Game Of Thrones Star Gwendoline Christie Says Her Role In Wednesday Was ‘First Time’ She Felt ‘Beautiful On Screen’

Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie has said that her new role in Wednesday made her feel 'beautiful on screen' for the first time.
Credit: HBO

Gwendoline Christie has revealed that her role in Netflix’s Wednesday is the first time she’s ‘felt beautiful’ on screen. 

Christie, 44, is best known for portraying Brienne of Tarth in the HBO blockbuster series Game of Thrones between 2012 and 2019.

She also played the First Order stormtrooper, Captain Phasma, in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) films.

In 2019, for her role in Game of Thrones, Christie earned herself a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

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In both Game of Thrones and Star Wars, Christie played tough, giant and stoic characters – largely due to her unusual 6ft 3-inch stature, for which she was once bullied at school.

Now, though, the actress has been able to enjoy a different kind of role as Principal Larissa Weems in The Addams Family spinoff, Wednesday.

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And she noted in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that it’s the first time she has ‘felt beautiful on screen’.

Christie revealed that Tim Burton, who partially directs the series, asked her to create the Larissa Weems role and all of her characteristics.

Gwendoline Christie in Wednesday
Gwendoline Christie has said her role in Netflix’s Wednesday is the first time she’s ‘felt beautiful’ on screen. Credit: Netflix

She recalled: “He said, ‘You can do whatever you like with the character, feel free to make it whatever you want and we’ll keep talking about it’.”

Having had a huge influence on the role, Christie explained what her time as Weems has meant to her on a personal level.

She said: “It is the first time I’ve ever felt beautiful on screen.

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“I cannot express my extreme gratitude more heartily to Tim and [costume designer] Colleen [Atwood] and our hair and makeup team.

“Colleen Atwood is rightfully a legend, and what she does is close to witchcraft in terms of transformation.”

In the first series of Wednesday, which premiered last week, Weems is a strict and protective principal.

Gwendoline Christie in Wednesday.
Gwendoline Christie’s character in Wednesday is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s films. Credit: HBO

It’s also revealed that she’s a ‘shifter’ – someone who can take the form of anyone or anything.

This, Christie says, was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock movies.

Christie explained: What kept coming to me was this idea of this Hitchcock-style heroine, this screen siren, that maybe that young woman would look to our mystic portal, the cinema, to be an incarnation of her fantasies.”

She added that fortunately, Burton and Atwood ‘had exactly the same idea’ when it came to her character.

Wednesday is now available to stream in full on Netflix.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.