Odds are, you know Gwendoline Christiefrom her role as the formidable, honorable and armored Brienne of Tarth from HBO’s“Game of Thrones,” and you may be aware that she will be playing Commander Lyme in November’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2″ and Captain Phasma in December’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
But there is more to the towering British actress — she stands six feet, three inches — than expertise at playing badasses on screen. Christie has a deep knowledge and love for the fashion industry, and it shows in her latest role — narrating the audio version of “Mitford at the Fashion Zoo,” illustrator Donald Robertson‘s book for “childish adults that love fashion” and “sophisticated kids today who are early-adaptor chic freaks.”
“It was very exciting for me to inhabit a range of different characters very different from my character on ‘Game of Thrones,’” Christie told Speakeasy, “and to do something that was funny, primarily for children, but it’s for kids of all ages.”
Christie said she has been involved in the fashion industry since she was a teenager, and she has many friends who are designers, stylists and other creative types. She and Robertson share several acquaintances and friends, and they became friends after she first saw his “brilliant, current and funny” work on Instagram a few years ago. Once, Christie said, he told her that she looked like Mitford, the giraffe character who has appeared in Robertson’s Instagram works and is the protagonist of the new book.
“I promptly took his glasses and put them on, and I did indeed look very much like Mitford the giraffe,” Christie said. The star performs other voices in the story, as well, including that of “Zap Possum.”
“Mitford at the Fashion Zoo” — due Aug. 11 in hardcover and as a bundled e-book-audiobook — tells the story of Mitford’s big break in finally landing his dream job at Cover, a famous fashion magazine in Robertson’s fictional world that is edited by “Panda Summers.” It’s at once a gentle satire of the fashion world and story intended to inspire kids to stay positive and follow their dreams.
“I’ve seen the story evolve, and I really love that giraffe,” Christie said. “I can identify with that fashion giraffe.”
Christie has done some modeling herself recently, including walking the runway at Vivienne Westwood’s autumn/winter 2015 show in March at Paris FashionWeek. She shot the campaign for the line immediately afterward, as well, giving her the chance to work with many top-tier talents. “For me to be working with them was pretty mind-blowing,” she said.
Yet, given all of her knowledge of the fashion universe, Christie doesn’t think she has the chops to ever pursue her own line. “I haven’t yet explored my gifts as a designer, but I would imagine you and I have about the same level of experience,” she laughed.
Christie does, however, want to keep bringing Mitford to life, and she’s happy to let Robertson develop new story ideas.
“I haven’t started bombarding him with outlines of stories,” she said, “but I would definitely be interested in playing Mitford when the inevitable movie comes out.”
[“source – wsj.com”]