Gwendoline Christie Was Told TV Would Be Hard Because of Height

Gwendoline Christie.
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Embracing her distinctive aspect. Gwendoline Christie is a significant star now, however some naysayers as soon as doubted that she’d ever make it in movie and TV.

“I’d been informed, simply just because I used to be a tall girl with considerably uncommon seems, that I might most likely by no means work on display,” the Wednesday star, 44, recalled in a Vogue video revealed on Thursday, January 26. Her “big breakthrough,” she added, got here when she landed the function of Brienne of Tarth on Sport of Thrones.

“This half had been lovingly crafted by George R.R. Martin,” the U.Ok. native defined, referring to the writer of the Music of Ice and Fireplace books on which the sequence was based mostly. “I needed to take my hair away. I needed to acknowledge my top, my power, my dimension, my androgyny and in addition my vulnerability.”

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Gwendoline Christie.

After the present wrapped, nonetheless, Christie was nonetheless “very involved” about “being cast-able” for components in films and tv. “I used to be involved that possibly I wasn’t being thought of for roles as a result of I used to be simply too unconventional and possibly I ought to make extra effort to slot in,” the Prime of the Lake alum stated. “After which I assumed, ‘No, I’m not going to make any effort to slot in. I’m gonna work actually exhausting and do my finest to be good at my job. I’m gonna honor who I’m and each single freakish factor about me.’”

A technique she did that was by collaborating in designer Tomo Koizumi‘s February 2019 vogue present, closing the presentation in an extravagant robe coated in layers and layers of rainbow tulle. “I didn’t make it simple for myself,” Christie quipped of the outfit, which she accessorized with towering heels.

Final yr, the Flux Gourmand actress revealed that her function on Wednesday was “the primary time” she’d ever felt “stunning” on display. Christie performs Larissa Weems, the principal of Nevermore Academy.

“I can not specific my excessive gratitude extra heartily to [director] Tim [Burton] and [costume designer] Colleen [Atwood] and our hair and make-up staff,” the Sandman alum informed Leisure Weekly in November 2022. “Colleen Atwood is rightfully a legend, and what she does is near witchcraft when it comes to transformation. It’s an honor of my life to work with Colleen and to work with Tim.”

The In Cloth star went on to say that Atwood, 74, took particular care to ensure Larissa’s costumes match nicely on Christie’s physique — and requested for the star’s suggestions as nicely.

“She is in a position to have a look at your physique and emphasize totally different parts, emphasize your sturdy factors,” Christie defined. “The way in which she made me really feel was my physique felt celebrated and delightful. By no means as soon as did I really feel like there was one thing to cover or one thing to be ashamed of. She made me really feel unimaginable. She was additionally enormously collaborative and wished to know what I assumed, which I used to be fairly nervous initially to indicate her any references, however she welcomed them and he or she liked them.”