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   /   May 25,2018   /   0 Comments

Porter — Scottish-born Gillan, 30, shot to fame playing Doctor Who’s companion Amy Pond in the cult British TV show before landing roles in blockbusters including Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War. This year Gillan made her feature-film directorial debut with The Party’s Just Beginning, which she also wrote and starred in.

Why did you want to direct? When I was growing up, I had a video camera and I would make horror movies with my parents or friends. I didn’t think of directing as a female job, which is ridiculous, but I hadn’t seen any examples. Then I started working in the industry and thought: ‘I should just do this.’ It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

What was it like shooting The Party’s Just Beginning in your hometown of Inverness, Scotland? I would be directing during the day, in an authoritative position, then coming home and being moaned at by my mother for not bringing my laundry down!

Who has been pivotal to your career? My mother and father. Without claiming to be, they were such feminists, because they never thought I couldn’t do anything because of my gender. That feels like true gender equality.

What has been your worst career advice? ‘Wait to be invited’ – I don’t think things come to you, you have to go out and get them.

Which woman in Hollywood inspires you most? Tilda Swinton. She could be doing giant movies, but instead she’s finding interesting filmmakers and giving them a platform by attaching her name to the project. I think that’s a great use of her stardom.

We hear that you’ve volunteered to direct an all-female Avengers… I didn’t nominate myself in any real way, but whether I directed it or not, it would be amazing for Marvel to make a movie like that.

“I didn’t think of directing as a FEMALE job; I hadn’t seen any examples. Then I started working in the INDUSTRY and thought: ‘I should just do this.’ It’s one of the BEST decisions I’ve ever made”

Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > Session 11 [+03]
Elise   /   Apr 26,2018   /   0 Comments

W Magazine — Karen Gillan is hard to miss. Five feet eleven, flowing red hair, an infectious Scottish accent—it’s the perfect storm of attributes that will invariably make you take notice when she walks into a room. It’s that much more ironic, then, that her most recognizable role to date, as Nebula, the bald, blue-skinned alien from Guardians of the Galaxy, is Gillan at her most unrecognizable.

But Gillan, you see, is always ready for a challenge. “In the audition for [Guardians of the Galaxy], they asked if I was willing to shave my head, and it sounded like a cool project and I was up for this change. I’ve always had long red hair that was kind of a defining feature for me, so to kind of rid myself of that…” It’s worth noting that at this point, Gillan was under the impression that her character, daughter of the evil alien warlord Thanos and sister to Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, was only going to be a minor role, amounting to just eight days of shooting. “Yes. It seems a little extreme, in retrospect,” she admitted. But it’s a risk that paid off, as it turns out that Nebula has stuck around far longer than Gillan had ever imagined. It’s been four years since the first film debuted in 2014, and in that time, she’s reprised the role in last summer’s sequel and will do so once again in this weekend’s Avengers: Infinity War, posed to be Marvel’s biggest movie ever, which will bring the Guardians into the fold alongside Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, and the rest of the gang. “I felt like the Guardians were a family and we were about to meet all of our cousins,” Gillan said. (She’s also fully grown back her hair in that time, she’s proud to report, noting, “When it is first growing in and is completely vertical and you are five feet eleven, people will mistake you for a man.”)

Just as the Guardians have joined a roster of established heroes, Gillan found herself working among some of her own acting heroes while filming the movie. “I was really excited to work with Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr., just because I grew up watching their films and think they are such incredible actors,” she said. “I really wanted to see their process and behind-the-scenes. And it was great. What I love about them as actors—and you can see it on the screen—they are so loose and inventive, and there is lots of improv happening. It just feels really natural to them.

Of course, the 30-year-old can’t say much about the film; mainly because, despite the fact that we’re chatting just five days before it is slated to hit theaters, she still has yet to see it. “Hardly any of us have even read the script for the film,” she added. “They are so secretive that they’ve gone so far as to write a fake script for people to read. So you just don’t even know if what you’re reading is real or not until you are there reading the words. We are in the same position as all of the fans of the film. I just can’t wait to watch it. I mean, we were shooting it for a year. I’m not entirely sure how any of my scenes fit into the overall story. It is actually kind of a fun place to be in, because it is going to be surprising.

Gillan was poised to figure it out days later, at Monday night’s world premiere, which gathered all of the Avengers in Los Angeles, but first she had another red carpet to tend to: the premiere of her directorial debut, The Party’s Just Beginning, which opened at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday night. The film, which Gillan also wrote and stars in, follows a 20-something woman named Liusaidh dealing with the aftermath of her best friend’s suicide, leading her on a path of nonstop partying and trysts with anonymous men. Though the film, which is at times both wickedly funny and profoundly heartbreaking, is set in Gillan’s hometown of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, the film is by no means an autobiographical tale. “Initially I read a statistic that sparked the whole thing that said that suicide rates in the Highlands of Scotland were significantly higher among young men than the rest of Scotland,” she said. “I thought it was so strange because it was such an idyllic and picturesque place to live. I was like, ‘Why is this dark statistic looming over this beautiful place?’ I knew that I wanted to tell that story, and take inspiration from my own life and thread it through this fictional storyline.

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Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > Session 08 [+05]
Elise   /   Apr 26,2018   /   0 Comments

NY Daily News — […] “The Party’s Just Beginning,” which Gillan wrote, directed and starred in before debuting it at the Tribeca Film Festival, began as a passion project six years ago, long before “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jumanji.” She began with a statistic: every 10 days, a resident in her hometown of Inverness, Scotland, commits suicide.

In the movie, Gillan, 30, plays Liusaidh, a young Scottish woman dealing with the aftermath of the suicide of her transgender best friend (Matthew Beard) who jumps in front of a train. Liusaidh copes with French fries, alcohol and sex with random men; a dangerous, loud, chaotic cocktail mixed with serene moments of self-reflection and, at times, self-doubt. Even the solace she finds in Dale (Lee Pace) can’t quiet her thoughts long enough to keep her away from the bridge where her best friend took the last leap. Her pain is visceral, real and unrelenting.

It’s such an idyllic, beautiful place to live,” Gillan told the Daily News. “Why do we have this dark statistic looming over this?” The movie, she said, is her way of exploring her home’s ghosts. “I wanted to tell an emotional story from a character’s point of view and follow this girl who has been at the brunt of this statistic,” she said. “She’s the one who has been left behind.

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I hope that people connect with it in their own personal way,” she told The News. “The most important thing isn’t what I intended, but more what exists between each audience member and the film. It’s different for each person. It’s all open to interpretation.

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Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > Session 07 [+02]
Elise   /   Apr 22,2018   /   1 Comment

Our gallery has been updated with several shots taken of Karen and the team behind “The Party’s Just Beginning” (co-star Rachel Jackson (Donna), executive producers Boman Modine and Tien-Huei Grace Yeh, and producer Andru Davies). Don’t forget that the film will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival tonight!

Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > Session 04 [+07]