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Bald Karen Gillan avoided awkward situation by pretending to be a man

Karen Gillan didn't expect her skimpy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle costume to cause controversy.

Karen Gillan was frequently mistaken for a man when she shaved her head for the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

The Scottish actress is back as bald blue cyborg Nebula for the sequel, rejoining co-stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista in Vol. 2, which hits cinemas from 25 April (17).

While Karen didn’t shave her locks off completely for the second instalment, she has lasting memories of doing it the first time around.

“I just shaved the back section of my hair this time,” she told Time Out London. “But having no hair was an amazing experience. I’m glad I did it. People did keep calling me sir, though, One time I was laying in a hotel room bed in the dark during the day. A man came in to do the turndown service and said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, sir.” I was tired and didn’t want to have to explain that I was a woman, so I just put on this deep voice and went ‘No problem.’ It was one of the weirdest moments of my life.”

Since finding fame as the Time Lord's companion in hit British TV series Doctor Who, Karen has easily transitioned into a fully fledged Hollywood star.

As well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the 29-year-old has also been busy with her next blockbuster, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. She stars opposite Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black in the franchise reboot, which has a December (17) release date.

The first images have already been released, with Karen on the receiving end of nasty comments made about the skimpy outfit she wears in the film stills.

“Not at all,” she sighed when asked if she was expecting the costume to be controversial. “But I was armed with the knowledge of why she’s wearing that. If you just see a picture out of context it’s like, ‘That’s ridiculous. The men are fully dressed’. There’s a very valid reason and my character is definitely not happy about it either.”

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