While at the US music festival SXSW (South By Southwest) to promote her new horror film Oculus, Who‘s Karen Gillan spoke to E!’s Mark Malkin about her role in another upcoming movie, the hotly anticipated Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Gillan plays the female villain Nebula, a bald, blue alien that she has described as “very sadistic and evil, but I like to think for a very valid reasons.” She famously shaved her long red hair off to play the role.
Nebula is the female villain and Lee Pace plays the male villain. We torment people. We’re really mean to people.
The film promises to be action packed, and one of those action sequences has Gillan up against Zoe Saldana’s character Gamora, a former associate of Nebula’s who is trying to change her life.
Karen spoke about doing the stunts for the big fight between the two characters.
We’re very angry towards each other. There’s a huge fight sequence. I had to train for two months before I could do it. We shot the thing for four days! I did all of my stunts and a stunt double did them, too. I refused knee pads at one point and of course then I bruised my knee but that was it.
Gillan also had to endure long hours in the makeup chair in order to become Nebula with her blue skin. When she first saw herself with the full makeup –
It was amazing. It was creepy and weirdly doll-like, child-like almost.
Oculus, which originally premiered in September at the Toronto Film Festival, is due to be released in the US on 11 April 2014 and in the UK on 13 June 2014.
Guardians Of The Galaxy is set to release 1 August 2014 in both the US and UK.