When my little sister found out that I would be interviewing Karen Gillan while on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, she was super jealous! Is it bad that I made it a point to stand right next to her during the photo? Don’t answer that…I already know what you are going to say (and I am OK with it, LOL).
While Karen’s character, Nebula, wasn’t very nice during the first movie (or maybe just misunderstood?), I am happy to share that she is super nice in person. She is so nice in fact that she must be an amazing actress to pull of her character. She was a pleasure to chat with and I can’t wait to see her in this role again.
Here’s what Karen Gillan had to say…
Her relationship with Gamora in volume 2
“I think we’re just going to really delve much further into it and were really going to learn about their back story as well which is really exciting for me as an actress to kind of explore. We’re going to learn that they have very severe daddy issues. When Zanos is your father like of course you’re going to have those. And yeah, they’re going to sort of really talk to each other. Usually they communicate quite physically. Like it’s sort of you know, sisters pull each other’s hair, they sort of try to kill each other. But they’re sort of going to talk about and that’s really interesting I think.
What it’s like to be back with the cast and on set
“It’s so nice to be back. I mean, I feel like it, its such a line to say like we’re like one big happy family. But we genuinely are. Yeah, it’s great. Everyone’s really nice and it’s just so much fun to be on this set and they play music and it just really sort of joyous experience.”
Reaction after reading the script
“I e-mailed James the director and just wrote oh, my God, I can’t believe I get to do all this stuff. Because when I went on to the first film it was originally an eight day shoot. And I felt that that was the end of my character as well. So, when I found out I was coming back for the next film I was like what? And it was really cool because in the first film they just kept on rewriting my ending. And I was just like okay, which one is going to be used? I don’t really know because we shot a few of them. And then when I found out I was coming back for the next one was just amazing. And he’s given her all this back story and we understand why she is so bad and she has motivations and it’s just sort of really fleshed out which makes me really happy.”
The make up process
“Okay, so I have been able to keep half of my hair for this film, which is very exciting. So that added an hour of just wrapping all the hair up in a bald cap. And then it takes about 2 1/2 hours to put the makeup on, which is actually quicker than the last film. The last film was maybe around five hours for the full process…And then to get into this is about 20 minutes. So I mean it’s quite a long process but it’s just so worth it. Sort of does half of the job for you as an actor because you look like this.”
Be sure to check back in each day this week for what it was like to be on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Set and interviews with Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill”), Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”), Dave Bautista (“Drax), Michael Rooker (“Yondu”) and Director James Gunn.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5th!
**I was invited by Disney/Marvel to attend this top secret Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Set press trip to share my experience with my readers. However, All opinions are my own.