ACTORS attempt the transition from TV to film all the time, but not all do so successfully.
The likes of George Clooney and Michelle Williams, who starred in ER and Dawson’s Creek respectively, have never looked back, while Jennifer Aniston has always struggled to match the success she had during her 10-year stint on Friends.
Karen Gillan, who starred in Doctor Who as the Timelord’s sidekick Amy Pond for three years, is currently weathering that difficult transition. Last year, she took a beating for starring in the dull rom-com Not Another Happy Ending, but hopes to correct that with her next few films, starting with Oculus, in UK cinemas this week.
In Oculus, which has to-date grossed £17 million at the worldwide box office and amassed favourable reviews, Gillan stars as Kaylie Russell, a woman who, with the help of her brother, tries to destroy an ornate mirror that she believes was responsible for her troubled past.
Directed by Mike Flanagan, it’s a smart and genuinely chilling supernatural horror. Gillan is, for all intents and purposes, the glue that holds the whole film together, and nails the American accent without so much as a hint of her natural Scottish twang slipping through.
It’s perhaps her next role, as the villainous Nebula in Guardians Of The Galaxy, that’s the most interesting. The part is her biggest step yet, in film or otherwise, and the extent of its outcome, whether it’s good or bad, will likely have an impact on her career going forward.
But no matter what happens, the bold move Gillan has made to feature films is deserving of praise. She has a long way to go, but by continuing to make interesting role choices, Gillan could pull it off. And here’s hoping she does.
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