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011 Karen Gillan on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Karen Gillan

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Fear-Less vs Fear-Ful

At age 16, Karen decided she wanted to pursue her acting career further and studied under the renowned theatre director Scott Johnston at the Performing Arts Studio Scotland. She later attended the prestigious Italia Conti Academy in London. During her first year, she landed a role on Rebus(2000) and soon appeared in a variety of programs including Channel 4’s Stacked (2008) and The Kevin Bishop Show (2008), as well as a two-year stint on the long-running series Doctor Who (2005). Karen also starred in the film Outcast (2010), starring James Nesbitt. She also starred as Eliza Dooley on the situation comedy Selfie(2014).

She can currently be seen in Netflix’s big summer action movie, GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE. Karen plays a badass female assassin who, when a job goes wrong, must choose between serving the ruthless crime syndicate she works for and saving the life of an 8-year old girl. Angela Bassett, Lena Headey and Michelle Yeoh co-star as a cohort of assassins she teams up with to take down the army of men coming to take everything from them.

Upcoming she will reprise her role as ‘Nebula’ in Taika Waititi’s THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, which is slated for release on May 6, 2022, as well as James Gunn’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 opposite Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper, which will be released in 2023. She recently wrapped production on Judd Apatow’s THE BUBBLE for Netflix opposite Pedro Pascal, Fred Armisen and Maria Bakalova. Karen is also set to star opposite Awkwafina in Amazon’s action-comedy SHELLY as well as opposite Aaron Paul in the sci-fi thriller DUAL.



“I kept writing to an agent when I was 15, I pestered him, he said he took me on because of my sheer perseverance.”

“I wish I could learn something from the younger me, more so than the other way around. “Younger me was fear-LESS, and now I am fear-FUL”

“If I can’t take the normal router, how do I take a weird angle, just get crazy”


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