On both the London set of Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2013 and last April at the Atlanta set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we had the opportunity to chat with the cast while they were dressed up and done up in their impressive alien makeup.
Zoe Saldana's green skinned, party cybernetic look is very impressive and it's easy to forgive someone for having challenges separating actor from lethal cosmic assassin if it weren't for the happy smile and laughter Saldana brought to both conversations.
In our chat about the sequel, while sitting beside several sets in an abandoned, old conference center, the focus was on the complicated sisterhood relationship between Gamora and Nebula (Karen Gillan) - a relationship that we'll soon learn, isn't quite what you'd expect. We also discuss Thanos, weapons, working with Kurt Russell, the Awesome Mix Volume 2 soundtrack, and what Avenger she wants to meet most.
Zoe Saldana: Hi, you guys, how are you?
How are you?
Zoe Saldana: Did you guys have a good day? Were you guys watching some of the stuff they were doing?
Yes! We saw a bit of your action scene over there a little bit from this side of the screen.
Zoe Saldana: Oh yes. Yes, lots of action. All right, man, fly away, you guys.
We just talked to Karen [Gillan] and she was talking about how we'll probably see more of an empathetic side to Nebula. Can you talk a little bit about seeing a darker side to Gamora as we get to their history and relationship with Thanos?
Zoe Saldana: I just don’t know how much, how darker Gamora can go. You know, when you started with her in the first film, she's like full blown assassin. And with a lot of bad habits. Who through the friendship that she initiates with the Guardians like it just, it compels her to sort of turn a new leaf - is that the way you guys say it in English? So in this movie, I don't know about her being like a total like bitch, you know? I think there are some sympathetic values to her character that she's gonna try to sort of incorporate. When it comes to her relationship with Nebula, I appreciate what James Gunn did. He definitely heard what the fans were saying, you know. To see this relationship extensively unfold and see what they're about and, I mean, but through their relationship you getting like a closer idea of what Thanos is really about. I think it's really interesting to open up that window. And he certainly has with this sequel.
How will we see their dynamic change into this movie?
Zoe Saldana: Their dynamic, I think it's definitely volatile when it starts. Which is to be expected. And then you're gonna go in depth into understanding where they're both coming from, which I find really interesting. And I can't wait for you guys to see it unfold. Nebula's definitely a tough cookie, man. And she has a lot more issues than Gamora does. I mean, I guess I just feel like Gamora at least has friends. You know, Nebula is just she's just lethal and Karen really delivers in this movie. More than she did in the first one. I mean, she was so good in the first movie that James couldn't kill her off. He had to find a way to bring her back, which I really appreciate.
What do you get to do that in this one that you didn't get to do in the last one that’s really exciting?
Zoe Saldana: You know, the stunts here are much more defined and they've been a lot more challenging. So I've been having fun, especially after like popping twins like 17 months ago. The fact that I could get on wires and be lifted 30 feet up in the air at full speed or just be dropped and landing on heels that are this high, I love the fact that they're trusting me with this. And I'm having a lot of fun. That and I always have fun with action scenes. I get to have a sister on screen. I don't think many actresses can say that about the characters that they're playing in films lately. So Karen and I really appreciate the gesture.
You got some upgrades, new weapons, new cool stuff?
Zoe Saldana: I don't know, man. I find, I'm a huge believer in that saying that if it isn't broke, don't fix it. So we weren't broken when it came to our fighting abilities. We're really stealth. So I think I'm gonna stick to the swords. It's a pretty fucking awesome sword anyway, so it's heavy.
How does Gamora feel about J'Son [Kurt Russell's character, Ego, whose identity was being kept secret on the day]?
Zoe Saldana: You know, he has good hair. That's as much as I can say.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017