- Ex-“Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie was excited to play something opposite of Brienne.
- Her character in Netflix’s “Wednesday” was crafted as subversion of a “Hitchcock heroine.”
- Christie told Vogue in an interview that costume designer Colleen Atwood made her feel “celebrated.”
“Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie played Larissa Weems in Netflix’s hit series “Wednesday,” a character whose sleek style was a far cry from Brienne of Tarth’s armor. While breaking down 10 of her fashion looks for Vogue, Christie praised the hit show’s costume designer for making her feel incredible.
“I was overwhelmed to have the opportunity to work with Colleen Atwood,” Christie said.
Atwood and Christie were on the same page from the start when it came to Larissa’s visual aesthetic. Atwood thought the look should be inspired by “The Birds” star Tippi Hedren, and Christie had already been dreaming up a ruthless “Hitchcock heroine” style.
“Colleen and I had these wonderful fittings where she has a laser-like mind,” Christie said. “She always made me feel celebrated. She made me feel that my body was beautiful — that I was beautiful, that I wear clothes well, and that my ideas were welcome and relevant.”
Christie said she had felt ready to play a character that was the total opposite of Brienne of Tarth in “Game of Thrones,” who was often looked down upon for her looks and desires to be a woman and a knight.
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
“That character was having to overcome a lot of shame regarding the way society treated the character,” Christie said. “But this is a character who is bold and assured and proud.
While reflecting on her TV costumes and red-carpet looks along with her runway appearances, the 6’3″ star said people in the fashion world have welcomed her much more quickly than in Hollywood.
“It took a long time for me to feel embraced by the acting industry, but the fashion industry did embrace me,” Christie said. “For everything about me that society said didn’t work. For everything about my loudness, my opinions, my sense of humor, my desire to change and transform, and simultaneously demand to take up space with the body I was born into.
You can watch the full video on Vogue’s YouTube channel. The first season of “Wednesday” is now streaming on Netflix.