Welcome to Adoring Karen Gillan, your best source for everything on actress and filmmaker Karen Gillan, who is best known for her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who. Her upcoming projects include Jumanji 2 and the highly-anticipated Avengers: End Game. We aim to bring you all the latest news relating to Karen's career, and strive to remain 100% gossip-and-paparazzi-free.
2018 Tribeca Film Festival Portraits

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!

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Karen Gillan Photographed for the LA Times

LA Times — Karen Gillan has recently transplanted herself away from sunny Los Angeles to much-less-sunny New York City, and she couldn’t be happier about it. “It’s cool here! I find it really inspiring,” the actress turned filmmaker explained, FaceTiming in from her new digs on a crisp spring day. “I think I like to be a pedestrian — I don’t know how to drive — I’m really pale and I like the colder weather because of where I’m from.

L.A. doesn’t lend itself to any of the things that I am,” she quipped with a breezy smile. That’s just fine with Gillan, who seems to find the bright side of most things. Besides, she points out, New York is practically halfway home to Scotland. Back home is where her heart has led her, professionally speaking, as her acting success has dovetailed with a new itch to get behind the camera.


This month Gillan is celebrating a more personally significant cinematic feat: Her feature directing debut, the Scotland-set “The Party’s Just Beginning.” The scrappy drama made on an indie budget in 18 days premieres Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Gillan directs herself in the film as Liusaidh, a young Scottish woman in her 20s stuck in a tailspin of grief a year after the death of her best friend. She’s smart and capable but aimless and a touch hostile, haunted by a loss she can’t seem to communicate to anyone else. Drowning herself in drink and sex, she screams to be heard in a town where everyone is battling their own private demons. It’s a project that brought her full circle back to Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands, where she grew up. “It’s such an idyllic place to live,” she described. “It’s really picturesque and beautiful and safe, so as a child you could run around without your parents worrying about you. In that respect it was just a really lovely upbringing, running around Scottish landscapes.


At 24, her television and film career taking off, she began writing a script, finding a kernel of inspiration for a fictional story in a startling statistic she’d read about her own hometown. “The suicide rates in the Highlands of Scotland where Inverness is are higher among young men than in the rest of Scotland,” she said. “Why is this dark statistic looming over us?


My favorite director is Stanley Kubrick – and it doesn’t look like a Kubrick movie, but a lot of the choices we made in the film were informed by the emotions of the character that was feeling them. I wanted it to feel static, like she’s stuck in a moment. The flashbacks could feel more fluid, more warm and natural. We played around with aspect ratios where we go from 2:39 to 1:85 every time it goes into flashbacks which was a fun device to feel immersed in it.

(read the rest of the article at the source)

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Karen Gillan Photographed for WWD

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.

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Karen Gillan Covers The Sunday Times Style (December 10)

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.

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Vanity Fair: Secrets of the Marvel Universe

Vanity Fair — After a decade of unprecedented success, Marvel Studios is at a pivotal moment: the looming farewell to some of its founding superheroes, and the rise of a new generation. Kevin Feige, the creative force behind the $13 billion franchise and a slew of Marvel stars, discusses its precarious beginnings, stumbles, and ever-expanding empire.

On a sweltering October weekend, the largest-ever group of Marvel superheroes and friends gathered just outside of Atlanta for a top-secret assignment. Eighty-three of the famous faces who have brought Marvel’s comic-book characters to life over the past decade mixed and mingled—Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk, bonded with Vin Diesel, the voice of Groot, the monosyllabic sapling from Guardians of the Galaxy. Angela Bassett, mother to Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, flew through hurricane-like conditions to report for duty alongside Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Laurence Fishburne, and Stan Lee, the celebrated comic-book writer and co-creator of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men.

Their mission: to strike a heroic pose to commemorate 10 years of unprecedented moviemaking success. Marvel Studios, which kicked things off with Iron Man in 2008, has released 17 films that collectively have grossed more than $13 billion at the global box office; 5 more movies are due out in the next two years. The sprawling franchise has resuscitated careers (Downey), has minted new stars (Tom Hiddleston), and increasingly attracts an impressive range of A-list talent, from art-house favorites (Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange) to Hollywood icons (Anthony Hopkins and Robert Redford) to at least three handsome guys named Chris (Hemsworth, Evans, and Pratt). The wattage at the photo shoot was so high that Ant-Man star Michael Douglas—Michael Douglas!—was collecting autographs.


Disney promises that Marvel has at least another 20 years’ worth of characters and worlds to explore—for starters, the studio is finally delivering films with black and female heroes at the core—but declines to offer up any secrets of that ambitious slate. Moviegoers, for now, will simply have to trust in Feige. Luckily for Marvel obsessives, the 44-year-old studio executive is one of them. “At the heart of Kevin is a real”—Scarlett Johansson paused before using the same word everyone does to describe her boss—“fanboy.”

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