Revisited: Karen Gillan Talks with James Roday for the Talkhouse Podcast

The two multihyphenate actors sit down to discuss Roday's new horror movie, Treehouse, Highland cows, The Rock, crying on screen and more.

Over the festive break, Talkhouse Film is revisiting some of its most read (or listened to) pieces of the year, including this one. Happy holidays! – N.D.


On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, friends and fellow actor-writer-directors James Roday and Karen Gillan sit down for a chat at The Grant, James’ bar-to-be in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood. Roday and Gillan, best known as Shawn from Psych and Nebula from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, respectively, got together to discuss Roday’s second feature as writer-director, the slowburning horror, Treehouse, which debuted March 1 on Hulu as part of Blumhouse’s yearlong Into the Dark series. To the faint sounds of construction workers finishing The Grant, the two pals chat about Treehouse, Gillan’s directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning, their mutual love of horror movies and Lynne Ramsay, Roday’s obsession with Highland cows, that time Gillan wrote a letter to Michael Haneke, and much, much more. For more filmmakers musicians in conversation, visit Talkhouse at and subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast.Episode recorded by Ali Nikou in Los Angeles, and recorded and co-produced by Mark Yoshizumi in Brooklyn. The Talkhouse podcast producer is Elia Einhorn.

Karen Gillan is a Scottish actor, writer and director best known for her roles as Amy Pond in Doctor Who and Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Avengers: Infinity War and the forthcoming Avengers: Endgame. She also plays Martha in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and its as-yet-untitled sequel. She has written and directed a number of shorts, and made her feature debut with the 2018 film The Party’s Just Beginning, in which she also played the lead role.