Welcome to Adoring Karen Gillan, your best source for everything on the Scottish actress Karen Gillan. Karen is best known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who, as well as Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy. Her upcoming projects include the highly anticipated Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Party's Just Beginning and Avengers: Infinity War.

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Elise   /   Dec 18,2017   /   1 Comment

WWD — “I just realized that I timed this really badly…so at some point, room service is going to arrive during this interview.” Karen Gillan is on the phone from her hotel room in Atlanta, where she is living while she shoots the new “Avengers” movie. On the menu? “Some poached eggs, some sausages,” she says. “I’ve got some serious breakfast vibes going on.

The Scottish actress stars in the remake of the 1995 classic “Jumanji” film, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” out Dec. 20, which means much of her life is on the road for press at the moment. “I almost dropped everything in hands because I am the biggest fan of the original ever,” she says of when she first learned of the remake. “It’s in my top three films of all time. And I was instantly terrified and then protective over it. It is its own movie in its own right and it pays enough homage to the original, but it’s going to keep fans of the original happy, I think — it certainly did for me. And then — oh here’s the room service — one sec…


The “Jumanji” project has garnered attention for months, and when an early still of Gillan in a rather miniscule costume emerged online it was met with backlash and accusations of sexism. “I think gender equality is very much at the forefront of our conversation right now and that makes me really happy, so it’s good that people are talking about it,” the actress says in response. “Then along comes this photo where all the men are covered and then the girl is like scantily clad, of course it’s going to…when you look at it out of context, it’s sort of ridiculous. So I’m not surprised by people’s’ reaction at all actually.” But, she promises, the short shorts are not without their purpose. “We’re actually aware of that trope and we’re sort of making fun of it,” she says. “And my character is so unhappy about it. But yeah, it’s not necessarily a negative thing that people are talking about it — it gets to reinforce it.

In the meantime, Gillan is focusing her efforts on writing and directing, and just finished her film “The Party’s Just Beginning,” following a young woman coping with the suicide of her best friend, set in her hometown in Scotland. “I read a statistic that the suicide rate in the Highlands of Scotland is higher than anywhere else in Scotland,” Gillan explains. “It just instantly struck me as strange because I grew up there and it is so beautiful. It’s constantly voted the best place to live in the U.K. It’s idyllic and picturesque and I was just like ‘why is this weird thing happening here of all places?’ I wanted to explore that, so I did that in the film.” Acting is fun and all, but directing is where she sees her career moving. “I feel like it’s just exactly what I should be doing,” she says. “I feel totally stimulated by it.” But first, breakfast.

Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 23 [+6]
Elise   /   Dec 14,2017   /   0 Comments

Our gallery has just been updated with high-quality digital scans of Karen in Total Film (January ’18 Issue), where she discussed “Doctor Who”, Marvel and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” amongst other things. She also talked about “The Party’s Just Beginning” and being behind the camera. Check out our gallery for some lovely facts!

Press > 2018 > Total Film (January) [+4]
Elise   /   Dec 12,2017   /   1 Comment

Karen, together with her fellow co-stars, attended the “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” Premiere in Los Angeles yesterday evening (December 11). She looked beautiful, wearing a gorgeous Reem Acra gold gown with Stella Luna heels and Belladora jewelry. Head over to our gallery to check out over 260 photos from the premiere.

Elise   /   Dec 10,2017   /   1 Comment

Sunday Style — The world has always been sceptical of an ambitious woman. She is seen as suspect in her motives, aggressive in her approach and, frankly, just a little unappealing. Karen Gillan is ambitious. The 30-year-old Scottish actress rose to fame in 2010 as Amy Pond, the fiery-haired companion to Matt Smith’s Doctor Who. Since hanging up her keys to the Tardis, she has fronted an American TV series, appeared in an Oscar-winning film and landed leading roles in three Hollywood franchises. From The Big Short to Guardians of the Galaxy to Avengers: Infinity War, Gillan’s IMDB page reads like a mildly pretentious 15-year-old’s list of favourite films, and shows her to be one of the most successful British actresses to make the leap across the pond. So, yes, Karen Gillan is ambitious. She’s ambitious and talented, and also softly spoken, very Scottish and has a mildly unhealthy knitwear addiction.

I do think in the UK we’re in danger of viewing ambition in a slightly negative way,” Gillan says when we sit down for breakfast at a trendy hotel in downtown New York. “In Los Angeles, people kind of celebrate that, and that’s one thing that I like about it.” She moved to LA in 2012, after three series of Doctor Who. “I was 24. I literally had a suitcase, nowhere to live, didn’t know anyone. I moved into this horrible little apartment, which ended up getting burgled. It was mental,” she says.


This Christmas, she stars in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a sequel to the 1995 classic, alongside Nick Jonas, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson. Of her co-stars, she says Jonas is “really nice, kind of chilled out and gentle”, while Johnson is “basically going to run the world one day. He’s just the most motivational, nicest person I’ve ever come across. You express any kind of insecurity about anything and he’s, like, ‘You can do it’, and then you’re just filled with the knowledge that you can do it.” Filming took place in the jungles of Hawaii, which meant 30-degree heat and a lot of mosquitoes. “It was a good laugh,” she says. “I mean, running away from imaginary animals is always fun. Doctor Who was the perfect training ground. I know how to look scared of things that aren’t there.

Who fans will be pleased to know that Amy and the Doctor remain steadfast companions: “Matt is one of my best friends. I don’t see him as much as I’d like to, just because we’re in different countries, but we speak all the time.” As a lifelong Whovian myself (yes, that’s a thing), the opportunity for me to ask Amy Pond for her thoughts on the first female Doctor feels too good to be true. The former companion’s enthusiasm is genuine: “I’m so excited! Jodie Whittaker is an amazing actress. I think she is going to do wonders with the role and I’m just excited for everyone to realise that a female can absolutely play it — it never should have been a question, ever.

Press > 2017 > The Sunday Times Style (December 10) [+1]
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 22 [+4]

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