By: Dominic Jones
Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens star Gwendoline Christie chatted with Entertainment Weekly this week about her role as Captain Phasma in the upcoming film. Christie spoke about Phasma and the fact that this is the first female villain in the Star Wars films (TV shows, books, and comics have had female villains in the past, but Phasma is the first on the silver screen), and her first memory of Star Wars.
On Phasma's chrome plate armor she said,
“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,” the actress says. “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.”
On being the first female villain in a Star Wars movie,“It’s incredible, it’s timely, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
Christie also recalled her first Star Wars memory, saying,
“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.’”
The more I hear from Gwendoline Christie the more excited I get that she's in Star Wars (and I was already very excited when she was cast after having seen her in Game of Thrones).
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