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“Wednesday”: Gwendoline Christie was inspired by Hitchcock for her look as Larissa Weems

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Tim Burton is back with that Wednesday Netflix series. Burton and the Addams Family seem a perfect match. But Gwendoline Christie revealed that her inspiration for Larissa Weems came from elsewhere.

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Larissa Weems is the principal of Nevermore, a school full of outcasts with magical abilities. She was also Morticia’s (Catherine Zeta Jones) roommate when they attended the same school.

Weems keeps a close eye on Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) to make sure she doesn’t escape Nevermore. She also tries to keep on good terms with the mayor, as the town’s residents don’t like outsiders.

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Christie revealed that Burton let her help create her character. They agreed with costume designer Colleen Atwood that Larissa would be styled as “Hitchcock-style heroin” and a “screen siren.”

“We looked at Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak,” Christie told Entertainment Weekly. “I wanted to push this idea forward. I like to morph into characters and people who are very different from me and I would never be cast in that role. It was an opportunity to create that and inhabit that kind of impenetrable, imperious character with that classic notion of femininity.”

“But while Hitchcock heroines tend to suffer all sorts of trauma, to be a woman who took control of her own destiny, was ruthlessly ambitious, and willingly placed herself in dangerous and extreme situations was exciting for me,” continued Christie gone.

The actor, of course, watched Hitchcock films to prepare for the role. She repeated how the heroines moved for their character.

Prior to the Netflix show, Christie played Brienne from Tarth game of Thrones. She was a knight who eventually protected Ser Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). That means Christie was seen in armor most of the time.

The actress has been open about struggling with her warrior looks. She cried for hours over her short haircut.

“As a tall woman, it’s very hard to shed your intentionally feminine aspects and look more masculine,” Christie said, according to The Huffington Post. “But in service for a role that I absolutely love and believe is doing something to change ideas about womanhood, it’s actually a pleasure.”

She also played Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This time she was completely disguised as a stormtrooper.

So the roles Christie played before didn’t have classic femininity in the costumes, and it makes sense that the actor wanted to do something different as the lead.
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