Exclusive Interview with Gwendoline Christie “Captain Phasma” In Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I was provided an all-expense paid trip to L.A to attend the Star Wars: The Last Jedi press junket. No additional compensation was received.
During the Star Wars: The Last Jedi global press event we had the amazing opportunity to interview some of the cast as well as the writer/director of the film. Yesterday, we shared our exclusive interview with Laura Dern who plays Vice admiral Amilyn Holdo. Today, let’s continue with our week of amazing Star Wars: The Last Jedi exclusive interviews with the extremely talented Gwendoline Christie who plays Captain Phasma in the new film.
Let’s begin by exploring who Captain Phasma is since her appearance in the Force Awakens is limited. According to the official Star Wars site, Captain Phasma “serves as one of the First Order’s commanding triumvirate, though she sometimes clashes with both the technocratic General Hux and the mysterious Kylo Ren. She workes tirelessly to make the First Order’s stormtroopers the galaxy’s finest soldiers, searching for any sign of weakness or disobedience in the ranks.”
Pretty impressive right? But, that’s just a brief description of who Phasma is, so we had to ask Ms. Gwendoline to give us a description of her character and this is what she had to say about it:
In the first film, Phasma is an enigma, isn’t she? She’s a mystery. She turns up out of nowhere; she has this very confrontational, threatening presence, and that’s sort of compounded or emphasized by what she’s wearing – by this suit of armor which is entirely practical.
Threating presence, indeed. So, will we get to see more of Captain Phasma in the Last Jedi? Ms. Gwendoline had this to say:
We do see more Phasma in the film, and what we see is her resilience, her need to fulfill an overriding sense of revenge, and we see something that we don’t commonly see in female characters which is that we see this – and it manifests itself in different ways – this violence that comes from deep within her. And that’s something I find interesting about this character is that women are not conventionally supposed to have a violence that comes from deep within.
And speaking of Captain Phasma’s intimidating suit of armor how was it wearing the costume? Ms. Gwendoline had this to say:
I was actually lucky enough to be given Couture suit, so the armor was made to fit my dimensions exactly because, in the first film, no one was quite sure about this character. I just loved that we maintained the practicality of what she was wearing. So, of course, you put this armor on, and you feel rigid and uncompromising.
As an actor, you have the challenge of just how to move. Just walking becomes a challenge, but you realize that the person is exerting a great deal of force just to move, and that force is coming from within. This is something they’ve elected to do is to dress this way.
With someone like Captain Phasma, she has a degree of strength that has to exist muscularly, so she is a strong person, physically.
Speaking of Captain Phasma’s physical strength, how much training did she herself had to undergo to prepare to play this role? Ms. Gwendoline chimed in with this:
I was reunited with the brilliant stunt director/stuntman, C.C. Smiff. C.C. Smiff taught me to fight on Game of Thrones at the start of season two when I was first started the show, it was C.C. that taught me to fight- to swordfight, was with me in all of those scenes when there was fighting, and sometimes when there wasn’t, because I was concerned about executing the physicality of that character. To be reunited on a Star Wars film, and to do something incredibly difficult, exceptionally difficult, and for him to push me to go further, and for him to be there.
And since she mentioned Games of Thrones, which of these two suits of armors is Gwendoline Christie more fond of? She had this to say:
Captain Phasma suit is just so shiny. [LAUGHS] Who couldn’t resist something as shiny as that? I don’t ever like to make preferences, but I think in this case, it has to be Captain Phasma.
Finally, as we all know, the lightsaber is the weapon of a Jedi and even some Sith lords. So, if Gwendoline Christie could have her very own lightsaber, which color would it be?
I think it would be pink, because of what that represents. It’s always, a pink ribbon that represents wanting to stand with the further research into breast cancer into the idea of pink and the pink pound with the gay community which is a community I’ve always had a strong relationship with, and also because it’s kind of a double-edged sword. When something’s pink, you think it’s soft and fluffy, and then, whoop, I just cut your head off.
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in theaters everywhere on December 15, 2017