Something you probably daydream about actually came true for Karen Gillan — in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, she gets to kiss Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Before you start getting all jealous about this, if you’ve seen Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (which, you probably have, because it’s breaking records that were last set by Titanic) you know that this kiss isn’t exactly a special, passionate one. Or, well, it is passionate, but for all the wrong reasons. It’s a romantic moment undercut by the fact that, weeelllll, Gillan and Johnson are basically just licking each other on the face. True love!
In the world of the movie, these two are actually playing avatars of themselves, trapped inside the video game world of Jumanji. In the real world, their characters — Martha and Spencer — have a crush on one another. And that’s what leads Gillan’s Ruby Roundhouse and Johnson’s Dr. Smolder Bravestone to try, and fail, to make out.
And when asked to recall one of her funniest moments on set while making the movie, Gillan goes back to the kiss: “I thought the kiss was particularly disgusting, in the best possible way. That’s something that I think is still hilarious.”
As for the rest of shooting the movie down in Hawaii, everything else was smooth sailing…except for the bugs.
“I can’t even tell you how bad it was, it was so bad with the mosquitoes,” Gillan continues. “Also, I’m a pale, Scottish girl, so I needed to be tanned in the jungle action movie. Every morning, they would paint my whole body like a tan color. Then I would put bug spray on, and all the tan would run off my skin. Then also I was like, ‘I need to wear sunscreen, because I’m ginger!’ on top of everything. It was just this crazy battle to make me look tan, while keeping the bugs away…but I’ve come out a stronger person at the end of this experience.”
A stronger person, and also a pretty kickass action lead. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is available right now on digital download, and you can pick up the DVD an Blu-ray March 20th.