Nebula is joined by newest Marvel super women Mantis & Ayesha in this exclusive Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff & Elizabeth Debicki Guardians 2 Interview. This post is sponsored by Disney. All super opinions are my own
Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff & Elizabeth Debicki Guardians 2 Interview | Makeup, Clothes, & Antennae?
Interview photos courtesy of Louise Bishop of MomStart.com
28 women in one room, you do the math. It’s obvious that girl talk was bound to happen when we’re surrounded by three of the amazing ladies from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Join me for an exclusive Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, & Elizabeth Debicki Guardians 2 Interview that’s all about the makeup, clothes, and insider info on Nebula, Mantis and Ayesha in the latest Guardians sequel. How are these super women impacting the Marvel universe?
Getting Under Nebula’s Skin
Karen and Nebula are stuck like glue. Literally.
[Makeup] takes about four hours in the morning. Essentially, I have the character’s skin glued to my face, which is really as close as I could possibly get to her. It’s pretty cool. And it’s kind of intense and slightly claustrophobic. It’s definitely become like part of my ritual, in terms of like getting into character. One time I did a rehearsal without the makeup and I did not feel like her at all. It’s become a vital part of the process for me.
Pom Klementieff’s transformation process into Mantis definitely left us “bug-eyed!”
[My makeup] is like beauty makeup in a way. I need two hours to get completely ready, hair makeup and clothes. I wear a prosthetics on my forehead. It’s just the beginning of the antennas, and then with CGI they make it much bigger. The antennas, I kind of forget about them and people are like, “oh you have something weird on your forehead.” I wear contact lenses in my eyes, really big ones that cover my whole eye. It’s like there’s no white in my eye almost. I feel kind of claustrophobic. I have tunnel vision, so it makes me feel like in my own world, which is kind of good for the character too.
The Ayesha Taco
This is the best story ever. The way Elizabeth Debicki describes wearing her dress is one of the most phenomenal quotes of these Guardians interviews.
I think I’ve got it the easiest because I just sort of sit there and someone paints me. It’s kind of sticky and cold but I love it. The first day I thought it was a bit overwhelming, the whole paint situation. And then I came to set and I said hi to Zoe. I said “What time did you come to work?” and she said “three AM.” And I had a very civil call of like six AM. I thought I am never ever complaining about makeup ever again. I think it’s about an hour and a half and then with the wig cap as well.
For me, the most time consuming and hectic part of Ayesha is the costume. That gold dress is almost entirely metal. It weighs so much. It takes about three women to put on. We used to call it the Ayesha Taco because the whole bottom of the dress is like a great big circular metal thing. They would fold it up like a taco and then I would walk up the stairs. And wherever I get placed, that’s where I am for the day. Someone said, “what does it feel like?” It feels like a small child is hanging onto my back. The bustle is so huge. But it informs who you are and how you feel. 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.
Loving the Bad Guy?
We have a tendency to love to hate the bad guys. Nebula is no exception. She’s got a bone to pick with her sister, Gamora. But Guardians 2 opens the door to Nebula’s past – making the audience realize that maybe we were cheering for the wrong side.
In the first movie we saw her and she was this sort of evil super villain watching from the sidelines a little bit. But in this movie we really understand why. And for me like it’s my job as an actor to sort of be her lawyer and explain to everyone like why she is justified in doing these things. 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.
Empowering Life Lessons from Marvel’s Super Women
These ladies realize that their super roles are leaving super impressions on little girls of today. They have these important messages for the future Marvel fans.
From Mantis: It’s okay to be imperfect and not be like any everyone else. Be weird sometimes, that’s what makes you interesting.
From Ayesha: What I like about [Ayesha] is that she isn’t perfect. She’s actually quite fallible even though the irony is they’re genetically modified to be perfect. Look at Ayesha and then decide to be compassionate.
Catch up on Everything Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Love everything Guardians of the Galaxy? Catch up on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Red Carpet Experience & Press Event:
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review | Safe for Kids?
- Walking the Purple Carpet of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Premiere + Photos
- Chris Pratt Interview | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Zoe Saldana Interview | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Dave Bautista Interview | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
And check out our exclusive on-set interviews earlier this year – in COSTUME!
- 50 Things I Learned On Set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Chris Pratt Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Zoe Saldana Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Dave Bautista Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Michael Rooker Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Karen Gillan Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kurt Russell Interview
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 James Gunn Interview
Mantis and Ayesha join Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in theaters May 5, 2017. Will you watching these super women on the big screen?
I was invited to attend an all-inclusive press trip for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in exchange for this posting. All Marvel-loving opinions are my own. Be sure to follow Raising Whasians for more of your of the latest Disney movie updates!