Rolling Stone: “Game of Thrones” Interview

Filed Under (2013, Game of Thrones) by Laura at 9:47 am

Step aside, Lannisters: There’s a new player in town. Last night’s season premiere made it clear that Lady Margaery Tyrell, the gorgeous new fiancée of King Joffrey (and the widow of his closeted rebel uncle, Renly), is going to be a major force in Game of Thrones‘ machinations. But she made her presence felt not with swords or seduction, but by good old-fashioned politicking – seeing and being seen with war orphans, for example. It left Joffrey cowering, Cersei fuming, and the political scene in King’s Landing changed for good. And Natalie Dormer, the Tudors veteran who originated the role last season, has clearly put at least as much thought into her scene-stealing role as the shrewd Lady Margaery herself has into winning the Iron Throne.

Last season, the premiere involved children being stabbed to death, not handed toys by the future queen, so I wanted thank you for bringing a kinder, gentler side of Game of Thrones to the fore. Yeah, she’s bringing a whole new angle to the game, isn’t she? We’re more used to seeing politicians kissing babies. Margaery and the Tyrells add this whole new angle about politics. It’s PR, basically. Quite a modern concept. It doesn’t mean she’s insincere. People can be quite cruel, I find, about Margaery: “Oh, she’s another malicious, calculating character who’s after the Throne.” But I don’t think in regards with her attitude to the public and her attitude to Sansa – she’s not disingenuous. I don’t see the two as mutually exclusive, as modern politicians themselves would say. I think she has a heart. I think she can be very sincere. I just think she’s a pragmatist. She’s been brought up by the Queen of Thorns, Lady Olenna, being played by Diana Rigg [stay tuned!], to be a shrewd politician – to be the ideal First Lady, as it were.
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TV Guide: Irene Adler Twist

Filed Under (2013, Elementary) by Laura at 9:46 am

Tell us about this version of Irene Adler and how you play her. Natalie Dormer: When I went into the meeting with [executive producer] Rob Doherty to talk about playing her, we talked about how you have to choose an angle at how to play Irene depending on who your Sherlock is. The wonderful thing about the way Rob writes Elementary is that Sherlock has this issue of his addiction and this darkness and this vulnerability that he has due to being an addict. You could argue it’s a nice nod to the Arthur Conan Doyle novels in a way that other incarnations of modern-day Sherlocks don’t actually pick up on. So for me and Rob to have a conversation on how to tackle Irene, you’re very much aware that Irene Adler has to be the woman, the only woman who has ever gotten under the skin or close to — to terrorize or to invigorate — Sherlock. She’s intelligent, fiery, and Rob said she’s got a bit of the devil in her. She’s a nice yin to Sherlock’s yang. She’s stimulates him mentally as well as other areas, as we all know that’s what Sherlock responds to: being challenged and stimulated mentally. She’s a good foil. She makes him feel alive and feel human. In present day, she’s been held captive for a long time, so what is the initial interaction like between Sherlock and Irene? Dormer: They’ve both been traumatized. She essentially has been incarcerated for 18 months and he’s been incarcerated within himself and dealing with his addiction, so they’ve both gone through a heavily traumatic experience. It’s that thing when you’ve been incredibly close to someone — the closest you can be to someone on a mental and emotional level — and then you go through trauma that changes you, then how do two people who have been so close react to each other when they meet as if they’re strangers? They’ve both come out of the other side that has altered them and their sense of self and identity and everything they thought and knew and believed about themselves. It’s really interesting to play. It’s a gift of a role and a story line for that reason because the chemistry is obviously still there. There was a bond between them which can never be denied and yet they’re strangers at the moment because of what they’ve been through. It’s very human in that it’s a heightened version of what it is to lose someone or the love of your life and find them again and the trauma in that.
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Access Hollywood: Natalie Talks Irene Adler

Filed Under (2013, Elementary) by Laura at 9:45 am

Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes was left devastated in last week’s “Elementary” by the revelation that the woman he has been grieving, and whose death lead him spiraling down the path of addiction — Irene Adler — is actually alive.

And Natalie Dormer, who continues her arc as Irene in the two-hour Season 1 finale tonight, can actually credit her duties as a member of the “Game of Thrones” cast for helping introduce her to the CBS drama — something that happened at the perfect time.

“It was like serendipity because I’d seen the show on the transatlantic flight. … I was skimming through all the different TV shows when I was flying over to do ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 press, “ Natalie explained to about how she first became familiar with the “Elementary” take on Sherlock Holmes, shortly before being asked to meet with the show’s Executive Producer, Robert Doherty. “It was really peculiar because less than a week later, I had a phone call going, ‘Rob Doherty would really like to meet you,’” Natalie continued. “There was kind of like a big secret as to why. They didn’t want to go into detail. So I was like, ‘This is weird because I just watched the show for the first time on the plane on the way over.”

