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Published On: Sun, Jul 13th, 2014

Karen Gillan talks about auditioning, shaving head for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ role

Marvel Studios returns to theaters in August to close out their phase two of films before the next Avengers film. One of the stars, Karen Gillan, makes the jump from Doctor Who to the female villain Nebula Guardians of the Galaxy. She spoke in new interviews about the role.

Karen Gillan as Nebula Guardians of the Galaxy“Well I was told even before I auditioned that the actress who got this would have to shave her head, and I didn’t think I was gonna get it. So I was like, ‘absolutely, I will shave my head! Sure!’ (laughs),” Gillan says in the July 11 Slash Film interview.

“Then like three screen tests later, it was ‘oh God, this might actually happen.’ And then I got the part, and then I thought about it seriously, and I was like, “I absolutely want to shave my head for this.” Because, I mean, the opportunity is too good to pass up.”

Gillan joins an all-star cast to be a part of the expanding Marvel Universe. She says the Nebula role was the craziest make-up she’s ever experienced.

“It’s certainly the craziest I’ve ever worn! Also, I don’t have my contact lenses in right now, which are normally – I just have completely black eyes. It’s so cool!”

On the role of villain, action star, she added: “I’m having a surreal moment hearing you say that, especially in the American accent! (laughs) That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever heard! But no, I didn’t anticipate that ever happening. No.”

She finally discussed the role.

“I think Nebula’s a really interesting character. What I really like to play around with is how jealous she is as a person. She’s Gamora’s sister, and there’s a lot of sibling rivalry going on. That’s the most interesting aspect about her character to me. So I really played with that and what it can do to a person, because jealousy can consume you and turn you bitter and ugly, and I’ve kind of played with that. And she’s a total sadist. (laughs)”

Check out the full interview HERE

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Peter Serafinowicz, Glenn Close, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theaters on August 1, 2014

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