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Gwendoline Christie’s Star Wars costume informed character

Published 02/01/2016

Gwendoline Christie
Gwendoline Christie

Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie has discussed how excited she was upon discovering her wardrobe for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

Gwendoline Christie had to make her movements "significant" in her Star Wars costume.

The British actress plays Captain Phasma in the seventh instalment of the sci-fi franchise, The Force Awakens, which hit cinemas worldwide in December (15). Rocking a costume which masked her appearance required Gwendoline to channel her alter ego's personality through movement, a task which the star enjoyed taking on.

"Being in that armour meant investigating the character in a different way," she explained to Empire magazine. "The way she stands becomes very significant, the way she walks is very significant, the way she moves a hand gives us a lot of information about the character."

Costume designer Michael Kaplan was in charge with creating the looks for the cast, which also includes the likes of original Star Wars icon Harrison Ford. Gwendoline describes her look as “a chrome Stormtrooper" and at 6ft3in, she certainly looks menacing in the plated ensemble. Luckily for her, she's used to a similar costume thanks to her role in hit TV show Game of Thrones.

"I slipped into a body suit and then had this armour applied to me," Gwendoline added. "At the end, when they put the helmet on, I looked in the mirror and... the first thing I did was some sassy moves, because you've just got to, right?"

Domhnall Gleeson is another newcomer to the franchise, with Gwendoline gushing about how "phenomenal" he looked in his uniform for the role of villain General Hux.

Gwendoline’s role marks the first big female baddie in the films, with the star seeing the part as an "honour" to play. "It's exciting for me being the first (major) female villain in Star Wars, but also a villain where we're all excited about who she is and what she's going to do, rather than just her flesh," she smiled.

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