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Pajiba 10 For Your Consideration: Gwendoline Christie

By TK | Miscellaneous | July 2, 2013 | Comments ()


Listen, folks. We all know the basics of the Pajiba 10. We argue and bicker about them every year, and the results are always hotly contested. And that's fine. No, really. It's fine.

But if I may. There is special consideration due to Ms. Gwendoline Christie. As Brienne of Tarth -- with all respect to Dinklage -- she is perhaps the most perfect casting decision in the entire vast cast of "Game Of Thrones." Brienne is brash, dangerous, damaged, shy, anxious, rebellious, stubborn, vulnerable, and deadly. And Christie handles all of those traits flawlessly. She is a giantess of unusual physicality, something that she absolutely is as well. What she is also supposed to be... is homely. Not particularly attractive.


On this, well, forgive the woman if she doesn't quite get that part right. As unconventional as her looks may be, it'll be a cold day in hell before she succeeds at unattractive.

Because the truth is that Gwendoline Christie is a 6'3" cool drink of water. She's got legs a mile long and isn't afraid to show 'em. When she's not wearing dirt, plate mail, and a scowl while teaching the Kingslayer a thing or two, she's wearing dresses that some would consider indecently short, as if to say, "these wheels were meant to gleam and shimmer in the light of the day, and I give absolutely zero fucks who thinks otherwise." She's got eyes you can drown in. But she's also whip-smart, funny, and from all accounts adorable and charming as hell. She's the closest thing we've got to an actual goddess. So kneel, fools.

Kneel and be grateful.













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  • Alan


  • John G.

    She was so perfectly cast. It's like GRRM wrote the role for her. When she was waiting in the waiting room of the casting office, the other girls probably just left.

  • TK

    Apparently, she actually showed up for her audition already made up and costumed as Brienne, because she was so determined to get the role. Gotta respect that.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    When you're 6'3" most skirts probably look indecently short on you.

    I think she does a great job of playing the ugly for Brienne, though, not afraid to work the little jowls or the dirt. It's a nice performance stripped of physical vanity.

  • ,

    Y'all keep trying to get me to throw Heidi Klum overboard and it Ain't. Gonna. Work.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Is there a place we can nominate people? I'd like to nominate Nelsan Ellis, with or without eyeliner.

  • toblerone

    She's #11 on my list, being just edged out of the 10 by Romola Garai.

  • in a heartbeat. hell yes.

  • superasente

    All five of my positions are going to be populated by Emma Stone this year.

    Position 1: Emma Stone
    Position 2: Emma Stone (but blond now)
    Position 3: Emma Stone again. With glasses maybe. And a beer.
    Position 4: Emma Watson (is that okay yet?)
    Position 5: Emma Stone.

  • toblerone

    I support your love of Emmas.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    You know, I've been iffy on the Emma Watson thing until I saw her bust Seth Rogan upside the head with an ax handle. That was a defining moment.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Some sort of Aryan Amazonian I behold before my eyes. And I cannot look away.

  • sean

    Also, Wouldn't this years top ten be easier if we all just wrote "The cast of Game of Thrones" and be done with it? There is someone there for all of us. Male,female, straight, gay. One post, and we are done for the year.

  • sean

    Hmmm...Christie and I are the same height. We could have some very blond, very tall children.
    Also, there are some very weird nudes of her awaiting a quick internet search.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    She looks like Luna Lovegood all grows up!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Luna Lovegood did grow up, although it's mostly her nose.


  • luckypete

    Rather than making any comment upon the actress herself (though she is quite lovely), I would not put her in consideration simply due to her limited output so far. Yes, she's in an amazing show as an amazing character, but for the Pajiba 10, these things take time. Otherwise, you'll have a history of rosters with people who were great for one thing, but failed at everything else (and aren't really that great to begin with... ahem, Taylor Kitsch).

  • Man, does she ever have the best legs in the biz. She doesn't have to make them look like they go on for days; they just do that on their own.

