Gwendoline Christie Compares Star Wars' Captain Phasma to Game of Thrones' Brienne of Tarth

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 - 6:44AM
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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 - 6:44AM
Gwendoline Christie Compares Star Wars' Captain Phasma to Game of Thrones' Brienne of Tarth
Gwendoline Christie is used to kicking ass as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, but in a few months we'll be able to see Christie take her fighting cred to a galaxy far, far away when she portrays the very mysterious (and highly anticipated) Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Very little is known of the character besides her being an antagonist with a sweet chrome stormtrooper outfit, but Christie is at least sharing some details on what it was like for her to portray the role. Speaking to Variety, she reveals that she was really in that chrome suit the whole time, and that was important in nailing the character:

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"It was very important to J.J. [Abrams] that I was there acting a part. I found it to be a really interesting acting challenge, not just because of what I felt this character was representing - and it was just what I felt, and we talked about it a little bit, but it was never like a manifesto, 'this is what it must be' - and it was exciting to me to have that weight of responsibility taken away, of having to be a certain way as a woman, to have to be mindful in a way that isn't always useful. To have that stripped away was very liberating, and it meant that as an actor I had to focus on other things. I had to focus on what my body was communicating and what exactly my voice is communicating."
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Clearly it sounds like an entirely new acting challenge for Christie, but one she was totally up for. A big talking point about Captain Phasma has centered on the fact that the character happens to be a woman in what appears to be a nonconformist role when it comes to gender. But this is something Christie has faced before as Brienne, and she was able to find common ground between the characters while still noting their differences: 

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"I don't think many female actors get the opportunity to play a part where they're not having to think about the way their face looks, but I found exactly the same thing with Brienne of Tarth, and that was very liberating. It was great as an actor to work on your skills - that it isn't about holding your head so you look beautiful. It's about what you're transmitting, and to be in service of an idea greater than yourself, whether it's the character's overriding objective or, beyond that, hopefully something more sociopolitical. We have seen an image of [Phasma] and again, it's an unconventional kind of woman exhibiting a kind of strength, but in a very different way to [Brienne and her Hunger Games character, Commander Lyme]."
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We're basically desperate for any information we can find on Captain Phasma, and the news that Christie seems so thrilled with her portrayal is reason enough to make us more excited than ever. December 18 can't come soon enough.

Via: Variety
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