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Gemma Chan Opens Up About Creating A New Kind of Superhero as Sersi in 'The Eternals'

Gemma Chan Opens Up About Creating A New Kind of Superhero as Sersi in 'The Eternals'

Gemma Chan is opening up about the new kind of superhero she portrays in The Eternals.

Speaking to British Vogue alongside director Chloe Zhao, the two teased why her character Sersi was pushing the boundaries of what a superhero is.

Click inside to see what they had to say…

Chloe revealed that she has been very passionate about creating a different kind of female superhero.

“It has always been a passion for me to create a nuanced female superhero that is rarely seen in this genre,” she told the magazine. “Gemma was very interested in this idea as well and took on the challenge. She is a great actress. Very intelligent and brave. She brought a beautiful sense of gentleness, compassion and vulnerability to Sersi that I believe will invite viewers to rethink what it means to be heroic.”

Gemma adds that “Sersi is not your typical superhero: she’s not necessarily the best fighter, she doesn’t have the most obviously impressive powers.”

“The main thing is she’s an empath,” she continued. “She has a connection with humans, and with the world and the earth. That is her strength, so I leant into that.”

She also touched on the relationship between Sersi and fellow Eternal Ikaris, who is played by Richard Madden.

After describing the two as “immortal soulmates,” Gemma revealed that it was a fun challenge to represent their love story on screen.

“That was a fun thing to play. Over a span of a thousand years, how do you play a normal relationship?” she adds. “The good thing is, Richard and I have known each other for over 10 years.”

Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, and Kit Harington also star in the upcoming movie, which centers on a group of immortal aliens who have lived on Earth for over 7,000 years as they reunite to protect humanity from the villainous Deviants.

The Eternals will be out on November 5.

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