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Inverness actress Karen Gillan speaks of her love of the Highland capital

By Alan Shields

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Karen Gillan.
Karen Gillan.

Inverness actress Karen Gillan has revealed how much she loves returning back to the Highland capital to escape her new life in Los Angeles.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star said she feels like it is a "massive exhale" when she returns home.

And she told British Airways High Life magazine that New York makes her feel like she's half home to Scotland.

Of her nomadic lifestyle during filming, Gillan told the airline magazine: "I float around. but I probably live between New York and Los Angeles.

"Los Angeles isn’t my favourite city. Some people absolutely love the lifestyle there but I’m ginger, stay out of the sun, and I’m not a huge outdoorsy person.

"I like a city because I’m from Inverness – which is a city but it’s tiny so it’s more like a town – and I enjoy having a different experience from that in New York.

"There’s also something nice about being in New York and knowing that I’m halfway home to Scotland.

"I love how much more relaxed I am when I’m in Inverness. I was there recently and it felt like one massive exhale."

Recently she has been filming the third instalment of the Marvel movie but she still finds time to enjoy herself - taking a friend from Inverness to Brazil to drink "lethal" Caipirinhas.

She said: "I was filming Guardians in Atlanta and I was on planes back and forth to New York and Los Angeles.

"I also went on a film promotion trip to Brazil and drank lots of Caipirinhas, which are lethal.

"I took my friend from Inverness with me, so it was girls’ night out time.

"We went to a samba bar, and I remember getting there and thinking, 'I can do that'. I went for it like you’ve never seen and then saw a video of myself and was like, 'No, never do that again'."

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