Rachel Paige
April 26, 2018 12:30 pm
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How many times do we have to watch a white guy named Chris save the world from the forces of evil? At least one more time, and this time it’s three Chrises teaming together in Avengers: Infinity War. And while it’s fine to let another white man named Chris save the day, there are more avengers than just Captain America, Thor, and Star-Lord. The latest Marvel movie not only re-introduces us to a lot of iconic characters but also brings them together in exciting new ways.

And listen, there’s (probably) never going to come a day when we won’t want to see a Marvel movie, but a little bit more diversity would be nice, you know? There’s been a whole lot of talk about possibly doing an all-ladies Marvel movie, which is, honestly, the best idea anyone has ever had. You know it, I know it, and Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy star Pom Klementieff knows it, too. Ahead of the release of Infinity War, HelloGiggles sat down with Klementieff to talk all things Mantis — along with how bringing all the ladies together would not only be kickass, but also bring some beautiful, and much needed, diversity to the MCU.

HelloGiggles: It was a year ago at this time we were here talking about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. How crazy has this past year been for you?

Pom Klementieff: It’s insane. It changed my life so much. To get to work with these incredible actors and promote the movie is just insane.

HG: Did you know when you were signing on to Guardians 2 that soon you would be here in Infinity War?

PK:  No, I didn’t know. Of course, when you sign for the first movie, in your contract it says that you have to do other movies if they want you to do other movies, of course. When I was shooting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the producers came to me and they said, “Oh, I think you’re going to be in Avengers: Infinity War with the other Guardians.” So, I was just really happy.

HG: How do you think Mantis has changed from even Guardians to now?

PK: Avengers: Infinity War doesn’t happen long after Guardians 2. She didn’t have such a long time to really evolve. So, she’s still in the same state of mind a little bit, but she’s with her friends and family, the other Guardians. She’s a little bit the same.

HG: Going off of family, can you talk about just how the Guardians in the movie have become your family — and how close did you get to everyone else while filming? But also without giving away who you were actually filming with!

PK: I’m good friends with all the Guardians, you know? I love them. They’re my favorite, of course, but I love to get to work with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Spider-Man…I mean, Tom Holland! It was crazy to be on set with them. I admire them so much from the movies that I saw them in. To get to share the screen with them was really fun.

HG: Now, I know a third Guardians movie has been confirmed, so I’m going to assume you survive.

PK: Yeah. [laughs] I think so.

HG: I know you have a little martial arts background, and that’s something Mantis very much has in the comics. Can you talk to maybe doing any of that either in this movie or in future movies?

PK: In the comic books, she’s really good at martial arts, but also she does other stuff that are not great, I think, in the comic books. Even in a kind of feminist way to just say, “Mmmm, could be better.” You know? I think [director] James [Gunn’s] vision is much more interesting, and he brings the characters where you don’t expect them to go. Mantis, when she touches someone she can change their feelings and make them feel bad. She doesn’t even need to punch them or kick them, you know? She just needs to touch them, so she doesn’t need to get violent.

By doing that, she also shows her emotions which, as an actor, it’s more interesting than just fight. So, I don’t know. We’ll see. Maybe at some point she’s going to fight, but I don’t think so.

HG: Were there any crazy stunts you did in this movie?

PK: I had to jump at some point with a harness. It was really fun. I’d like to do more of that, but I didn’t get to do a lot of that, no.

HG: What’s the best thing you’ve learned about yourself through playing Mantis? Have any of Mantis’s quirks worked their way into your life?

PK: Oh, I hope not. Because socially, she’s so awkward, and I don’t think it would happen in real life. Being an empath is always a good thing, you know? To just connect with people’s emotions and to be sensitive and to care about people. So, I hope I at least stay like that.

HG: And now, there’s been so much talk about a stand-alone female Avengers movie…

PK: Yeah. I heard about that. I don’t know how far they are in the discussion and if it’s going to happen. I think so, but I’m not sure. I hope so because what I find the most exciting with this movie, Avengers: Infinity War, is that there are more female characters than any other Avenger movie before. Because it used to be just Black Widow and The Scarlet Witch…Now, it’s much more diversity, too, so that’s much more fun. I loved Black Panther so much. I am so happy that they’re in the movie, too.

HG: I think everyone loves Black Panther. What was so exciting about filming with all the other female characters? I mean, of course Zoe Saldana’s in Guardians. But what was the most exciting thing about just being surrounded by all these strong female characters?

PK: Yeah, but we don’t have a lot of scenes all together because it’s such a crazy cast with so many people. Most of the scenes we’d be split up, you know? So, I didn’t get to have a lot of interaction with women, unfortunately. I hope with the next one, yeah. [If the all-female Avengers happens] I would love the women to be friends and to just fight and be funny, too. To be just complex.

HG: Now if Mantis were to get her own stand-alone movie, who would you want to team up with for that?

PK: There’s a good, funny thing going on with Dave [Batista] and with Drax and Mantis right now with both of them together. But I’m not against being paired up with any of the Avengers characters. Groot would be a bit difficult for the dialogue, but I’m pretty open…I would love to have more scenes with Nebula, actually. I love Karen [Gillan].

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27th.

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