Gwendoline Christie Talks 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' & Playing Captain Phasma!!

By Matt O'Bryant

What's up guys and gals,

In just about three months the world is gonna descend upon movie theaters around the world to see the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  

Among many other badass reasons to see the film, one of the greatest things about Star Wars has always been its amazing, cool, and unique characters. Well it looks like The Force Awakens will have no shortage of that.  With Kylo Ren and BB-8 already becoming household names. There is another badass character starring in the film that is getting a lot of buzz too, and that is Captain Phasma played by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie.  Recently the actress got to sit down and talk with Variety about her unique role as Captain Phasma, check it out below.

The Game of Thrones actress spoke with Variety recently to comment on bringing the already memorable character to life.

It was very important to J.J. 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. It becomes about the way in which you hold your hand, the way in which you walk, where your weight lies and what you want that to mean, and I wanted to give the character identity. I thought it was interesting to make something about the character identifiably female in a non-superficial way, and I hope that comes across.
— Gwendoline Christie

In Game of Thrones Gwendoline Christie plays Brienne of Tarth, a badass and loyal warrior, while there may be some similarities on the surface, Christie explains that Captain Phasma is a much different and unique character than all of her other roles before.

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 my other two characters
— Gwendoline Christie

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hits theaters on December 18th, 2015.

SOURCE: VARIETY via JoBlo, Fandangmovieclips