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Gwendoline Christie says her role in Wednesday is the first time she's felt beautiful on screen

Ali Condon

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Gwendoline Christie says her role in Wednesday is the first time she's felt beautiful on screen

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Gwendoline Christie has shared that her role in Netflix's new series Wednesday is the first time that she's ever felt 'beautiful' on screen.

The Game Of Thrones star plays Principle Larissa Weems in the new Addams Family spin-off and was given full reign by director Tim Burton to make the character her own.

Wednesday tells the story of the Addams Family's daughter Wednesday, played by Jenna Ortega, as she attends Nevermore Academy, learns to master her psychic abilities, and help solve a local murder mystery - all in just eight episodes!

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The head of Nevermore Academy, Principal Weems, is a strong leader, a shapeshifter, and a strict headmaster, who was once roommates with Morticia Addams when they were schoolgirls.

While creating the character of Principal Weems, Tim Burton was willing to give Gwendoline Christie her own say.

"He said, 'You can do whatever you like with the character, feel free to make it whatever you want and we'll keep talking about it,'" Christie said, speaking to Entertainment Weekly.

"And that was an unbelievable opportunity from this great cinematic master."

Jenna Ortega plays Wednesday Addams in the new Netflix series. Credit: Netflix
Jenna Ortega plays Wednesday Addams in the new Netflix series. Credit: Netflix

Talking through her though process, she explained: "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."

Gwendoline added that she was inspired by the 'Hitchcock-style heroin' and, conveniently, Tim Burton and costume designer Colleen Atwood 'had exactly the same idea.'

While Gwendoline was thrilled that the Wednesday team was on the same page with her, she was even more ecstatic when she got to see herself play the role on screen.

"It is the first time I've ever felt beautiful on screen," she confessed.

"I cannot express my extreme gratitude more heartily to Tim and Colleen and our hair and makeup team.

"Colleen Atwood is rightfully a legend, and what she does is close to witchcraft in terms of transformation.

Gwendoline says this role is the first time she felt beautiful on screen. Credit: Netflix
Gwendoline says this role is the first time she felt beautiful on screen. Credit: Netflix

"It is an honour of my life to work with Colleen and to work with Tim."

Raving about how good she felt on-set, she shared that Coleen is 'able to look at your body and emphasise different elements, emphasise your strong points.'

Gwendoline added: "The way she 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. She made me feel incredible."

No, you're crying.

The full first season of Wednesday is available to stream now on Netflix.

Topics: Netflix, TV And Film

Ali Condon
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