Karen Gillan cried over Doctor Who role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 June 2014
Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan has confessed that she "started crying" and thanked God when she got the call offering her the part of Amy Pond in 'Doctor Who'

Karen Gillan cried when she was offered her role in 'Doctor Who'.

The 26-year-old actress played the eleventh doctor's (Matt Smith) companion Amy Pond in the BBC One sci-fi series from 2009 to 2013 and she's confessed that she couldn't hold back her tears when she was first offered the part.

Quizzed on her reaction to the news, she said: "Yeah, I did jump up and down. And I started crying too. I even screamed, 'Thank you', to the heavens! I've never done that before. I'm not even religious."

Although Karen was shocked to be chosen for the role, she admits there wasn't as much competition as she thought there would be for such a popular series.

She told The Daily Telegraph newspaper: "I thought they'd be really scary, the 'Doctor Who' auditions, like this huge search across the nation.

"But they only met about 10 or 15 girls. I just did one audition with the casting director, then I got a recall and had to read with Matt Smith, which was quite scary."

The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' actress - who is originally from Inverness in Scotland - has recently made the move to Los Angeles, California to pursue roles more suited to her than those up for grabs in Britain.

She explained: "I'm here because there's lots of opportunities career-wise. Parts here are amazing for girls my age. There are parts in the UK too, but they're mostly period dramas, and that's just not my immediate casting."

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