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“It’s The First Time I’ve Ever Felt Beautiful On Screen”: Gwendoline Christie Praises The ‘Wednesday’ Makeup Team

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“It’s The First Time I’ve Ever Felt Beautiful On Screen”: Gwendoline Christie Praises The ‘Wednesday’ Makeup Team

It’s also the first time Christie felt seen.

She plays the role of Nevermore Academy’s Principal in the Netflix top TV series, identifying as Larissa Weems. The 44-Year-Old, known for her appearances in big-name projects including Games of Thrones and The Hunger Games alleged it’s the first time in her career she felt both beautiful and seen. 

Director Tim Burton gave Gwendoline Christine the freedom to create her character and she indeed nailed it. 

“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. What kept coming to me was this idea of this Hitchcock-style heroin, this screen siren, that maybe that young woman would look to our mystic portal, the cinema, to be an incarnation of her fantasies.” 

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Weirdly enough, Christine revealed Tim had the same idea and so did [costume designer] Colleen Atwood. 

The Brienne of Tarth actress told Entertainment Weekly she was inspired to create the classic idea of femininity, but with a twist, which she said was the opposite of herself. Christine pointed out that Hitchcock heroines are often plagued by trauma but have a strong sense of ambition and are willing to risk high-stakes situations. 

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“It’s the first time I’ve ever felt beautiful on screen. I cannot express my extreme gratitude more heartily to Tim and Collen and our hair and makeup team.” 

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Christine concluded: “Collen Atwood is rightfully a legend, and what she does is close to witchcraft in terms of transformation. It’s an honor of my life to work with Colleen and to work with Tim.” Wednesday, however, also stars Fred Armisen (Uncle Fester), Luis Guzman (Gomez Addams) Isaac Ordonez (Pugsley Addams), and Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Adams in the 90s movies as Marilyn Thornhill, among others. 

The Netflix series follows the high school years of Wednesday Addams, played by Jenna, a student at Nevermore Academy. 

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The eight-episode series sees how Wednesday attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the murder mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago, while also navigating her new and tangled relationships at Nevermore. The series was credited by Miles Millar, who executive produce with Tim Burton and Alfred Gough.

It debuted on Netflix on November 23rd. 

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However, the cast includes Jamie McShane (Sheriff Galpin), Percy Hynes White (Xavier Thorpe), Hunter Doohan (Tyler Galpin), Emma Myers (Enid Sinclair), Joy Sunday (Bianca Barclay), Naomi J Ogawa (Yoko Tanaka), Moosa Mostafa (Eugene Ottinger), Georgie Farmer (Ajax Petropolus) and Riki Lindhome (Dr. Valerie Kinbott). And the show also stars Iman Marson (Lucas Walker), Lucius Hoyos (Young Gomez), and Victor Teodor Dorobantu (Thing).

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