It’s fair to say that Karen Gillan’s star is in the ascendancy these days, with her acclaimed time on BBC sci-fi Doctor Who eventually leading to blockbuster movie success in projects like Guardians of the Galaxy, Jumanji and the recently-released Avengers: Infinity War.
However, despite this the Scottish actor says she isn’t always recognised in the street – and if she is, it might not actually be for a part she’s played.
“Funnily enough, no – I’m not bald or blue,” Gillan said on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she was asked if her Marvel character Nebula led to her being recognised.
“But you know who I get recognised as a lot, recently? Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones.”
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The comparison makes a degree of sense when you think about it – both are red-haired British actors who found fame on a popular genre TV show, before heading to Hollywood to star in superhero movies (Turner starred in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016) – and apparently, the confusion once led Gillan to pose as Turner to avoid an awkward moment.
“There was one time when I was really, really tired and I was coming home from work shooting with all the prosthetics, and this guy was like, ‘Oh my God, I love you in X-Men’. I was like, ‘Thank you so much’,” Gillan said.
“I just couldn’t deal with it. I was like, OK, I’m just going to say thanks and then scuttle away, but then I got caught in this conversation and then I got so deep into it, I was like ‘I can’t tell him I’m lying now’.
“So I didn’t know what to do, so I physically ran away and I’m sorry if he thinks that Sophie Turner is a really weird person now. I’m so sorry Sophie!”
Not to worry – we’re sure Sophie herself has had to deal with a few partially-sighted Whovians in her time, and will completely understand the mix-up.
Avengers: Infinity War is in UK cinemas now