Gwendoline Christie Never Felt Beautiful on Screen Before Starring in ‘Wednesday’

The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress is grateful to director Tim Burton and the hair and makeup team in the Addams Family series for making her feel good about her looks.

AceShowbizGwendoline Christie claims portraying Principal Larissa Weems in “Wednesday” was the “first time she’s ever felt beautiful” on screen. Playing the Nevermore Academy head in the Netflix series based on the titular Addams Family character – who is played by Jenna Ortega, the 44-year-old actress thanked director Tim Burton and the hair and makeup team for making her feel good about her appearance.

“It is the first time I’ve ever felt beautiful on screen. I cannot express my extreme gratitude more heartily to Tim and Colleen and our hair and makeup team. Colleen Atwood [costume designer] is rightfully a legend, and what she does is close to witchcraft in terms of transformation,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

Weems is a former student who was roommates with Morticia Addams. And Gwendoline, who was given the freedom to do “whatever she liked” with her character by Burton, said she saw her as an “outcast” who was always in Morticia’s “shadow” and a “Hitchcock-style heroin.”

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 [Catherine Zeta-Jones] shadow. 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.”

The only difference was her character is “in charge of her fate.” She went on, “We were looking at Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak. I wanted to push that idea. I like to transform into characters and people that are very far away from myself and I would never be cast as this part. It was an opportunity to create that and to inhabit that sort of impenetrable, imperious character with that classic idea of femininity.”

“But whereas Hitchcock heroines tend to have all sorts of trauma being exacted upon them, for this to be a woman who was in charge of her own fate, who was ruthlessly ambitious and who was willingly putting herself into dangerous and extreme situations, was exciting to me,” she added. “Women in those movies would hold themselves with confidence and grace.”

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