The star of the recent series Wednesday, Gwendoline Christie, has confessed how she felt when Tim Burton chose her to be part of the cast.
The latest Addams Family adaptation focuses on the eldest daughter, Wednesday. The Netflix series explores a new storyline as Wednesday adjusts to adolescence in the mysterious Nevermore Academy.
By far one of the most interesting characters in the series is the head of Nevermore Academy, Larissa Weems, played by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones).
Christie described the moment she was approached by Burton. She said she had been a Burton fan since before this happened.
Actress Gwendoline Christie’s reaction
“That was pretty cool timing. I was on a walk with some friends in the countryside, we were walking in a field and we got a message saying: Tim Burton would like to talk to you about his new project, The Addams Family..
I just stopped and felt my mind explode and felt myself transform. Then, thankfully, I returned to human form and took a deep breath to calm myself and said: Yes, please. Tim and Al Gough I met on Zoom. Tim offered me the part… I was so overwhelmed. I blushed and told him: Look, I’m so sorry, I’m blushing because I’m so overwhelmed and I’m a pretty shy person and overwhelmed by it“.
Christie’s absolute delight at learning that she would be cast by Burton in Wednesday is interesting, especially given the contrast between her reaction and the austere demeanor of the character she plays.
Larissa Weems is, without fail, an antagonistic character in the series because of her dislike of the Addams family based on the past she shares with Wednesday’s mother Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Towards the end, however, things fall into place nicely, and Weems manages to become one of the most beloved characters.