Gwendoline Christie on What Drives Her Work

Gwendoline Christie on What Drives Her Work

V caught up with the Game of Thrones and Star Wars actress to talk about her next role in the upcoming second installment of Top of the Lake.

V caught up with the Game of Thrones and Star Wars actress to talk about her next role in the upcoming second installment of Top of the Lake.

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Ellie Grace Cumming

Text: Sara Zion

Gwendoline Christie’s introduction to Sundance was definitely unorthodox. She wasn’t there to run the press gamut and discuss a new indie film. Rather; Christie was in attendance to promote the much-anticipated second season of Top of the Lake which will air on the Sundance channel. When I connect with Christie a few weeks later, she’s still brimming with excitement about her debut in Park City, confessing, “I completely fell in love with the entire experience.”

When talk turns to the show’s return, Christie is equally enthusiastic. Of the series’s cocreator and codirector Jane Campion, Christie is effusive. “I’ve been a fan for a long time,” she says. While many details about the upcoming season have been kept under wraps, Christie reveals some exciting news about her role: she’ll be playing Miranda, a police officer who partners with the show’s protagonist, Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss), in the search for answers to the latest mystery, trading the locale of New Zealand for Australia.

For those who know Christie primarily from HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones, the idea of her taking on the character of a cop in Campion’s gritty crime drama might sound like she’s treading familiar territory, since GOT favorite Brienne of Tarth is intensely driven by her morals and sense of justice, characteristics typically associated with law enforcement. Christie is quick to dissuade that limited line of thinking, though. “Through my work, I want to explore a narrative of what it is to be a woman or a human being and the darker and more unusual the better,” she says, going on to point out that viewers can expect, “a very different side of me and a very different side of character work.”

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