Gwendoline Christie Talks Star Wars’ Captain Phasma And Has A Little Something To Say About Episode VIII

Gwendoline Christie made her mark as the insanely compelling and subversive Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones, and her small but-eagerly-anticipated role as Captain Phasma in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens was equally exceptional. The two characters are defined by their commanding on-screen presence (Christie is 6’2!) and their authoritative roles—Christie is a bit of a departure from the traditional action movie chick, and that seems to be a major part of her appeal.

“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity to play a female character where we formed an opinion of her based on her actions rather than the way she has been made flesh,” Christie told Entertainment Weekly. “And that concept within a Star Wars movie, a mainstream phenomenon, was very modern and interesting and exciting.”

It’s a point that’s hard to deny. There are a ton of fierce and powerful women in movies, TV, and gaming, but it’s rare to see a female character that is portrayed quite as powerfully, authoritatively, and downright terrifyingly. If you see Captain Phasma marching in your direction, you’re probably going to hightail it out of there without second thought.


“I made no secret of the fact I wanted to be in the film, I campaigned hard to be in the film. But to be in it as that kind of character–she’s a woman, she’s in armour, the armour isn’t sexualized, and in the film we don’t see the actor’s face–I thought that was an exciting, modern concept.”

When asked if she can give us a tease about the upcoming top-secret Episode VIII? “I don’t think anyone’s going to be disappointed.” What a Captain Phasma thing to say.