‘Avengers’ Star Karen Gillan Details Hilarious Secrecy Protocols: ‘We Didn’t Even Get a Script’ (Podcast)

Gillan plays Nebula in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films and the new “Avengers”

Last Updated: December 4, 2018 @ 5:11 PM

Karen Gillan has wrapped “Avengers 4,” but can’t tell us much about it: She says the film’s directors, the Russo brothers, went to extremes to keep secrets, even from the film’s stars.

Gillan, who plays the Guardians of the Galaxy’s powerful Nebula, details their security precautions in the new “Shoot This Now” podcast. You can listen on Apple or right here:

“We didn’t even get a script. There was no script,” she said. “Just my scenes. I’d sometimes get them just in the morning, do them, hand them back over at the end of the day.”

Wait, you may be asking. How do you act in a movie without actually knowing what happens in the movie?

Don’t worry: Gillan explains in the interview. (We start talking about the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films and “Avengers 4” around the 15-minute mark.)

The interview focuses mostly, however, on Gillan’s debut as a writer-director, “The Party’s Just Beginning.” The film is set in Gillan’s hometown, in the Scottish Highlands, and she plays Liusaidh (pronounced Lucy), a young woman coping with the suicide of her best friend (Matthew Beard).

Lee Pace, one of her “Guardians of the Galaxy” co-stars, also stars. Gillan and Pace met on the set of the first “Guardians,” in which he played Ronan the Accuser.

“We were villains together,” she recalled.

Withholding scripts wouldn’t be the only security precaution by Joe and Anthony Russo. They celebrated the wrap of the film by posting a mysterious image that few fans seem to understand.

Gillan’s “The Party’s Just Beginning” makes its theatrical debut on Friday and gets a digital release Dec. 12.

“Avengers 4” comes to theaters May 3, 2019.

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