Wednesday 18 October 2017

Gillan: Who helps me land roles

Karen Gillan says having been in Doctor Who has helped to launch her film career
Karen Gillan says having been in Doctor Who has helped to launch her film career

Karen Gillan has admitted that starring in Doctor Who has helped her film career take off, because directors she's worked with have been such big fans.

The Scottish actress played Doctor Who's sidekick in the BBC sci-fi series and stars in upcoming horror film Oculus, as well as having a role in Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy.

She told Total Film: "I didn't really want to distance myself from Doctor Who, because it's never hindered me, it's helped me. I know for a fact that I've got offered roles because the directors are Doctor Who fans, so it's not something I'm keen to shed."

Karen explained how she was cast in Oculus: "I was in Scotland in my bedroom in my family home, and my agent was like, 'This American director wants to Skype with you.'

"So I get on Skype with him, and I'm all eager to please, and then he takes a swig of coffee out of a mug that was a Tardis - and he didn't realise - and I'm thinking, 'Oh, it's in the bag...'"

In Oculus, Karen plays a woman trying to clear her brother of murder by proving that the killing was carried out by something supernatural.

Oculus is released in cinemas on June 13.

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