How Karen Gillan Transformed Into Nebula
A lot of expert makeup work goes into the Guardians of the Galaxy. Out of all of the characters, nobody's look is more difficult to achieve than that of Nebula, daughter of Thanos and villain turned Avenger. You may recognize actress Karen Gillan, but she definitely looks a little different in the MCU.
In order to design Nebula's prosthetics, Guardians of the Galaxy's makeup team began with a full-size sculpted bust of Gillan's head, which was used to properly fit the prosthetics they'd soon be applying to the actress herself. Makeup effects artist David White called the design the "most complex and interesting" of any of the Guardians, and likened it to putting together a 3-D puzzle. Speaking with Business Insider, White said,
"The five-piece prosthetic was a puzzle of butt joins and blend offs, all on the same pieces, and the density of the prosthetic changes to accommodate the need to control the amount of prosthetic movement from one piece to another."
In other words, the areas of her face where Gillan's expressiveness would have to shine through needed thinner prosthetic pieces than areas for which this wasn't a consideration. The makeup team applied the carefully designed prosthetics to Gillan's head each and every day, after first putting on a latex bald cap, which, especially in the case of the first Guardians movie, was really kind of a formality.
Guardians of the Galaxy's version of the Nebula makeup required Gillan to shave her entire head, which she understood would be necessary before accepting the gig. Speaking with Screen Rant shortly before the film's release, Gillan said,
"I was told even before I auditioned that the actress who got this would have to shave her head, and I didn't think I was gonna get it. So I was like, 'absolutely, I will shave my head! Sure!' Then, like three screen tests later, [I thought], 'oh God, this might actually happen.'"
Gillan famously demonstrated her dedication at San Diego Comic Con in 2013, when the Guardians cast was introduced. She arrived at the event sporting shoulder-length locks, but when an audience member pointed out that Nebula was supposed to be bald, Gillan removed what turned out to be a wig, revealing her completely smooth dome and drawing a raucous response from the crowd. At the time, she called the look "liberating," but admitted later that being bald did take some getting used to. Keep watching the video to see how Karen Gillan transformed into Nebula!
Starting with a bust | 0:15
Goodbye hair | 1:08
Lots of sitting | 2:20
Finishing touches | 3:22
The Nebula workout | 4:37
Becoming Nebula | 5:31
Read Full Article: https://www.looper.com/157176/....how-karen-gillan-tra