Exclusive: Karen Gillan on Her Upcoming Sitcom, SELFIE
By Joseph McCabe on May 13, 2014
If you adore Karen Gillan as much as we do, you were probably thrilled to hear ABC TV’s announcement last week that the galaxy’s most tempestuous redhead will soon be getting her very own sitcom — Selfie. We caught up with Gillan on the recent press tour for her new horror film Oculus, and the former Amy Pond told us a little about what to expect from the show, inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s classic play Pygmalion (the basis for the Broadway musical and Audrey Hepburn-starring film My Fair Lady).
“Yeah, I’m really excited about that,” Gillan told us, “It’s called Selfie, and I play a girl called Eliza, who’s really obsessed with social media. She’s really narcissistic, doesn’t have any real friends. Then she embarks on a mission to rebrand herself as a more likable person in real life. She’s great. She’s really American. It’s a modern retelling of Pygmalion.” Co-starring another fan-favorite genre star, John Cho, Selfie comes from Suburgatory writer-executive producer Emily Kapnek.
The original Pygmalion told the tale of Eliza Doolittle, a poor flower girl taken under the wing of phoneticist professor Henry Higgins, in order to prove his theory that the only difference between a working-class Cockney and an upper-class society lady is the way in which she speaks. In Selfie, Cho’s character is a variation on Higgins — a marketing guru who helps Gillan connect with reality.
What do you think — does this sound like a good way to update the classic story? I for one can’t think of many actresses today so well-suited to walk in Audrey Hepburn’s footsteps as the ever-effervescent Gillan.