Gwendoline Christie says playing 'Wednesday' character was the first time she felt 'beautiful on screen'

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By James Kay

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Gwendoline Christie has said that playing principal Larissa Weems in the new Netflix series Wednesday is the first time she has felt beautiful on screen.

The new series was released on Netflix on November 23 and follows Wednesday Addams along with the other much-loved members of the Addams Family.

The Netflix synopsis reads: "Smart, sarcastic, and a little dead inside, Wednesday Addams investigates a murder spree while making new friends — and foes — at Nevermore Academy."

Christie - who starred as Brienne of Tarth in Game Of Thrones - plays the principal of Nevermore Academy, and has recently opened up about how the freedom of the role has made her feel "beautiful" on screen for the first time.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the British actress revealed she was walking through a field when she got a text message from director Tim Burton, saying he wanted to meet to discuss the role, and would give her freedom in creating the character.

Christie, 44, explained the creative process behind the character: "This idea kept coming to me of Larissa Weems being someone who was an outcast, who went to a school for outcasts, that was always second best and was always in Morticia's shadow. What kept coming to me was this idea of this Hitchcock-style heroin, this screen siren."

"It was an opportunity to create that and to inhabit that sort of impenetrable, imperious character with that classic idea of femininity," she added. "It is the first time I've ever felt beautiful on screen."

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The cast of Wednesday. Credit: Image Press Agency / Alamy

The Hunger Games actress went on to give credit to the costume and make-up teams who helped develop the look. She described costume designer Colleen Atwood as "supremely talented" and said: "The way [Atwood] made me feel was my body felt celebrated and beautiful. Never once did I feel like there was something to hide or something to be ashamed of."

Christie went on to explain that she watched a lot of Alfred Hitchcock films in order to prepare for the role. She believes women in those movies hold themselves with elegance and grace and she wanted to capture the "balletic stance" of the actresses in the classic movies.

Wednesday is available on Netflix and at the time of writing has a score of 69% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Featured image credit: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy

Gwendoline Christie says playing 'Wednesday' character was the first time she felt 'beautiful on screen'

vt-author-image

By James Kay

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Gwendoline Christie has said that playing principal Larissa Weems in the new Netflix series Wednesday is the first time she has felt beautiful on screen.

The new series was released on Netflix on November 23 and follows Wednesday Addams along with the other much-loved members of the Addams Family.

The Netflix synopsis reads: "Smart, sarcastic, and a little dead inside, Wednesday Addams investigates a murder spree while making new friends — and foes — at Nevermore Academy."

Christie - who starred as Brienne of Tarth in Game Of Thrones - plays the principal of Nevermore Academy, and has recently opened up about how the freedom of the role has made her feel "beautiful" on screen for the first time.

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Credit: Everett Collection / Alamy

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the British actress revealed she was walking through a field when she got a text message from director Tim Burton, saying he wanted to meet to discuss the role, and would give her freedom in creating the character.

Christie, 44, explained the creative process behind the character: "This idea kept coming to me of Larissa Weems being someone who was an outcast, who went to a school for outcasts, that was always second best and was always in Morticia's shadow. What kept coming to me was this idea of this Hitchcock-style heroin, this screen siren."

"It was an opportunity to create that and to inhabit that sort of impenetrable, imperious character with that classic idea of femininity," she added. "It is the first time I've ever felt beautiful on screen."

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The cast of Wednesday. Credit: Image Press Agency / Alamy

The Hunger Games actress went on to give credit to the costume and make-up teams who helped develop the look. She described costume designer Colleen Atwood as "supremely talented" and said: "The way [Atwood] made me feel was my body felt celebrated and beautiful. Never once did I feel like there was something to hide or something to be ashamed of."

Christie went on to explain that she watched a lot of Alfred Hitchcock films in order to prepare for the role. She believes women in those movies hold themselves with elegance and grace and she wanted to capture the "balletic stance" of the actresses in the classic movies.

Wednesday is available on Netflix and at the time of writing has a score of 69% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Featured image credit: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy