Karen Gillan: “Nebula was definitely a bad guy in the first Guardians film. That's what I love about her, to be honest. I love that she has this real dark side and I get to explore that, which is really cool. In terms of the second film, she's still a bad guy but we're going to get to understand her motivations for being a bad guy a little bit more. That might not make her such a bad guy anymore, because as soon as we develop empathy for anyone and understand why they're doing the things that they're doing, they don't seem as bad anymore. That's definitely going to happen with Nebula.”
Question: How did you respond when you read the script?
Karen Gillan: “I just read it immediately and I was laughing out loud. I thought this is funnier than the first film and I was crying. There were real tears. I was, like, "Wow." Everything that I loved about the first film is in the second film, but it's just heightened. There's just more of it. I'm also going to say an even better soundtrack this time.”
Question: So just what is the relationship between Nebula and Gamora and what is it like working with Zoe Saldana?
Karen Gillan: “Nebula and Gamora have always had a bit of a turbulent relationship, shall we say. Both of them are suffering from pretty severe daddy issues when their dad is Thanos. In the first film, they've ended on a pretty bad note. They were in a major fight sequence together and then Nebula chops off her hand and escapes. When we meet them in the second film, Nebula is still pretty pissed off at Gamora.”
“The thing about Zoe is I think she really works on instincts, I would say. I feel like she soaks up other people's energy really easily; it’s like she does impressions of people all the time and they're so bang on. If I'm feeling emotional, she really picks up on that, and then hopefully I'm trying to do the same thing, but she's really receptive, I would say, as an actor, and that's really cool.”
Question: And what about the guy who sort of drives this whole thing, James Gunn?
Karen Gillan: “Just to be on set with him is so loose and free and inventive. That's just lovely to work with as an actor, because you feel like you can come up with suggestions, and you're not going to be shut down or laughed at. Well...maybe laughed at a little. He's great. He has this microphone, so it feels like you're getting notes from God, which is really weird initially. Then it's actually just really efficient. He'll be, like, ‘Do it more sultry. Do it funnier. Do it like you're pissed off. Do it like you're funny and hilarious.’ It's just so loose. You don't even have time to think about it, or obsess over it, or overanalyze it. It just feels like a really cool creative experience.”
“I feel like everybody is going to find something in this film that they can connect with and understand, and also it's so funny. People are going to have a really good time and they're going to be entertained and they're going to hear some good music.”