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Getting ready with Millie Gibson for the Doctor Who premiere in Los Angeles

The world of Doctor Who may bring to mind striped scarves and sonic screwdrivers, but Millie Gibson, who plays Ruby Sunday, the beloved series’ latest assistant, brings a fresh perspective and style to the role.

“I think it’s a really pinching moment to be here (in Los Angeles),” she explained as she prepared for the U.S. premiere of the series, where Gibson, 19, stars alongside the 15th Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa. “I wanted to take this moment to really feel like the best version of myself. And this dress certainly makes me feel that way.

On style notes, it looks like Millie’s character Ruby isn’t the only time traveler. In fact, playing with the decades, particularly the 1960s and 1970s, is a key aspect of not only her character’s on-screen wardrobe, but her off-screen wardrobe as well.

The look, a white one-shoulder Fendi dress with sparkling beading, is fitting for the Los Angeles venue, with Gibson determined to “take you back in time.” A Dietrich-style shoulder train paired with a modern take on a ’20s pin-studded hair wave evokes early cinema glamor and captures the old Hollywood energy that inspired the actress. “I knew it worked just for this special moment – it looked like the type of dress that would hold a memory and I’m so excited to wear it, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever worn before.”

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Millie Gibson prepares for the premiere of The Doctor Who Wears Fendi

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When it came to prepping for the premiere, she worked with stylist Jenny Kennedy, who, in the whirlwind of season two’s filming schedules, arranged a fitting meeting with Fendi, and the sartorial magic happened. produced. “It’s a great partnership to source styles and partner with Fendi to capture the vintage, timeless image I want to achieve.”

For Gibson, working alongside Kennedy allows her to play with her style on and off the red carpet. Explaining that different places and audiences inspire his choices and that Kennedy is an essential collaborator in this regard. “For my own style, it’s what I feel most comfortable in…I’m learning and growing as a person – so is my style.” It’s constantly changing and that’s exciting for me,” she adds.

Millie Gibson Gets Ready for Doctor Who Premiere Wearing Fendi

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Although the first dress marks a more hyper-stylish departure from Gibson’s recent press appearances, which have taken a more ’60s-inspired turn, complete with bows and bu hair (see her Instagram post set on Ruby Tuesday) and mini-straight dresses with crystal collars.

The American stage of Doctor Who The press tour further blurred the lines between Gibson’s casual looks and red carpet moments. “I’m constantly learning and discovering new ways to style my hair in things I wouldn’t have thought of doing before,” she explains. “That’s why it’s so fun; clothes are about expressing your personality and fitting what suits you.

Millie Gibson prepares for the premiere of The Doctor Who Wears Fendi

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“The Doctor isn’t the only one who regenerates; the show and the audience too,” says Gibson, of what the final season brings to the much-loved series, which has now aired over 800 episodes. “The dynamic that Ncuti and I have is very platonic and a best friend vibe that brings an element of youth that we haven’t seen before, there’s a lot of humor and cheekiness and the fashion almost expresses that too. aspect of our relationship.”

As an actress, Millie Gibson spent four years in the Coronation Street cast playing Kelly Neelan. So she’s used to costumes that help her get into the skin of her character, but as a medical assistant, that symbiotic relationship has reached new heights.

Millie Gibson prepares for the premiere of The Doctor Who Wears Fendi

Jessica “Yeya” Chávez

Gibson cites Pam Downe, the series’ costume designer, as essential in helping him connect with Ruby’s character: “her musical side or her bubbly, fierce nature all come together in those bright red color palettes and her boots.” sassy doctor or her leather jacket.

It’s so fascinating to me how makeup, hair and styling change you as a person and make you feel more like your character. she explained. However, as she notes, she can quickly return to being herself: “as soon as I take off my Ruby Sunday costume, it’s an immediate disconnect from the day, and I’m me again.”

The new season of Doctor Who will be broadcast simultaneously for the first time on BBC iPlayer and Disney+. In the UK, the first two new episodes of the season will air on May 11 at 12:00 a.m. on BBC iPlayer, then on BBC One at 6:20 p.m. Outside the UK, Doctor Who will begin streaming on May 10 at 7 p.m. ET on Disney+ where available. .


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