Published on May 23rd, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
Gillan: I Lost Amy
An interview in Fridayâ€™s edition of The Evening Standard with actress Karen Gillan has revealed her feelings on becoming a household name and also her career before Doctor Who.
As a struggling actress, Karen had worked a few bit parts in TV shows but as the work dried up, she took a job behind the bar at a pub in Kennington.
‘It was depressing not working for so long,’ she reflects. ‘I hated not being involved in acting, but looking back on it I’m pleased it happened. Otherwise I wouldn’t know what it’s like to have a normal job.’
After she was recruited to work at the London Fashion Week as a catwalk model in 2007, things started to pick up and it wasnâ€™t long before she had aced the audition to flesh out the role of Amy Pond (allâ€™s well that ends well then!).
Karen also talks about her gruelling 9 month work schedule when filming Doctor Who, where 11 days of filming eventually leads to a day off. But itâ€™s not necessarily the best thing in her view:
‘I had a few days off once and I didn’t like it when I came back because I felt out of touch. I was out of it for two days and I felt I’d lost Amy.’
Since starting work on Doctor Who, things are now looking better and better, Karen mentioning that sheâ€™ll definitely be back for more. Whatever fate awaits Amy Pond, letâ€™s hope we donâ€™t have to face it for a while..