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Go behind the scenes to discover how the most terrifying Star Wars villains were brought to the screen in a new collection of in-depth interviews.
Gwendoline Christie: I walked onto set in the costume. It was a dream come true! I was greeted by such a warm group of people that had been working together for months on this really thrilling project. J.J. [Abrams] and I went through the scene. My heart was racing. I was so overexcited. But nothing prepared me for when I saw the entire set behind me, lit up, and full of characters I recognized from the Star Wars films that I was shown as a little girl.
While Captain Phasma’s chromium armor was clearly a type of stormtrooper costume, it had a style all of its own.
Gwendoline Christie: The costume was absolutely sensational. It was restrictive, but I think it gives us an insight into Captain Phasma. This is a woman who is wearing armor, but her femininity is still displayed. She doesn’t try to hide it; it only empowers her further.
The costume took around 45 minutes to put on. It certainly made me stand up straight. I had a really fantastic pair of boots underneath it all, which I think gives the foundation of Captain Phasma. They were incredibly well-made and very hard-wearing — sensible but stylish.
When I was a teenager, I used to do a lot of Lecoq mime and physical theatre work, and I also did it at my drama school, Drama Centre London. We had a fantastic movement teacher who, with the use of masks, would release the actor. So, I feel as if I can get away with a lot more than when my own dear face is exposed….