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”