  • bleujayone

    "Fetch my grapplers, I've a majestic mountain to conquer!!!"

  • Brian Martin

    Way to inexplicably objectifying an actress known for an asexual role.

  • kucheza

    She plays a laconic warrior; that can be sexy on a dude, and it can (and is) sexy on her.

  • Brian Martin

    I'm not sure how "laconic" she is, but I will say that the characteristic(s) of Brienne that you regard as "sexy" are a matter of your perception of those characteristic(s); however, they are not a conscious or unconscious trait the character Brienne employs with the purpose of being "sexy". I am simply creating a distinction between: traits that are intrinsic to the character & my (the audience's) interpretation of those traits. The collection of photos does not do that because it isn't a) a collection of photo of Brienne which we may choose to find attractive to whatever degree OR b) a collection of photos of Gwendoline Christie which we may choose to find attractive to whatever degree.

  • Nothing inexplicable about it. She's hot.

  • I'd argue that her role isn't asexual at all. In fact, I believe we're meant to see Brienne as fully sexual (she was besotted with Renly after all), but denied expression of that sexuality because of her appearance and her choice of a profession that was thought to be exclusively male. Much like every female character on Mad Men, Brienne is a study in how women are denied basic things that men are given freely. Sexuality is one of those things for her.

  • Zen

    I'd say it's more about separating the actress from the role and paying homage to the woman inside.

  • Brian Martin

    The collection of photos are peppered with stills from the show; consequently, the montage decidely binds the actress with the role, and it is that fact I take issue with.

  • TK

    I would argue that the greater insult is to call the character "asexual" simply because it's a non-conventional female role. Given the chemistry between her and Jaime Lannister, I would say that she is decidedly NOT asexual. Just because a woman doesn't fit into the heteronormative roles of the show doesn't mean that she's asexual.

  • Brian Martin

    There would appear to be some cognitive dissonance in your assessment of Jamie & Brienne's chemitry, & Brienne's not fitting into "heteronormative roles" (a far more politically charged term than this thread should warrant); however, I was under the, possibly naive assumption that this "chemistry" was based on a growing mutual respect...I could be wrong though.

  • kucheza

    People operating outside of heteronormative roles can be quite charismatic to those of the opposite sex who like such things. Example, this: made me shiver all over with pleasure. Again, not your thing? Fine. But thinking somebody who does like it must be experiencing cognitive dissonance? Dude, you need to get out of the house more.

  • DarthCorleone

    I've eaten at that Baja Fresh!

  • John W

    What a Godsend she's been to GoT fans.

  • Leland Eidson

    Great choice I'd say. I also think she went brunette she could make a fantastic Wonder Woman. She has the right build, the perfect smile, and she can definitely kick ass.

  • kucheza

    I just got goosebumps!


    *This* Wonder Woman I'd buy. Not some tiny thing who'd get blown over by a strong breeze.

  • NateMan

    Doesn't get my vote (probably cuz I don't watch GoT) but again, I appreciate the body type! And she's got a killer smile.

  • Maguita NYC

    ... you don't watch GoT?


  • NateMan

    I just can't. I got thru a book and a half before quitting. I deal with enough stress and terrible things happening to good people in my real life that I can't really tolerate it in my fiction. Nope, for me it's all Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, etc. in print, and Castle, Raising Hope, Supernatural, etc. on the boob tube. I'm all for violence, as long as there aren't real-seeming consequences. And for emotional depth, as long as it's got heart. That's all I can tolerate.

    Especially since I had my daughter 2 years ago, actually. I always loved Pixar and good Dreamworks flicks, but now more than ever.

    Holy crap on a cracker, I almost forgot Despicable Me 2 comes out this week!!!

  • Bodhi

    Ding, ding, same here! I love TB, WD, & various & sundry other adult/gruesome shows, but I find myself gravitating to lighter fair even when I'm folding laundry when my 2yo is fighting nap time.

    loved Pixar before I had a kid & now I love it even more now. (except for Cars. I can't love a movie that convinces me to dance around to John Mayer singing Route 66)

  • Maguita NYC

    Hihi. You said boob tube.
    (Sorry, puppy killing thread had a weird effect on me).

