“It’s incredible, it’s timely, and I’m very proud to be a part of it,” says actress Gwendoline Christie, when asked about starring as the first female villain in the Star Wars franchise. Although we know very little about the silver-armored First Order Officer, Christie fills us in on why this role is so dynamic for women.
Christie opens up to Entertainment Weekly in their Holiday Preview stating, “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.”
Unlike traditional female characters running around in little to no clothing (*cough* Slave Leia *cough*), Captain Phasma’s armor does not reveal any flesh. In fact, whether or not we will see Christie without her helmet still remains a mystery. However, one thing Phasma’s armor does not do is highlight her feminine figure.
With her face hidden behind a mask, Christie had a unique acting experience portraying Phasma’s emotions. Christie says, “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.”
Based on the teasers and trailers, it is safe to say that Christie had zero issue radiating strength and power through her armor, proving that not only can a woman take on a villainous role, but perhaps she can even do better.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 17th.
Or in six more Fridays…but hey, who’s counting?
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