Gwendoline Christie, star of the upcoming ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, took some time to discuss how some big franchises are trying to change the gender stereotypes in certain types of roles.
Speaking to Variety, Christie made very clear that this was exactly what Star Wars and JJ Abrams were doing with her new character, Captain Phasma. Comparing Phasma to her ‘Game of Thrones’ character, Gwendoline said the following:
“I don’t think many female actors get the opportunity to play a part where they’re not having to think about the way their face looks, but I found exactly the same thing with ‘Brienne of Tarth’, and that was very liberating. It was great as an actor to work on your skills — that it isn’t about holding your head so you look beautiful. It’s about what you’re transmitting, and to be in service of an idea greater than yourself, whether it’s the character’s overriding objective or, beyond that, hopefully something more sociopolitical. We have seen an image of [Phasma] and again, it’s an unconventional kind of woman exhibiting a kind of strength, but in a very different way to my other two characters.”
This kind of freshness and progressiveness is the same that earned director George Miller a lot of praise for Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. It’s great to see that Star Wars will be doing the same, and with heroines like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel of DC and Marvel fame getting ready to shine, hopefully stereotypical gender roles will be a thing of the past.
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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hits theaters December 18, 2015.