  • PDamian

    The pic of her looking at herself in the mirror while talking on the phone and smiling -- smiling beautifully -- has thoroughly melted me. I also love the photo of her with longish hair, minimal makeup and freckles, looking innocent as a baby. She does tough, fresh, glamorous, strong, shy -- girlfriend has range.

    And for some reason, I keep hearing ZZ Top in my head: "... she knows how to use 'em."

  • VonnegutSlut

    I've always thought she had this Tilda Swinton-Emma Thompson lovechild thing going on...and I like it!

    ETA: With a dash of Julie Christie circa Doctor Zhivago throw in...

  • MissAmynae

    I'm convinced that she is SWINTON from a parallel universe filled with butterflies and bumblebees and badass brick house Briennes.

    Points for alliteration?

  • ljridley

    Point for alliteration.

  • Maguita NYC

    Crap! Should've kept on reading before posting. Stated above that I would watch Tilda and Gwendoline kissing.

  • sean

    I think you just described a nearly perfect woman.

  • koko temur

    Those are not the best pictures of her. Good thing she is FREAKING GODDESS OF AMAZING and dont need those kind of mortal devices.

  • ed newman

    You're kidding right? Cool as she may be, and as perfect for a role as she might be, she should not be anywhere near this list. The pictures you have included do her no favors, either. Ok, so she is not unattractive. Good Godtopus, shouldn't a nominee be attractive?

  • Kim Stephens

    I don't care what you say, I wanna climb that woman like a tree. She's been my number one girl crush since she showed up on GoT. She's on all my lists so why one earth shouldn't she make this one?

  • SilverDeb

    How is this girl not beautiful?

  • VohaulsRevenge


    I have a thing for tall women, though, so I'm hopelessly biased.

  • forza_rossi

    Marry me?

  • Halfman Wants Some

    Destroy me?

  • koko temur

    one of these downvotes is mine.

  • PaddyDog

    You've heard of "eye of the beholder", right?

    Or should we just endorse a list of generic Hollywood plastic types?

  • ed newman

    Indeed, I am expressing my "eye of the beholder" opinion.

    To all those who think she is some sort of goddess, she is all yours. To me she looks like a female Fred Gwynne. Despite TK asserting she is whip smart and funny, most have never heard a single word from her outside those she's had written for her, so her roles and still pictures are all we have to go on. I'm sorry I don't feel any other spiritual connection to her like so many others here seem to.

    Just because she isn't a Hollywood plastic type, doesn't mean we should endorse her either.

  • There is a difference between "I don't find her attractive" and "she is not attractive". It seems the dispute is over your use of language. You are completely within your rights to not find her attractive - how boring if we all found the same things/qualities/people attractive? - but to suggest that she is not attractive has no value.

  • ed newman

    I don't see the difference. How can anyone possibly say someone is attractive or not attractive then? Do we always need to put the "I find her..." qualifier? It is always a personal opinion, because everyone is attractive/unattractive to someone. Nevertheless, I am legitimately surprised that so many object to someone thinking she is unattractive, and more so that so many find her attractive. I stand by my opinion that she doesn't belong on the final list, but it is not my list, so I have no objections if she gets enough votes.

  • The difference, if I may exaggerate the statements and intents, is between saying "I do not understand your value" (which is an opinion, neither negative or positive) versus "you have no value" (which is a negative assessment of someone else and their worth).
    I've had guy friends tell me they are not attracted to me; no skin off of my nose. The feeling is often mutual. Good looking guys, just not my cuppa.There is nothing inherently insulting about a lack of attraction.
    If someone tells me I'm unattractive, they say it as if it as a universal FACT. It is insulting and hurtful to suggest no one could be attracted to you, that the idea is impossible.

    Again, these are vast exaggerations of the original statements, I'm simply trying to make the point clear. It is different, and (while entirely human) it is unkind.

