Gwendoline Christie On Playing Star Wars First Female Villain

Disney/Lucasfilm
Disney/Lucasfilm

When we learned that Gwendoline Christie (aka actual queen of the galaxy) was the one under that chrome stormtrooper armour, we clapped, we cried, and we hugged each other. We have a super badass lady in the most anticipated movie of the year, and she is playing a villain. Everything is absolutely awesome.

As with everything about Star Wars: the Force Awakens, Captain Phasma’s origins and role in the movie are a mystery, but she already had a huge impact not only within the fandom but with non-Star Wars fans too.

“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”, Gwendoline Christie told Entertainment Weekly.

True. The thing we love the must about Phasma is that they didn’t make the armour sculpted around the female silhouette; it’s a stormtrooper. Not a female trooper, not a male trooper. And she is a very important one among the others. She’s no damsel in distress, she’s on the dark side, and we heartily appreciate all this.

We have not seen Phasma without the helmet, nor we know if we will even see her face, but she has already communicated a lot just by the way she walks and owns the whole place.

“We are actually connecting to a female character as a human being. 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”, Christie shared.

She added: “She’s Star Wars’ first female villain. It’s incredible, it’s timely, and I’m very proud to be a part of it”.

Gwendoline Christie is living the fangirl dream in many ways: she plays Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones, we will see her soon as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and as Captain Phasma in December. Like many of us, Star Wars has a very important place in Christie’s heart… as well as a particular princess.

“It’s one of the first Christmases I remember, and A New Hope was on the television. I really just fell in love with it. I remember very distinctly adoring Princess Leia, because even in my infant mind, I thought, ‘Gosh, that’s a woman with strength.’”

Everything points to The Force Awakens being ground breaking in many aspects but especially in breaking gender roles, with this (ultra badass) female villain. How’s the countdown going?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to us on December 18. I assume you already have your ticket, right? Right?!

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