half and then with the wig cap as well. And then actually for me the most time consuming and hectic part of Ayesha is the costume and that gold dress is almost entirely metal. And it weighs so much.
We used to call it the Ayesha Taco because (Laughing) the whole bottom of the dress is a great big circular metal thing and they would fold it up like a taco, and then I would walk up the stairs. I get placed where I am for the day. It feels like a small child is hanging onto my back.
Pom: I wear contact lenses in my eyes, really big ones that cover my whole eye. Like there’s no white in my eye almost. And so same, I feel like claustrophobic, and I have tunnel vision, so it makes me feel like in my own world, which is kind of good for the character too. So yeah and the antennas I kind of like forget about them and people are like, oh you have something weird on your forehead but me I’m just like yeah whatever. (Laughing)
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is in theaters May 5th, that’s tomorrow. I bet some of you could even go see it tonight if you wanted.