Deadpool came, saw, and conquered the box office over Presidents’ Day weekend, pulling in $132.7 million, a record for an R-rated movie. The previous high mark, $91.7 million, was set by The Matrix Reloaded in 2003.
Deadpool fans are generally ecstatic that the movie came out so well—count the Aussie cosplayer known as Shiv Jam among them. She does, as far as we can tell, the very best Lady Deadpool around. We felt compelled to share her pictures and get the scoop on her love of the character. For more of Shiv Jam, follow her at instagram.com/shivjam, twitter.com/shivjam, and facebook.com/ShiveeeJam.
What drew you to the character of Lady Deadpool?
It really started when I was doing interviews at conventions about 5 or so years ago of cosplayers, celebs and attendees for fun for various YouTube channels. I knew OF Deadpool, but not much more than the boom of the cosplayer phenomenon and my old work colleagues obsessions and comic swapping. So I did some research finally, and I started reading the comics; when I hit Deadpool Corps and the Lady Deadpool standalone I fell in love with her character! Despite popular belief Wanda Wilson and Wade do have their personal differences. I liked that she was bad ass, but enjoyed the feminine side of painting her nails and wearing makeup… All while living a messy food loving lifestyle. She spoke to me in that sense. I recommend people read her stories to get what I mean.
You got to see the Deadpool movie ahead of its release — how did that come about, and what was it like? Did you go in costume?
I have amazing friends really, that’s why I got so lucky! If there’s something Deadpool related, they know to send it to me first. So I got to register for prerelease tickets from V Australia and Fox here in Australia!
Of course I went in costume though, with my Deadpool partner in crime. We were some of the only ones (about 4 people in the whole cinema, us included), it felt like mega awkward super nerd time! I loved it. We got a lot of weird looks and a few compliments.
Can you give us a quick review of the film?
I’ve seen it twice now, and all I can say is with every watch you will pick up more and more inside jokes and references. Whether you’re a casual fan or a mega-fan, you can’t go wrong. It was perfect. Finally. Just go see it. I’m bad at reviews.
You’ve had interactions with Ryan Reynolds online, can you describe those?
Oh, well it was my first real moment of “SENPAI NOTICED ME!!” Which is so stupid to say. But he liked my photos, even old ones on Twitter. So I curled into the fetal position and cried. It was a great day. I couldn’t function all week. One day he’ll love me, one day…
Should Lady Deadpool get her own movie—or at least get to be in a Deadpool sequel? Why?
The Deadpool Corps is the raw soul of the DP cosplay community in my mind. Those comics paid homage and even started the thousands of alternate versions of Deadpool we see about convention spaces now. I feel it would be so amazing to see that world come to life as it is just our community down to a tee. Maidpool, Piratepool, Pandapool, Chefpool, Ol’ Beard of Bees Pool. All the weirdos coming together. These characters came together because of these comics. Imagine the epicness that would be that movie… And really, who wouldn’t want to see Wanda kicking some serious tail while looking babely?
You chose to do the facial scarring, while other cosplayers haven’t — what was your reason?
It didn’t feel right to go without. From the way I saw Wanda, she was the way she was because of her scars as much as Deadpool is. She wore makeup and still considered herself attractive and worthy and flirtatious while also being acutely aware that her face could make people vomit on the spot. She used that, she rocked it. A lot of people think she doesn’t have scars because of certain runs of the comics, but she does in most… I felt I couldn’t do her justice without. And plus, it was a great experiment for my SFX skills!
Can you tell us about other projects you’ve got going on?
Boom Raider has been my latest project with the guys at Fury Fingers and it really took it out of me! It was an amazing time, but I really had to take a rest after and now that it’s out its all about riding the wave and relaxing… I’ll admit I’m in that procrastinating stage. I’m not sure there will be any more big projects for me on the horizon unless I’m approached by people with great ideas! So really I’m focusing on myself right now. Planning my 2016, what I want to do, future photo shoots, future costumes, maybe travel if I’m lucky, the usual things. I want to save up my money and make more unique takes on characters to bring to the people. I enjoy making things my own. It feels personal then, and that’s important to me. Being myself is important always.