  • IngridToday

    Personally, I think she's very attractive... when she's not Brienne. The make-up artist did a good job of making her look plain.
    When it comes to Brienne being unattractive in the series, I don't think people are taking into consideration the world these people live in. They have a very specific, sole, ideal of a beautiful woman: long hair, make-up, feminine, dress, polite, kind etc.
    To have a woman wearing pants, armor, short butch hair, no make-up, asexual (at least in her interactions with people), not flirty, not 'lady-like' at all. It's understandable everyone in this world would see Brienne and think "what the fuck".
    If you're living in a world where you decide to go to the opposite spectrum of beauty, people will openly think your ugly, mock, and pity you.

  • PaddyDog

    I don't object to you personally finding her unattractive. I object to your initial comment suggesting that she is so inherently unattractive to anyone that she should be excluded from consideration, i.e., "shouldn't a nominee be attractive?"

  • ed newman

    BTW, I conceded she was not unattractive in my initial post. If you got that I think she is inherently unattractive, you have misread. She is merely not attractive enough to be on this list.

  • ed newman

    I know the modifier is often left out of the title these days, but is this not the Pajiba list of the 10 most bangable celebrities of the planet? Of course a nominee should be attractive. We honestly want to bang someone who is not attractive? Times really have changed. Argue that you find her attractive, but don't argue that the list shouldn't be of attractive people.

  • And yet, pretty women bang Marilyn Manson and Russell Brand, so maybe bangability isn't just about looks, which I think is part of the point of the Pajiba 10.

  • alwaysanswerb

    Putting aside physical attractiveness for the moment, though, which we've already established 'eye of the beholder' rules for and all that, is there nothing to be said for that je ne sais quoi? A whole lot of people have gotten banged a whole lot of times because of some kind of enigmatic charisma more than objective beauty.

  • ed newman

    Certainly, but as Jules would say, that'd have to be one motherfucking charming pig. It's a very tricky and slippery slope, and in this case, where does the je ne sais quoi come from? Her role in GoT and that is it? Or are we applying these traits because we want someone who is not Hollywood plastic to have them? How many of us have seen enough of her to judge.? She hasn't been famous long enough or done enough yet. Everything I have said about her I would say about Tilda Swinton, but at least her body of work and off screen personality is known enough to apply some enigmatic charisma points.

  • koko temur

    Well, thank god we got you permission! seriously though, you got so many downvotes because you sounded kinda like a dick. Not because of your opinion.

  • ed neewman

    You mean because I said she is cool and perfect for a role and agreed she is not unattractive. You all are a sensitive bunch.

  • pajiba

    I hate that Disqus now shows who gave upvotes but not the downvotes, because I want you to be able to see how HORRIBLY WRONG I think you are.

  • toblerone


  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I just downvoted you, not because I disagree with your assertion, but because you can't tell that it's me anyway. MUAHAHAHAHA!


  • zeke_the_pig

    Might just be the funniest hashtag I've ever seen.

  • NateMan

    Umm... Is it Canadian cuz you then told him you were the one who did it, thus negating the anonymity of your downvote?

  • Preach. She is gorgeous, unconventional, and generally awesome. (I always thought the 10 was not necessarily what your average Joe/Jolene would consider, which is what makes it great.)

  • Maguita NYC

    I find her on par with Tilda Swinton's beauty... Now I would really like to watch Gwendoline Christie and Tilda Swinton in full on kissing mode.

  • BigBlueKY

    Interesting and unexpected. Good pick.

  • BWeaves

    Damn, she has killer legs.

    I applaud the "For your consideration" posts that have so far presented some fantastically sexy STRONG women.

  • kushiro -

    What is happening to her in the red photo? It's like the front half of her is melting or something.

  • Strtwise

    De - NSFWification of that picture, I am guessing.

  • kushiro -

    Are you sure it's not something to do with an online job and Emma Watson? VUnearithe42 is pretty convincing.

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