Anyone who was watching Doctor Who around seven years ago could have guessed that Karen Gillan was going to be big. Her role as Amy Pond was just the beginning, and she’s since starred in movies like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2, and of course, the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
Gillan spoke with GameSpot to celebrate Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle‘s upcoming home releases (March 6 digitally and March 20 on DVD and 4K Blu-ray).
GameSpot: Are there any deleted scenes or other special features you’re excited for people to see in Jumanji?
Karen Gillan: You know, I don’t have a clue. I’m really hoping that there are deleted scenes. I can’t remember exactly what didn’t make the cut, but there was a lot of hilarity going on during filming that I think you’ll probably find on the DVD, particularly all the bloopers.
Who was the funniest person on set?
Oo, good question! I think DJ is the secret funny one–Dwayne Johnson. His style of comedy I really like. It’s sort of slightly more British. It’s a bit dryer and understated, and that just appeals to the British in me. However, the other guys are so funny too. I mean, Kevin Hart is a stand-up comedian through and through, you know, he sort of never switches off in that respect. He’s just a natural stand-up. And then Jack, I mean–just watching him play a 16-year-old girl might take the biscuit in terms of how funny anyone is ever.
I was surprised how funny Nick Jonas was when I interviewed him, I thought it was so dry and then I went back and watched it again and realized he wasn’t being serious at all.
Oh, Nick! He’s funny too! How could I forget? He’s maybe a little more understated with his humor as well. He’s another one with the dry, more deadpan delivery that I really like.
The lead roles in Jumanji were unique for everyone, but I feel like it was especially incongruous for you to have to act like this awkward person–was that hard for you?
Um, no. It was actually more natural to me than other roles I’ve played, just because I think I probably was that at 16 and maybe somewhere inside of me I think there is an awkward 16-year-old girl. So it was fairly easy easy for me to access that, and I noticed that actually I’ve maybe just been suppressing it in my other roles, and finally I was getting to embrace it. And so I had a lot of fun with that. I was like ‘Oh, I’m really tapping into something authentic here!’
I think we probably never stop feeling like our awkward teenage selves deep down.
I think probably everyone feels like that in some regard.
Are there any other ’90s reboots you’d want to star in?
I think probably remaking Scream–to play the killer in Scream! I just have this idea that it would be so funny to have like, a really Scottish girl on the end of the phone. Like, ‘What’s your favorite scary movie?’