When Karen Gillan was offered the script for Netflix’s Gunpowder Milkshake, she was immediately drawn to the action movie by its unusual title. “Just the title caught my attention, because, like, that’s a cool title!” she said.
However, the former ‘Doctor Who’ star was smitten by the project when she started reading the script.
“That’s when I ran to my agents. I was like, ‘You have to get me in this film.’ It’s just like nothing I’ve ever read before. The audience won’t know whether to laugh or cry. They won’t know what to do, but they will know they’ve never seen anything like this before. That’s so cool and ballsy,” she told Variety.
Be it her action-packed resume in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or in the Jumanji franchise, Karen Gillan is back with her latest film Gunpowder Milkshake which has us excited.
Released on July 14, Gillan’s latest action-thriller boasts a solid supporting cast. The 33-year-old actress leads the film as Sam, a cleaner/hitwoman for “The Firm”. It’s a job she’s undertaken for the last 15 years since her mother Scarlet (Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey) vacated the position. She was forced to abandon Sam, leaving her to be raised by The Firm.
As an adult, Sam becomes a successful skilled hit-woman, just like her mother once was. However, when a job forces Sam to choose between The Firm and an innocent young girl (Chloe Coleman), she opts to do what’s right.
Speaking about her action-packed role in Gunpowder Milkshake with EW, Karen Gillan said, “It was definitely physically demanding. I’ve done a few action sequences in films before, but it’s usually one or two [scenes] that I can really focus on. But this was nonstop action from start to finish, and sometimes it was all in one take with no stunt doubles. It was just much more of a challenge, but it’s fun because I feel like I’ve been building up to something like this. Now I finally graduate to a full-blown action film.”
She also had a great time with her on-screen mother, Lena Headey. She was “one of my favorite people I’ve ever worked with.”
“Just as a person, she is as silly as I am, so we just had such a laugh together making videos for Instagram and probably annoying other people by being too loud. But that’s where our connection started, and I think that translated onto the screen,” Gillan revealed.
The film is also making headlines for its unusual number of women in action-thriller. Speaking about her experience working with Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Carla Gugino, Gillan said:
“The acting nerd in me was just squealing with joy when I was watching them act. There was a part of me that was just really starstruck the whole time. I will tell you what: There is one person you don’t want to fight in front of, and it’s Michelle Yeoh. She’s an action legend. I’m like, “Oh God, please don’t make me do this in front of the best person in the industry.”
“She actually really helped me though: She was like, “Use your height more.” I was like, that’s a great note, because I am really tall, and it is a source of power when I do use it. And then Angela Bassett has the most gravitas and power and is just so amazing to watch,” she continued.