30 Unique Facts About Karen Gillan - Nebula We Bet You Have Never Heard Before


Karen Gillan, who first gained world-wide recognition for portraying the companion to the Eleventh Doctor in "Doctor Who," is now all set to reprise her role as Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the most awaited movie of the year 2019 - "Avengers: Endgame." Here are some really fascinating things to know about the Scottish actress:

  1.  She is part of the youngest pairing of the Doctor and companion in the history of the "Doctor Who" series, when she portrayed Amy Pond in the year 2009. The Eleventh Doctor - Matt Smith was just 26, while she was just 21, making the combined age younger than that of Jon Pertwee, when he was playing the Time Lord in the 1970s.
  2.  She was voted as the Best Actress by readers of "Doctor Who" magazine for her stint on the 2010 season of "Doctor Who," and was also named as the "The New Sophie Aldred."
  3.  During the audition for the role of Amy Pond, the Doctor's assistant/companion, she had reportedly used the code word "Panic Moon" which is an anagram of "Companion."
  4.  However, even before being cast as the companion, she had a guest role as a soothsayer in the episode, "Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii" in the year 2008.
  5.  Her cousin Caitlin Blackwood played the younger version of her character Amy Pond, in "The Eleventh Hour" - sixth series in the year 2011. Gillan left the series after playing first five episodes of the seventh series in the year 2012.
  6.  Her favorite scene from her movie "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," is the dance fighting sequence, as she felt, the entire crew has created something quite specific and unique, and that she felt really strong.
  7.  It was reported that the Daleks on the series, had to be specifically redesigned to match her height, as she was taller than Billie Pier, who was the first companion by half a foot.
  8.  It was announced in the year 2018 that she along with Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Nick Jonas will return to the sequel "Jumanji 2," which is scheduled to be released in the year 2019.
  9.  She considered her character Martha or Ruby Roundhouse look and outfit in the "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" movie to be a lot of fun, highlighting the familiar trope of the way women were portrayed in the 90s video games.
  10.  The said outfit created a lot of controversy when the trailers were released. Gillan admitted that the costume was too sexual, but that was the point, and that she would not have done it, if there was no point attached to it.
  11.  Before it was announced that she would take up the role of Nebula in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie, it was rumored that she would be playing a sword-wielding bounty hunter called Angela from the "Guardians of the Galaxy" comic book.
  12.  In preparation for her role as Nebula in the first film "Guardians of the Galaxy," she shaved her head completely bald, and the make-up took over five hours long.
  13.  However, after many rumors, she reprised her role in the "Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2" as Nebula without shaving her head, and the make-up also reportedly took only 2-1/2 hours to apply.
  14.  In the 2013 movie "Not Another Happy Ending," she appeared for the first time fully nude on-screen, and admitted in an interview that she was really nervous while filming the nude scene.
  15.  It was reported that director Mike Flanagan wrote the script of the 2013 movie "Oculus," having her in mind for the role of Kaylie, as he was a very big fan of her performance in the "Doctor Who" series.
  16.  Following her return from New Zealand after attending Armageddon Expo in Wellington in July 2015, she started filming the scenes of her character Ellen in the 2016 movie "In a Valley of Violence."
  17.  The scene from 2017 movie "The Circle" in which her character of Annie video calls Mae was actually shot by Gillan's crew during the filming her feature film "The Party's Just Beginning" in Scotland.
  18.  Being a Scottish actress, throughout the movie of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," she managed to fake an American accent, for her character of Martha/Ruby Roundhouse.
  19.  During the filming of the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," she had just started working on the script for her movie "The Party's Just Beginning," and that it was the most fun ever she had.
  20.  Just as she had wrapped up the production of her movie "The Party's Just Beginning," she had to fly back to America to begin filming her character - Nebula's scenes in the MCU movie "Avengers: Infinity War."
  21.  She has always been known for being artistic in her performances, doing anything with no qualms, as indicated by her work in "The Kevin Bishop Show," though she had admitted of being nervous while doing certain scenes.
  22.  Following her character of Martha/Ruby Roundhouse, she has listed five tips on surviving the jungle - to be fit, wear appropriate clothing, learn to start a fire, learn to fish, and learn to build tiny huts out of leaves.
  23.  She became a huge fan of the situation comedy "Community," after her flat mate told her about their "Doctor Who" parody, "Inspector Spacetime," and has since been following the show.
  24.  Around three years after the film's release, she, in an interview, admitted that she would like to join the cinematic DC comic book as the female incarnation of The Joker, on August 14, 2017.
  25.  In preparation for her role as Jane Lockhart, she said that she watched Annie Hall as part of her research, and even the clothes she wore were similar to those worn by Diane Keaton as Annie Hall.
  26.  The 2018 movie "The Party's Just Beginning" was her first feature-length film, but the short film "Coward" which made its European debut at the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival, was her directorial debut.
  27.  Karen Sheila Gillan was born on November 28, 1987, to Raymond Gillan and Marie Gillan in Inverness, in Scottish Highlands. Her family moved to Edinburgh when she was 16 years old, where she attended the HNC Acting and Performance course at Telford College. She then studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts drama school in London at the age of 18.
  28.  Her first theater appearance was in the role of Shirley in John Osborne's play "Inadmissible Evidence" along with Douglas Hodge, which debuted at the Donmar Warehouse on 16 October 2011.
  29.  She is known to have supported the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC), as well as the opening of Squirrel Ward in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London in the year 2011.
  30.  She reportedly visited the Mikeysline crisis support centre in her hometown of Inverness, following the presentation of her film "The Party's Just Beginning," which is about the high suicide rate in the Scottish Highlands. During the visit, she pledged publicly to support the mental health charity.
  31.  Karen Gillan Net Worth: $2 Million

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