Christie’s Emmy nomination didn’t stop her from scaring one of her favorite directors.
Gwendoline Christie starred in some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises, including Game of Thrones and Star Wars, before starring in Wednesday. But even he wasn’t immune to being intimidated by Tim Burton.
In a new interview with WWD, Christie recalled being shocked when she was asked to star in Burton’s Netflix series.
“Tim Burton would like to talk to you about his latest project. It’s the Addams Family,” Christie recalled her agent telling her in a text. “And indeed, I stopped and was silent. I’m pretty sure I atomized. And then, by some mysterious force, I gathered myself back into something that looked at least partially human, and I had to just put the phone away and keep working. I didn’t even say a little bit because I just had to process it.”
He ended up speaking with the Edward Scissorhands director via a Zoom call, where he admitted he’s also a big fan of his work.
“In the end [of the call], I was really red in the face and said: “I’m sorry, I’m so confused and overwhelmed,” she said, adding that Burton was just as confused by the situation. “And he said, “God, I want to hide under the table!”
Both Burton and Christie were able to overcome the awkwardness and work together, as the actress eventually signed on to play the lead Larissa Weems in the Jenna Ortega-led series The Addams Family. Christie had nothing but good things to say about the experience, praising both Burton’s artistic vision and fans’ enthusiastic response to the project.
“It is simply unimaginable. I think the coolest thing is that it seems to have made so many people happy. Such a wide range of different age groups watch it and different people watch it together. And that’s a beautiful thing,” he said. “This magnitude of response is completely unexpected and I’m just grateful to everyone involved for putting in so much effort and to everyone watching and enjoying it. I really do. It’s very special.”
“Wednesday” Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.