Karen Gillan mistaken for a man after Galaxy haircut

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 April 2017
Karen at the Vol. 2 premiere

Karen Gillan at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' star Karen Gillan was mistaken for a man on multiple occasions after shaving her hair for the first installment of the Marvel franchise

Karen Gillan got mistaken for a man after shaving off her hair for the first 'Guardians of the Galaxy' film.

The 29-year-old actress stars as blue-skinned alien Nebula in the Marvel franchise and had to shear all of her long, flame-coloured locks off for the 2014 film, something she was prepared to do to land the role.

Karen was ready to take the clippers to her hair once again for the sequel but director James Gunn and the crew told her she only needed to lose some strands from the back of her head this time, something she was very grateful for as she didn't want to be called "sir" again.

The former 'Doctor Who' star said: "I just shave the back section of my hair this time. But having no hair was an amazing experience. I'm glad I did it. People did keep calling me sir, though. One time I was laying on a hotel room bed in the dark during the day. A man came in to do the turndown service and said, 'Oh I'm sorry, sir.' I was tired and didn't want to have to explain that I as a woman so I just put on this deep voice and went, 'No problem.' It was one of the weirdest moments in my life."

Revealing it takes her four hours in makeup to become Nebula, she added: "I find blue bits in my ears a week later. It takes about four hours to get ready each morning. Going to the bathroom on set is a whole thing."

Karen has a bigger role in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' with fans getting to learn a lot more about Nebula's complicated relationship with her sister Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and her adoptive supervillain father, mutant eternal Thanos, something she is very grateful for.

The Scottish beauty said: "I was over the moon to read the script and find I had all this stuff to do. Nebula is bitter and twisted. Her backstory isn't just hinted at, we really get into it in the new film."

Karen was in London on Monday night (24.04.17) to attend the European premiere of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'.

She was joined on the special blue carpet by her co-stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Kurt Russell and Saldana and director James Gunn.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 17min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Written by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Kurt Russell
  • UK release: 28 April 2017

The gang are back, with a rollicking plot involving stolen batteries and Ego (Russell) who may or may not be the long-lost dad of Peter Quill (Pratt). It’s very CGI-heavy, sometimes tiringly so, but the humour still charms and the finale picks it up after a sluggish second act.

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