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  • Acting for Two:
    • There have been quite a few Other-Amys during her time on Doctor Who. Caitlin Blackwood takes some of the burden, but there are still Time Shifts and Teselectas. Special attention goes to "The Girl Who Waited", which featured both her current self and a very good makeup job that made her some thirty years older. With a sword.
    • A fair bit of Avengers: Endgame has her playing more than one Nebula thanks to Time Travel shenanigans.
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  • Copiously Credited Creator: Karen wrote, directed and starred in The Party's Just Beginning.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: She shaved her head for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy (even making the cut hair into a wig and wearing it in a few roles while her new hair was still growing back in) and had to keep in serious shape for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
  • Enforced Method Acting: At least two notable instances:
    • In "The Time of Angels", she assumed that Matt wasn't going to actually bite her hand when he's trying to convince her it wasn't made of stone. He did.
    • In "The Angels Take Manhattan", she originally said she didn't want to cry during her departure scene, saying that Amy was acting spontaneously and wasn't letting what she was doing sink in. However, when it came to do the scene, she simply couldn't stop crying.
  • Fake American: She uses an American accent in Guardians of the Galaxy, Oculus, Selfie and Jumanji.
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  • Non-Singing Voice: An odd case. She can sing but rarely does so. For example, when asked to sing a few bars of The Little Mermaid, she flat out admitted she knows only one lyric and belted out "Forks!".
  • Playing Against Type: As the villainous Nebula. And in a way, as a meek and shy girl in the body of a Third-Person Seductress in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Jumanji is one of Karen's top-three favorite films, so she was excited when she was invited to play Martha/Ruby Roundhouse in the standalone sequel.
  • Real-Life Relative: Karen is a cousin to Caitlin Blackwood, the Scottish girl who played young Amelia Pond in the Doctor Who episodes "The Eleventh Hour", "The Big Bang", "Let's Kill Hitler" and "The God Complex". They had never met until they both showed up for the script table read, since Gillan's family had moved away before the younger girl was born!
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    • Would you believe that Karen was in Doctor Who before being cast as Amy? She plays the priestess who follows the Tenth Doctor in "The Fires of Pompeii".
      • It becomes even funnier when you remember that Peter Capaldi is also in that episode!
    • She was one of the models featured in the inaugural campaign of Nicola Roberts' makeup range, Dainty Doll. She can be seen in the documentary following Nicola's rehearsal directions.
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