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Karen Gillan revealed to Business Insider the ways she’s keeping her career fresh following the success of “Avengers: Endgame.”
Known best for playing Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she said she likes to mix in some indie films, too.
Her latest, the gritty “All Creatures Here Below,” opens in limited release May 17.
She also is a director, having recently made her feature debut, “The Party’s Just Beginning,” and may be directing a horror feature next.
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Most multiplexes in the country currently feature a blue-skinned Karen Gillan sporting a deep sinister voice to play villain-turned-hero Nebula in Marvel’s box office sensation, “Avengers: Endgame.” But in the coming weeks, if you come across the right arthouse, you’ll get a glimpse of why this in-demand actress is going by a different playbook than many of her contemporaries in Hollywood.

In the indie “All Creatures Here Below” (in theaters May 17), Gillan stars alongside David Dastmalchian (Kurt from the “Ant-Man” movies), who also wrote the screenplay. They play a couple who find themselves on the run from the law after making unwise choices. The movie explores issues like poverty, depression, and adults living with the scars of childhood abuse. These are real-world issues that you won’t find in an MCU movie or the other franchise Gillan is known for, “Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle.” But for the actress, being in a dark, low-budget movie like this is important to take on.

“I had just finished ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ when I shot it,” Gillian told Business Insider over the phone, a day after wrapping shooting on the sequel to “Jumanji.” “I was going from this giant juggernaut to a movie where I didn’t even know if we were going to have a trailer, and it’s nice to do that. You strip away all the perks and you’re left with the thing you love doing.”

It’s a theme that can be found throughout Gillan’s ascent to stardom after joining the MCU — the “one for them, one for me” model that keeps actors living comfortably (doing studio movies) but also feeding them creatively (character-focused projects for low pay). The difference between the countless others who have done that and Gillan is she caught onto it earlier in her career than most.

Perhaps it was being on the wildly popular “Dr. Who” for five years (where she played Amy Pond), or starring in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie in her mid-20s, but Gillan, 31, has been driven to show her range in a variety of roles instead of jumping from one blockbuster to the next. Whether it’s being a scene stealer as the ruthless Ellen in Ti West’s “In a Valley of Violence,” or the troubled Liusaidh in “The Party’s Just Beginning” (which was also her feature directing debut), Gillan has not played it safe and has shown an affinity for dark roles.

“It’s something that grabs me,” Gillan said of playing characters with flaws. “When I’m not acting, one of …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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Director of dark indies, lover of American accents, and fan of psychology essays: Karen Gillan is much more than Nebula from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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