Meet the Women of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – Nebula, Mantis and Ayesha #GotGVol2Event

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One thing the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 truly delivers is the perfect mix of family, laughter and a strong dynamic of characters. These three women are nothing short of amazing in their respective roles in this movie. The next interview we had was with Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis) and Elizabeth Debicki (Ayesha).We noted that all three ladies have very elaborate makeup in the movie. We asked them to give us more information on the application process, including how long and what surprised them most.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..Nebula (Karen Gillan)..Ph: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2017

Karen Gillan: 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.  It’s kind of intense and slightly claustrophobic.  It’s definitely become like part of my ritual, in terms of like getting into character.  Like one time I did a rehearsal without the makeup and I did not feel like her (Nebula) at all, so it’s sort of become like a vital part of the process for me which is kind of cool.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Drax (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Pom Klementieff: For me it’s much easier because it’s my skin tones, so it’s like a beauty makeup in a way.  So 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 the makeup artists are so talented. I mean like yours like won an Oscar (noting to Karen Gillan as Nebula). Mine are amazing too. 

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Elizabeth Debicki:  I think I’ve got it the easiest because I just sort of sit there and someone paints me 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.  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 3 AM.  I had a very civil call of like 6 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, I 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’s sort of- it takes about three women to (carry it). We used to call it the ‘Ayesha Taco’ because the whole bottom of the dress is like a great big circular metal thing and they would fold it up like a taco and then I would walk up the stairs. 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.  But [INAUDIBLE] the 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.

As a dedicated, loyal fan of all things Marvel, we know that it is truly amazing to be apart of any aspect of the Marvel family. We asked the ladies how they felt about joining this sensational fan base, and more particularly, Karen as this is her second Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Karen Gillan: 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 care about all the decisions you make and you just feel like really special for a second.

In the first movie, we saw her (Nebula) and she was this sort of evil super-villain watching from the sidelines a little bit, but in this movie we really understand why.  For me like it’s my job, as an actor, to sort of be her lawyer and explain to everyone why she is justified in doing these things and I think we achieve that in the movie. It was just so important to me to give her those layers, because it’s not really interesting to just have a bad guy for no reason.

Mantis has a supporting role in which she is around Drax the Destroyer quite a bit. We asked her what it was it like being insulted by him so much. 

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

It was really funny but I had to not laugh, but just laughing inside. No, it’s fun.  She (Mantis) is innocent. She’s like a child, so whatever he tells her she’s like ‘Okay, if you say so.’

There is not doubt, you will find that all three of these ladies play strong, dynamic roles in this movie. We asked them what they would like young girls to take away from their characters.

Pom Klementieff: That it’s okay to be imperfect and to not be like everyone else. Be just maybe weird sometimes and it’s you.  That’s what makes you interesting.

Elizabeth Debicki: Well for Ayesha, (she chuckles as she answers), don’t be like Ayesha. Someone said on the carpet, ‘What similarities are between you and Ayesha”, I’m like ‘None, I really hope none.’

I think the thing about Ayesha is she is very justified in what she’s doing.  I mean (Rocket the Raccoon), he steals from her and she’s going to get what she wants back.  I think she’s very strong.  I suppose her moral compass is slightly askew and she’s slightly merciless.  But I think, maybe her strength and also that I suppose what I like about her is that she isn’t perfect, she’s actually quite fallible.  Even though I mean the irony is they’re genetically modified to be perfect and she’s extremely imperfect, so I guess the same thing, in a way.  I would say you could look at Ayesha and then decide to be compassionate.

Karen Gillan: For me, in your character (speaking to Elizabeth), I like seeing a woman in a leadership position. A woman can be the boss absolutely.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017The last question was for Karen Gillan, as Nebula. We asked what she hopes for her character in Volume 3. Would she find Thanos? Would she join the a-holes and become a Guardian herself? Would she connect more with Gamora?

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..Nebula (Karen Gillan)..Ph: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2017

Okay I feel like she has one clear agenda, which is to kill Thanos.  I really hope that she is the one that gets to do that, so I’m crossing my fingers for that. That would be like therapeutic,  That would be cool.

I’d like to see her relationship with Gamora maybe get a little healthier; however, not so healthy that they don’t still try to kill each other because that’s so much fun. I want her to be bad, but like a little bit good.

Talking with all three ladies was so amazing and fun. They mesh so well together and you can tell they adore their respective roles in the movie. I too cannot wait to see what Volume 3 brings.

Here is the extended trailer to get you as excited as I am for the movie release on May 5!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell.

Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.

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  1. Maryann D. says:

    These actresses seem terrific. It must be a lot of fun to be these characters in a this super movie.

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