Gwendoline Christie says starring in Wednesday is the first time she has felt 'beautiful' on-screen

Gwendoline Christie has spoken about how Wednesday made her feel ‘beautiful’ for the first time on-screen as she was given ‘freedom’ to create her own character.

The actress, 44, who has starred in big name projects including The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, said it was the first time in her career she felt seen.

Gwendoline’s role in the Netflix series is as Nevermore Academy’s principal, Larissa Weems, who director Tim Burton gave her creative freedom to invent.

Candid: Gwendoline Christie has spoken about how Wednesday made her feel ‘beautiful’ for the first time on-screen as she was given ‘freedom’ to create her own character (pictured)

During a recent interview, Gwendoline told Entertainment Weekly: ‘He said, ‘You can do whatever you like with the character, feel free to make it whatever you want and we’ll keep talking about it’.

‘What kept coming to me was this idea of this Hitchcock-style heroin, this screen siren, that maybe that young woman would look to our mystic portal, the cinema, to be an incarnation of her fantasies. And weirdly, Tim had exactly the same idea and so did [costume designer] Colleen Atwood.’

Gwendoline revealed how she was inspired to create the classic idea of femininity, but with a twist, which she said was the opposite of herself.

Bold: The actress, 44, who has starred in big name projects including The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, said it was the first time in her career she felt seen

Bold: The actress, 44, who has starred in big name projects including The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, said it was the first time in her career she felt seen

She said that Hitchcock heroines are often plagued by trauma but have a strong sense of ambition and are willing to risk high stakes situations.

The Brienne of Tarth actress, said: ‘It is the first time I’ve ever felt beautiful on screen,’ she added. ‘I cannot express my extreme gratitude more heartily to Tim and Colleen and our hair and makeup team. 

‘Colleen Atwood is rightfully a legend, and what she does is close to witchcraft in terms of transformation. It is an honor of my life to work with Colleen and to work with Tim.’

Fresh ideas: Gwendoline revealed how she was inspired to create the classic idea of femininity, but with a twist, which she said was the opposite of herself (pictured in the Hunger Games)

Fresh ideas: Gwendoline revealed how she was inspired to create the classic idea of femininity, but with a twist, which she said was the opposite of herself (pictured in the Hunger Games)

Wednesday follows the high school years of Wednesday Addams, played by Jenna, as a student at Nevermore Academy.

During her time at the school she, ‘attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorised the local town, and solve the murder mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.’

The show also stars Luis Guzmán (Gomez Addams), Fred Armisen (Uncle Fester), Isaac Ordonez (Pugsley Addams), Iman Marson (Lucas Walker), Lucius Hoyos (Young Gomez) and Victor Teodor Dorobantu (Thing), along with Christina Ricci – who played Wednesday Addams in the 1990s movies – as Marilyn Thornhill.

The series was created by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (Smallville), who executive produce with Tim Burton, who directs the pilot episode.

The cast also includes Jamie McShane (Sheriff Galpin), Percy Hynes White (Xavier Thorpe), Hunter Doohan (Tyler Galpin), Emma Myers (Enid Sinclair), Joy Sunday (Bianca Barclay), Naomi J Ogawa (Yoko Tanaka), Moosa Mostafa (Eugene Ottinger), Georgie Farmer (Ajax Petropolus) and Riki Lindhome (Dr. Valerie Kinbott).

The eight-episode series will debut on Netflix starting November 23.

Wednesday: The series was created by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (Smallville), who executive produce with Tim Burton, who directs the pilot episode

Wednesday: The series was created by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (Smallville), who executive produce with Tim Burton, who directs the pilot episode

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