April 27, 2017 04:50 PM

To the fans who were outraged by Karen Gillan’s outfit in the promotional photo for the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle movie, don’t worry — her character is with you, and Gillan understands why it might have upset some fans.

When the 29-year-old actress stopped by PEOPLE Now to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, she also shared her response to the backlash from moviegoers over her “super sexualized” costume.

“I was a little surprised just because it was quite extreme, but I understand gender equality is very much at the forefront,” she says. “It’s a very big topic of discussion, which is great, then along comes a picture that kind of encapsulates that visually a little bit.”

It turns out, however, that Gillan’s character is also perturbed by her wardrobe choice.

“My character is having the same reaction as everybody else in the movie,” the actress explains. “She’s like, ‘Why am I wearing this? This is not fair!’ ”

She continued, “It really is [intentional]. It highlights the issue more than anything.”

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In September, shortly after the first official still from the film hit the web, Gillan took to social media to address fan concerns about the female character’s attire, with the star assuring her followers that her “child sized” clothes will “pay off” in the end.

Jumanji, a continuation of the popular 1995 film, will reportedly revolve around four teenagers playing the infamous board game by controlling “avatar” characters who come to life. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black also star.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is scheduled to open in theaters Dec. 22.

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