Gemma Chan Thinks Working With 'Eternals' Director Chloe Zhao Is "Dangerous"

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Gemma Chan recently spoke out about what it's like to work with director Chloe Zhao in the new Marvels film Eternals.

The 38-year-old actress stars as the immortal being Sersi, who is one of the stewards of the planet Earth, along with other Eternal beings.

In one interview, Gemma Chan and co-star Richard Madden, who plays Ikaris in the film, shared how they feel about working with the legendary Zhao, who is known for being a perfectionist.

Scroll down to find out what they had to say.

This Is Gemma Chan's Second Marvel Role

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This is Chan's second time to be cast in a Marvel film. Her MCU debut was in Captain Marvel, where she played a Kree soldier.

When asked how she feels about being a second-time Marvel character, Gemma revealed that she wasn't actually expecting to come back.

"I am very lucky in that this is my second time; I feel very fortunate. It was as much of a surprise to me, as to probably everyone else, but I feel very, very lucky to be part of this film, and amongst this incredible, talented cast."


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Why It Feels "Dangerous" To Work With Zhao

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While doing promo for their new film, Gemma Chan and co-star Richard Madden shared how much they respect Oscar-winning director Zhao.

In an interview, the stars discussed how Zhao's insistence on filming in natural light led to time crunches.

"It affects things in terms of timing. You end up with a very limited window in order to get the shot that the director wants." Madden said. "So it's always quite exciting when you're shooting like that. It's dangerous and exciting."

A Worthy Challenge

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Gemma agreed with Madden's statement and added that it was a worthy challenge.

"It's a challenge, as Richard said. You do have a small window where the light is perfect and it's weather-dependent as well," Chan said.

"We were soaked and dusty, and it's hard to replicate that when you're in a studio environment. There's just something about being in the elements."

Zhao Kept An Eye On Harry Styles

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Zhao's traditionalist execution in filming is not the only risk she took on. She also made an unexpected decision, like casting Harry Styles as Eros (a.k.a Thanos' brother) in the film.

According to Chloe, she has kept an eye on singer Harry Styles since Dunkirk.

"I kept tabs on Harry Styles since he appeared in Dunkirk 'cause whoever Nolan casts I always keep an eye open and I immediately thought, ‘This person makes me think of Eros as a character.’ He comes to life when I met him. It was very much a package."

Watch the trailer of the film on YouTube.