One thing I love about MARVEL movies, the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise especially are all the powerful roles the women have. It’s important to me as a woman myself, but also as a mom. I love the fact that my daughter can watch these movies and see that women can be superheroes OR super villains too. They can kick ass, take names, do INCREDIBLE stunts, while wearing some cool outfits, shoes, and makeup. Vol. 2 has SO many of our favorite characters and also some new ones like Karen Gillan aka “Nebula”, Pom Klementieff aka “Mantis” & Elizabeth Debicki aka “Ayesha”. I was able to sit down with these lovely ladies during the press junket and have a great discussion. Plus, we can’t forget the original Guardians bad ass Zoe Saldana aka Gamora. I shared her interview a couple of days ago, but let’s get to THIS interview:
Q: You ladies all have very elaborate makeup in the movie, tell us about that process, or something that surprised you that we wouldn’t know about putting your makeup on each day.
KG: 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. [LAUGHTER] and it’s definitely become part of my ritual, in terms of like getting into character. One time I did a rehearsal without the makeup and I did not feel like her at all, so it’s sort of become a vital part of the process for me which is kind of cool.
PK: Oh me oh yeah. For me, it’s much easier because it’s my skin tones, so it’s like a beauty makeup in a way. I need two hours to get completely ready, hair makeup and clothes. 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.
KG: Yeah an Oscar winning makeup artist, it’s amazing.
PK: Mine are amazing too. And they’re in competition we love each other. [LAUGHTER] it’s happening right now- we also slept for three hours because, you know, we had the premiere last night. I wear contact lenses in my eyes so really big ones that cover my whole eye. It’s like there’s no white in my eye almost. And so same, I feel like kind of claustrophobic. 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.
ED: I think I’ve got it the easiest because I just sort of sit there and someone paints me [LAUGHTER] 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. Then I thought I am never ever complaining about makeup ever again. So and I also asked her for some tips. She said you just have to be very Zen, just be very patient. So I would just sort of plug into a podcast was and was listening to a serial. I think it’s about an hour and a half and then with the wig cap as well. Actually for me the most time consuming and hectic part of Ayesha is the costume and that gold dress is almost entirely metal. It weighs so much.
It takes about three women. We 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. The bustle is so huge. At he same, it so informs who you are and how you feel, it’s so sort of and for Ayesha too, the choice to be that creature and the presence she wants to put out into the world is so much the hair and makeup and the costumes.
Q: What’s it like being part of a film that has such a devoted fandom, especially for Karen because you also have Whovians to deal with.
KG: It’s such a cool sensation actually to be part of something that people actually care about because that’s not always the case, usually you’re trying so hard to just make people care about your project. You know, but with things like Dr. Who and this, I mean it just has like this built in fan base and they’re just so accepting and they’re so passionate, they just like they care about all the decisions you make and you just feel like really special for a second
Q: How was it filming that huge Nebula Gamora fight scene and did you have a lot of stunt doubles and how did that work, because that was brilliant?
KG: That was amazing fun actually and I’m not the best fighter in the world, I kind of looked like spaghetti [LAUGHTER] and Zoe was amazing and so she was just giving me all these pointers, and she was like if you turn your head like this and strangle like this, then you’re going to look really cool and I was like yeah. So it was great, I mean so it was great, I really enjoyed it, I did a version of all the stunts and then an amazing stunt double came in and made me look cooler and it was cool because it was emotional as well, it was physical and emotional this battle between the two sisters and it was just really interesting to me.
Q: You all play three strong female roles in the movie in your own different ways. What do you want let’s say children, because I have a seven year old who is a huge fan of the movie. What do you want little girls to take away from your female characters?
PK: 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.
About The Movie:
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.
***Disclosure: I attended the #GotGVol2Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***