Published On: Tue, Nov 3rd, 2015

Gwendoline Christie previews her ‘Star Wars The Force Awakens’ role as Phasma, a ‘very progressive female character’

After a break out role on Game of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth, Gwendoline Christie will now serve as one of the antagonists of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Capitan Phasma, the first female villain for a film in the franchise. She opened up about the role while talking with Entertainment Weekly in their Holiday preview.

“We know very little about her at this stage, but what I think people are drawn to is that this is a very progressive female character,” the actress says. “We see Captain Phasma, and we see the costume from head to toe, and we know that it is a woman. But we are used to, in our media, connecting to female characters via the way that they look, from the way they are made flesh.”

star-wars-the-force-awakens-gwendoline-christie-captain-phasma-442x600The J.J. Abrams directed Force Awakens is bringing the chrome-covered Stormtrooper uniform into the forefront as a leader and fans may not see Christie without the helmet.

“We are actually connecting to a female character as a human being,” Christie says to EW as they note, “…even if, ultimately, she’s does inhuman things.”

“It wasn’t just about what I was expressing above the neck, it was also as focused on what I was expressing below the neck,” says Christie. “It was an interesting acting experience as well as a fangirl’s dream.”

This is a huge break from other Star Wars films and Christie knows it: ““She’s Star Wars’ first female villain,” Christie says. “It’s incredible, it’s timely, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

Christie reflects on her love of the original film.

“It’s one of the first Christmases I remember, and A New Hope was on the television. I really just fell in love with it,” the actress recalls. “I remember very distinctly adoring Princess Leia, because even in my infant mind, I thought, ‘Gosh, that’s a woman with strength.’”

EW has some fun, writing : Sorry, Princess Leia, Christie still loves you – but Phasma is ready to take you down.

“Unfortunately,” Christie answers in a low, sinister tone, “it came all… too … easily.”

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker all return from the original trilogy to reprise their role with new stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow and Christie.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters on December 18.

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