Ottawa Comiccon 2016 – Karen Gillan

We had the honor of seeing the lovely Karen Gillan at Ottawa Comiccon not once, but twice. In addition to the Doctor Who Special Event, held on Saturday night, she also had her own panel on Sunday morning and you know we weren’t going to miss it.

Of course you know Karen Gillan from Doctor Who, but she was there to talk about much more, including her roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, the upcoming GOTG 2, Selfie (which was canceled way too soon) & Oculus. She could have talked about paint drying and we still would have been there to hang on her every word.  She is always so cheerful, funny and a pleasure to listen to.

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Ottawa Comiccon doesn’t allow any recordings of their panels, but we were able to capture some great moments and quotes from Karen Gillan. Here are a few of the best:

  • One fan asked about what Karen liked to do in her downtime. “You know, I always have difficulty answering this, which worries me. I don’t have very many hobbies, because I am doing my hobby for a living, so that’s good. But, I quite like writing …. and also, I like to play the piano a bit.”
  • Karen also mentioned that she has written an independent film, that she is hoping to make later this year. She didn’t want to say too much about the project, but did offer up that it is “about the suicide rate in the Highlands of Scotland… so it’s a real comedy.”
  • Another fan asked if Karen would have had Amy killed off of Doctor Who in in other way, what would it have been? “Maybe, I like the idea that she jumped off of a building. That’s cool to me. That’s heroic & a big sacrifice…. You know what would be really funny – if she died in such a normal way, in the show, like she fell off of something in an awkward way. And it had nothing to do with any aliens or anything. That’s silly.”
  • The voice that Karen uses as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy was not her original approach to the character. After filming began, James Gunn came to her and suggested that she try to sound like Marilyn Monroe, and a new voice was born. Karen joked “It’s nice. It’s actually softer than my normal, shrill tones.”
  • The process to turn Karen into Nebula took five hours in the beginning (hair, makeup) but they have it down to a shorter time frame, including time to “get rid” of her hair in a bald cap. She said it probably takes about 4 hours now.

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