NERD GIRL ICON
The Scottish actress has become something of a "nerd girl" icon, thanks to popular British sci-fi series Doctor Who. Gillan played Amy Pond, companion to the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) for three seasons.
Her geeky fanbase is bound to expand thanks to her latest sci-fi involvement -playing the villain Nebula in Guardians Of The Galaxy.
GOING TO THE DARK SIDE
It may be disconcerting for Doctor Who fans to see Gillan as the fearsome and very blue Nebula. Her look and character is drastically different from Pond.
"I'd never played a bad guy before, and this character was particularly fun because she's completely sadistic," she told Vulture website.
She caused a ruckus earlier this year when she suggested her trademark flaming hair, which was shaved off for Guardians, would be made into a wig for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
Gillan recently clarified at a Guardian's press event that her hair was made into a wig as a keepsake by "the Star Wars people, but it's not going to be in Star Wars".
Gillan's Nebula has a pivotal fight scene with Gamora (Zoe Saldana), her stepsister with whom she has a bitter sibling rivalry.
"That scene was integral for Nebula because it's not just a physical battle," Gillan told Screen Rant. "Their relationship goes very deep, and there's a huge history between them.
"I had to train for a long time to be able to get to that point because we had to be able to do the entire fight ourselves... It was really intense."
MY FAIR LADY
Gillan is getting some reprieve from the physical training before doing the Guardians sequel. She is returning to the small screen in an upcoming US sitcom called Selfie, co-starring Star Trek's John Cho.
Loosely based on My Fair Lady, Gillan plays Eliza Dooley, a woman obsessed with becoming famous through social media.
November 28, 1987, Scotland
Doctor Who (2010-2013), Not Another Happy Ending (2013), Oculus (2014), Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
This article was first published on Aug 6, 2014.
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