Gwendoline Christie is iconic for her performance as Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, but she soon may have a second genre role that will preserve her geek-goddess status.
Christie is palying the chrome plated stormtrooper Captain Phasma in the upcoming “Star Wars: the Force Awakens”. With very little known about the specifics of the character, all that is known is that she is the first female villain in the Star Wars saga. Christie spoke with EW about the gender of the character an how it is important:
“We know very little about her at this stage, but what I think people are drawn to is that this is a very progressive female character. We see Captain Phasma, and we see the costume from head to toe, and we know that it is a woman. But we are used to, in our media, connecting to female characters via the way that they look, from the way they are made flesh.”
The full body armour and helmet are iconic traits of Star Wars Villains but this came with its own challenges as an actor for Christie:
“It wasn’t just about what I was expressing above the neck, it was also as focused on what I was expressing below the neck. It was an interesting acting experience as well as a fangirl’s dream… She’s Star Wars’ first female villain. It’s incredible, it’s timely, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”