What Karen Gillan Told Us On Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Set

Thanos with Infinity Gauntlet

Does Nebula still get to be funny? Does she get some of that humor?

Karen Gillan: I mean I think she's hilarious. One of the funniest characters. I mean, but what's so funny about her is that she takes herself so seriously. Which is always funny when someone does that.

I'm curious, whenever we come and do one of these things, we're always trying to get information from you guys about what's coming next and what's the next movie and if anyone's in it and stuff like that. How much do you guys know? Do they tell you stuff in advance?

Karen Gillan: No.

Or are you sort of getting it page by page as well?

Karen Gillan: Yeah, I mean I didn't know the next one was the Infinity Wars until like everybody knew about that and I was like, "Whoa." Which is really cool, because I've read that whole thing. The Infinity Gauntlet. But yeah, we don't really get to know that much in advance. You get little rumors that sort of waft around the set every so often, you're like, "Oh is it true." But you just never know for sure until you've gotten a script.

So it's just the same as at home.

Karen Gillan: We are in the same boat and the script is so secretive. They like deliver it to your house by hand, like there's no emails. And then you sit there and you read it, and it's all you know. It's pretty cool actually.

How much does the script change from the point that you read it at home to actually filming?

Karen Gillan: Not that much actually. But one good thing about James is that he does rehearsals with all of us. Like quite a lot of rehearsals. And then changes the script and sort of tweaks the dialogue around us, and that's really nice as actor, to have that input.

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How do you think this movie is going to surprise fans who loved the first one?

Karen Gillan: It's going to be so much funnier. It's got an even better soundtrack, if that's possible and we're going to learn so much more about these characters and we're going to care about them even more. I mean the last film was establishing everything so now we have this opportunity to really play around with it all and have fun with it.

So, acknowledging that you don't know anything.

Karen Gillan: Yeah. I know nothing.

In the hypothetical world, where you do show up in an Avengers movie, who is the Marvel character that you would be most excited to see Nebula bounce off of? Sort of a dream.

Karen Gillan: Oh, if I were to be in an Avengers movie.

If it were to happen, what would your dream Nebula versus who? Who's most interesting to you?

Karen Gillan: I want to say Thanos. If he's there. I'm sure that he would be. I don't know.

He's definitely.

Karen Gillan: See! You know more than me. It's my dad. What the hell?

Just because that would be explosive because they have so much history and a lot to sort out, so that would be really cool. But in terms of the actual Avengers, maybe she could hang around with the Hulk for a little while.

They have anger issues in common.

Karen Gillan: Well this is it, yeah. Like you wouldn't like Nebula when she was angry.

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What do you think of the new baby Groot?

Karen Gillan: It is the cutest thing ever. And it's really hard because Nebula doesn't find it cute at all. Well of course she doesn't, but I do. So it's real challenge for me.

Kevin told us that the Guardians having beaten Ronan are a little cockier this time around. A little rock and roll.

Karen Gillan: The Guardians?

Yeah, they have a little more swagger. Do you think that's them writing themselves, this is James and the gang?

Karen Gillan: Like there's more swagger to them?

Yeah because you guys just ... right. The Guardians-

Karen Gillan: The character or the actors?

The characters.

Karen Gillan: Oh yeah, I would say so.

You've got a little more swagger. I'm wondering if the crew's got a little more swagger too.

Karen Gillan: I think everybody's got a little more swagger.


Karen Gillan: I don't even know how to use that word properly. Swagger's like this. Like, "I've got this." Yeah, I think everybody's got that. Not to be mistaken with swag, which is something else, or no?

Swag, is yeah.

Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Swag is derivative of swagger.

Karen Gillan: Okay.

We're going to use the actual Urban Dictionary entomology of swagger.

You've got swag.

Karen Gillan: Okay, okay. Yeah. I think Nebula's got some swag. And that's the quote you'll use.

What Nebula merch would you want to see?

Karen Gillan: Merchandise?


Karen Gillan: I don't know, but those little bobbleheads are so funny. Because they look cute.


Karen Gillan: I'm like, "This character is not cute." I would like to see a life size blow up doll of Nebula.

Wow. That's too swag.

How about the arm?

Karen Gillan: Oh yeah. It's going to be even cooler. These are for CGI.


Karen Gillan: For visual effects. So it's going to be cool.

Who wins in arm wrestling match. Nebula or Winter Soldier?

Karen Gillan: Oh, interesting. Nebula. She's the biggest sadist in the galaxy. And also I feel like I can handle this arm better than the actor who played Winter Soldier.

I've got to take this off twice a day.

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Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers.

Key Release Dates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
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