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Karen interview full interview can be read here
IGN: This is your first major role since you joined Doctor Who. How did you decide that this was the right project to take on in-between seasons?
Gillan: Basically, what I wanted was a massive contrast in character from Amy Pond and that is exactly what I got from this script. She is so different. It’s kind of a coming of age story – this young girl who doesn’t really have her own sense of self yet and she’s just trying to find it. And then something crazy happens to her where she just becomes this model for Vogue and she’s this muse to this new up and coming photographer. And she’s all the while trying to find her voice. But just in terms of personality, she’s completely different from Amy Pond.
Karen Gillan: Why She’s Leaving Doctor Who
IGN: How much did you know about Jean going in?
Gillan: I didn’t know much about her as a person, but I was definitely aware of her and the pictures that she did with David Bailey for Vogue and everything. But that was what was really fun, actually, was getting to do all the research and getting to read her autobiography, in which she’s really honest. I just found her a really interesting and enigmatic character. Some of that was constructed by her and David Bailey and some of it was just her.
It’s really interesting, because she represents a typical girl of the 1960s kind of middle class girl growing up on a farm. And her family wants her to find a nice guy who’s got a bit of money and went to a good school and settle down and get married. And she’s almost close to doing that, but there’s kind of something bubbling up inside of her, like, no, I want something else! And that represents the whole change of the 1960s ands that kind of revolution, which is so exciting. So she has that inside of her, which is so cool. And then she runs off with, essentially, a married man and becomes a super model!
Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard in We’ll Take Manhattan
IGN: Watching the film, you wonder how much he’s really falling for her versus him thinking she’ll be great for his career…
Gillan: Well yeah, and I’m sure those are some of the questions that she had as well, you know? But I really think from her point of view, she really, really did fall for this guy. And I’m sure she knew that he would be beneficial to her as well, career-wise, because she’s not a silly girl. But I think she really did fall for this guy and that’s a big part of the reason she stuck it out, because she had a pretty horrendous experience on that Vogue photoshoot.
IGN: You modeled yourself early in your career. Did that help you with this role?
Gillan: Having modeled before really helped with just understanding what it’s like to have people stare at you but not actually look at you as a person. And talking about you when you’re right there and you’re like, “I’m listening!” And they just talk about you like… I don’t know. Like if there’s two models, they’re just, “Okay, you switch, because you’re skinnier.” And a lot of girls would be self-conscious about that, but you just can’t, because it’s your profession. So I’ve had experiences like that and I know what it’s like to go to eight castings a day and do photo shoots and just be really tired and not have any creative input. So I understand all of that, so that really helped.
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Interviews and articles about We’ll take Manhattan http://www.dailymail.co.uk
‘I love her so much,’ says the actress of the model, who approved the production but refused to have any input. ‘I’ve always been interested in the work she did with Bailey.’
‘To a modern ear Jean’s accent would have sounded very posh so I had to dampen it down and make it a bit more neutral,’ she says.
Talking about Doctor Who http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk
“My greatest fear is saying, ‘what if?’ she admitted. Being in Doctor Who has been so amazing. I don’t think I will ever have a job quite so fun ever again. I feel sad because I am going to leave, but with any story, it has to come to an end.
“It was a mutual decision with me and Steven Moffat. We had this lovely dinner and decided when the best time for me to go was. So I’m excited and slightly scared.”
Karen said: “There are quite a few similarities between me and Jean.
“The fact that she didn’t really like modelling and I didn’t really like it as well – it’s something I don’t have to work to understand.
“I also felt playing the role of Jean would be an exciting challenge, because she’s so different to Amy Pond.”
Of course Amy was her creation, Jean Shrimpton is seen as the original supermodel, who is still very much alive.
Karen said: “There was more pressure to get it right because she’s a living person.
“But she’s watched the film and left a message for me saying that she loved it, so that was amazing.”
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“Yep, space excites me. My dream is to go to space. And dreams – I find the meanings of dreams very interesting. And the brain. Did you know the brain has three layers, and when we’re drunk, we revert to the bottom layer, which is only interested in eating, sleeping and ‘meeting a partner’. And music connects to that layer, that bottom layer! Did you know that?” No! What would she be if not an actor? Would she go back to college, study science? “I’d be a hypnotist, like Paul McKenna. I’d make people feel like they are in love.”