Gwendoline Christie kind of became the queen of Comic-Con in 2015. In addition to being there for The Hunger Games and her signature role on Game of Thrones, she was finally introduced to the world as her Star Wars character, the evil chrome trooper Captain Phasma.
So, of course, she was immediately asked who would win in a fight—Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones or Captain Phasma from Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
“It’s just impossible,” Christie said after struggling with the question. “It would be like two worlds meeting and possibly merging and becoming one.”
Sure, that’s a bit of a sell-out answer, but it was the only one on a wonderful panel called “Women Who Kick Ass,” run by Entertainment Weekly. Moderated by Sara Vilkomerson, it featured not only Christie but Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Kathy Bates (American Horror Story).
“Ten years ago, the world was less embracing than it is now,” Christie said talking about the acceptance of female heroes in Hollywood. “The internet has made people’s frame of reference more diverse, and as a consequence characters like the ones we all play are being embraced. Women want to see them represented in a more realistic way.”