Karen Gillan talks Guardians Of The Galaxy

In issue 220 of Total Film magazine , ex-Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan talks playing a bald-headed baddie in Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy .

Inside the issue - which is available for just £2.99 on your iPad (opens in new tab) - Gillan discusses preparing for the role of Nebula.

"I started off with just working out," she says. "They wanted me to just look a bit tougher. I started eating lots of protein. I went on this diet of more food, rather than less... I was like, 'You want me to eat everything? Perfect!'"

Gillan adds: "These women character are just so fierce. The fight sequences aren't graceful – they're hard and strong."

Guardians Of The Galaxy opens in the UK on 14 August 2014.

For more from Gillan, pick up the brand new issue of Total Film , which is out now , and includes an exclusive look at Edge Of Tomorrow , 22 Jump Street and Transformers: Age Of Extinction , plus many more exciting new movies. Not only that but it's a Total Film reboot, with plenty of new funny and fascinating features galore.

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