Today’s interview will really get your talking about some major girl power! I was fortunate enough to interview three of the ladies from Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. We got the scoop on everything from make up to being role models for young woman. These ladies play strong, powerful woman in this movie and they are just as captivating in real life. Get the scoop on three of my favorite ladies in the Marvel world, Karen Gillan (“Nebula”), Pom Klementieff (“Mantis”) and Elizabeth Debicki (“Ayesha”).
THE INTENSE MAKE UP ROUTINE
Gillan: “Well mine takes about four hours in the morning, and essentially I have the character’s skin glued to my face, which is really as close as I could possibly get to her which is pretty cool. And it’s kind of intense and slightly claustrophobic. It’s definitely become like part of my ritual, in terms of like getting into character. Like one time I did a rehearsal without the makeup and I did not feel like her at all, so it’s sort of become like a vital part of the process for me which is kind of cool.”
Klementieff: “For me it’s much easier because it’s my skin tones, so it’s like a beauty makeup in a way. And so I need two hours to get completely ready, hair makeup and clothes. And yeah like basically I wear a prosthetics on my forehead it’s just the beginning of the antennas, and then with the C-G-I they make it much bigger. So yeah the makeup artists are like so talented I mean like yours like won an Oscar.
I wear contact lenses in my eyes so really big ones that cover my whole eye. There’s no white in my eye almost. And so same, I feel like kind of claustrophobic yeah I have tunnel vision, so it makes me feel like in my own world, which is kind of good for the character too. So yeah and the antennas I kind of like forget about them and people are like, oh you have something weird on your forehead but me I’m just like yeah whatever.”
Debicki: “I think I’ve got it the easiest because I just sort of sit there and someone paints me and it’s kind of sticky and cold and but I love it- the first day I thought, you know, it was a bit overwhelming the whole paint situation. And then I came to set and I said hi to Zoe, and I said what time did you come to work and she said like three AM. And I had a very civil call of like six AM. And then I thought I am never ever complaining about makeup ever again. So and I also asked her for some tips.
And she said you just have to be very Zen, just be very patient. So I would just sort of plug into a podcast. I think it’s about an hour and a half and then with the wig cap as well. And then actually for me the most time consuming and hectic part of Ayesha is the costume and that gold dress is almost entirely metal. And it weighs so much.
And it takes about three women to get it on. They used to call it the Ayesha Taco because the whole bottom of the dress is like a great big circular metal thing and it- they would fold it up like a taco and then I would walk up the stairs. And she sort of gets- wherever I get placed, that’s where I am for the day- and someone said, what does it feel like, I said, it feels like a small child is hanging onto my back.”
LIFE AS PART OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE
Debicki: “It’s actually a huge privilege as an actor, like Karen said, to be a part of something that people really want to see and that they care so deeply about. And I suppose the first interaction I had with it was at Comic-Con last year and it really was on my birthday, so it was all about me- no, there’s so many people there and they’re so- it’s sort of like pure joy that just shoots out and it’s incredible. I found it very overwhelming and I sort of kept getting very emotional in interviews like just after, because it’s rare in life to be a part of something that people love so much and they care so much about.
Strangely enough I wasn’t really nervous about watching the film or being there last night, usually I get very nervous. But I just have the sense that- I’d seen it already and I think it’s wonderful. But I just sort of knew that it was going to be accepted with such love. And I had hoped that we would be too. Because we’re new to it. But yeah if that explains how I feel about it.”
Klementieff: “I think it’s not just a Marvel movie, it’s a James Gunn, you know, I think he’s such a genius. And he really reinvented the super hero movie, he made it something really human.
And it really talks about family and I mean you saw the movie- there is action, it’s also hilarious, and it’s also so moving and heart breaking it’s so many things at the same time. And the music is just hah yeah I remember this music and then some of the stuff, you’re like, oh I have to look it up. And so some stuff about the nineties with the stuff that you remember from your past. I mean it’s so many emotions I think and I think it’s really special.”
GILLAN HOPES FOR NEBULA
Gillan: “Okay I feel like she has one clear agenda, which is to kill Thanos. I really hope that she is the one that gets to do that so I’m crossing my fingers for that would be like therapeutic. That would be cool. I’d like to see her relationship with Gamora maybe get a little healthier, however not so healthy that they don’t still try to kill each other because that’s so much fun. I want her to be bad but like a little bit good.”
KLEMENTIEFF ON MANTIS “ODD” RELATIONSHIP WITH DRAX
Klementieff: “It was really funny but I had to not laugh just laughing inside, no it’s fun. She’s innocent, she’s like a child so whatever he tells her she’s like okay, if you say so, you know?”
STRONG FEMALE LEAD TAKEAWAYS FOR THEIR YOUNG AUDIENCE
Klementieff: “That it’s okay to be imperfect and yeah to not be like any everyone else- to be just maybe weird sometimes and it’s you. And that’s what makes you interesting.”
Debicki: “Well for Ayesha don’t be like Ayesha. Someone said on the carpet, and what similarities are between you and Ayesha I’m like none, I really hope none. I think the thing about Ayesha is she is very justified in what she’s doing. Rocket steals from her and she’s going to get what she wants back. And I think, you know, she’s very strong. I suppose her moral compass is slightly askew and she’s slightly merciless. But I think maybe her strength and also that I suppose what I like about her is that she isn’t perfect, she’s actually quite fallible. Even though I mean the irony is they’re genetically modified to be perfect and she’s extremely imperfect, so I guess the same thing in a way but yeah- I would say you could look at Ayesha and then decide to be compassionate.”
Gillan: “For me in your character I like seeing a woman in a leadership position, a woman can be the boss absolutely.”
Make sure to catch these ladies in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this Friday!
Check out my GOTG2 movie review for even more scoop.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in U.S. theaters May 5!
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Disclosure: I was provided with an all-expense trip by Disney. As always all opinions are 100% my own.