The video begins with Karen Gillan taking a ride to her trailer, which looks like a small apartment, complete with a kitchen. She puts on some clothes that can be ruined by blue splatterings and heads to the makeup chair, where she’ll sit for several hours. A costumer then helps Gillan into her elaborate superhero costume. Amusingly, Gillan has some trouble remembering which of the MCU movies Nebula has appeared in.
Knowing she’s filming a video diary, Gillan pauses while in makeup to answer some questions from fans, pointing out that she has, over the course of four feature films, gone through the Nebula makeup process over 170 times. Eight minutes into the 25-minute video, it’s finally daylight. Gillan has a very, very, very long working day, it seems. Shooting on “Vol. 3,” she mentions, took about 60 days.
The video goes on to show Gillan in her Nebula tent, where she relaxes while the “Guardians” film crew prepares the set. It’s this part of the footage that will be a special treat to fans: we see Gillan acting on set in a supposed spaceship, surrounded by a green screen with only the floor and window frames actually in the room with her. Her scene is opposite Rocket Raccoon, and she will be delivering her lines to a scale model of the character.
At the end of filming comes the arduous process of Gillan getting out of makeup and costume. The next day, she has to do it again, while also doing publicity for another movie.
Exhausting, yes. But lovely.