We’re right there with you, Ms. Christie.
Most know her as the endearing yet powerful, strong yet sensitive knight Brienne of Tarth from the acclaimed HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones, but English actress Gwendoline Christie has made an equally impactful splash in George Lucas’ hallowed Star Wars franchise, making her debut as the badass Captain Phasma in 2015’s The Force Awakens. We couldn’t be more excited to see her back again for director Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi — and neither could she, as Christie is a total Star Wars fanatic just like all of us.
The starlet reminisced on her early memories of the space-faring film series in an interview with Maude Garrett, candidly discussing her adoration for Star Wars and its characters and comparing that emotion to how she feels now that she’s actually in the movies.
“I was a fan [of Star Wars] from the age of six. That’s when I first saw my first Star Wars movie,” Christie began before speaking about how Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) opened her mind and surprised her. “I think it was about… there was something about this group of misfits. All the characters were so definite and so different, and so different from anything I knew.”
She also touched on the striking juxtaposition of the mechanical look of C-3PO and R2-D2 against the natural, earthly backdrop of the deserts of Tatooine seen in A New Hope. “The idea of those two robots in the desert, the droids in the desert. That, I don’t know, made my mind sort of explode,” said Christie. “I couldn’t understand what it was, but it was so captivating.”
As for how her childhood love has translated into her adult career toplining the new Star Wars trilogy, Christie said that “you never, ever, ever expect to end up being lucky enough to be in a Star Wars film.” She added, “I couldn’t be happier about it, really.”
The feeling is definitely mutual.
Joining Christie in the forthcoming film are Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and Benicio del Toro as “DJ.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is only a few days away, hitting cinemas on December 15.