The beginning of a new week is always better with a bright, shining, happy person who’s infectious smile can’t help but be spread among those it comes in contact with. Though I’ve never come in contact with her on a Monday morning as I’m getting my day started, I imagine that Karen Gillan is one of those people who just brighten up your day enough to carry that positivity throughout the week. Well, as fun as the actress is, chances are that her character is ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the opposite of that.

Earlier this week in their summer movie preview, USA Today released a new shot of Gillan as Nebula, the mysterious space pirate with a connection to Thanos and Gamora. Unlike the inquisitive and bubbly Amy Pond, this new role calls for the Scottish actress to be more mysterious and stoic than we’ve seen her be in the past. And while we’ve seen her kick some ass before alongside the Doctor, Gillan takes things to a new level for James Gunn’s Phase Two film. You can check out the new look below:

The actress also shared some thoughts about becoming this character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and some of the characteristics of this woman who may be one of the most feared individuals in the galaxy:

“[Nebula is] “unapologetically so mean. She gets such an enjoyment from what she does, and what she does is so bad. It really, really helps to change so drastically physically. It did half the job for me. I feel like people were slightly more intimidated by me. She completely has a reason for being a sadist, but that may not be apparent to everybody else.”

We already know from Kermit the Frog that it’s not easy being green, but it sounds like for Karen Gillan, being blue is much easier. We’ll find out just how easy it was to step into this very different role for the former ‘Doctor Who’ companion later this summer. But until then, share your thoughts on the latest picture from the movie in the comments below.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ starring Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, and Michael Rooker blasts off on August 1, 2014.