Just like she helped sculpt her role on Showtime series “The Tudors” (where she played Anne Boleyn), Natalie helped craft the “Elementary” version of Irene, and she shared details of her input, with Access, as well as hinted at what’s ahead in the show’s season finale, which airs tonight at 9 PM on CBS. Natalie also addressed whether she thinks her “Game of Thrones” character, Margaery Tyrell is on par with Varys and Littlefinger, or just plain sincere (or maybe both!).
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NYPost: Natalie trades ‘Game of Thrones’ corset for disco-era duds in ‘Rush’

Filed Under (2013, Articles, Rush, The Counsellor) by Laura at 9:42 am

She’s made a name for herself bringing a sultry modernity to royal characters, but now Natalie Dormer is ready to abdicate.

“I want to challenge people’s perceptions of me,” says the 31-year-old actress, who’s currently in Dubrovnik, Croatia, filming the fourth season of “Game of Thrones,” in which she plays Margaery Tyrell, soon-tobe wife of the evil King Joffrey. It’s her third prominent royal role, after playing Anne Boleyn on Showtime’s “The Tudors” and a young Queen Elizabeth in Madonna’s film “W.E.”

But Dormer, a Brit, has a wider range than those parts — juicy though they may be — would suggest. Careerwise, she’s got a specific role model in mind. “Helena Bonham Carter started off in a similar fashion,” says Dormer, referring to Carter’s early, aristocratic gigs, “and she managed to shake it off.” So Dormer is broadening her horizons in several disparate directions.
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Metro UK: Natalie Dormer Interview

Filed Under (2013, Game of Thrones, Interviews, The Tudors) by Laura at 9:40 am

Natalie Dormer, 31, is leaving her bodices from The Tudors and game of Thrones behind to star with James McAvoy in the radio dramatisation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

So why are you in Croatia? I’m doing Game Of Thrones [as Margery Tyrell]. Dubrovnik is one of our locations. It’s nice work if you can get it.

Is Game Of Thrones fun? There are like a million people in the cast, aren’t there? Yes, it is. We’re a huge family and the joy of it is you get to watch it as a fan because there are so many characters and storylines that a lot of the time you don’t really know what’s going on.

You were Anne Boleyn – everything you do seems to involve a bodice… In the two US shows that people know me for – Game Of Thrones and The Tudors – it’s about the long skirt and dark hair but I’m getting to the stage where, thanks to being in TV drama Elementary, Ridley Scott’s The Counsellor, Ron Howard’s Rush and the radio drama Neverwhere, I’m breaking out of that. It’s funny, you celebrate the stuff you do that’s successful but then, like any professional, you achieve a level in a certain box and you’re scrambling to get out of it.

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Vanity Fair: Natalie on “Game of Thrones”

Filed Under (2013, Game of Thrones, Interviews) by Laura at 9:38 am

There was a subtle power shift last season on Game of Thrones when Margaery Tyrell—the cunning noblewoman played by Natalie Dormer—toyed with King Joffrey’s crossbow inside his bedchamber. Viewers had previously seen the ambitious beauty vow to become queen, relocate to the capital, King’s Landing, and win the hearts of its masses. Now that she was wedding their ruler, the future queen caressed Joffrey’s favorite weapon, making it clear that she would not be intimidated by him or his boyish sadism, and effectively checking her (future) mate.

When not finessing television’s most merciless monarch, Dormer has been busy lately. After outsmarting Sherlock Holmes himself on ABC’s Elementary as Moriarty last May, the British actress seduces both Chris Hemsworth, in Ron Howard’s Rush this month, and Brad Pitt, in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor. But as Dormer told us when we spoke last month—shortly before it was announced that she had been cast in The Hunger Games’ final two installments as Cressida—she’s keen to leave behind the clever-love-interest roles and emulate her favorite movie stars of the 40s. To coincide with our Spotlight of Dormer in V.F.’s November issue, we’ve transcribed our full Q&A with the Hunger Games—Mockingjay co-star, below. (At the very end, Game of Thrones fans, note a semi-significant Season Four spoiler about Margaery and Joffrey.)
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Esquire: Natalie Dormer is a Woman we Love

Filed Under (2013, Articles) by Laura at 9:37 am

First, a story: Picture Ron Howard — director, Oscar winner, Opie. He’s just offered a role in his new movie, Rush, to a young British actress. She’s on the fence. Instead of moving on, finding one of the countless young actresses who would trip over themselves to appear in a Ron Howard movie, Howard flies to London. He sits in the front row of a small play the actress is doing. Then he asks her to reconsider. That actress, as you may have guessed, is Natalie Dormer. Her answer, as you know if you saw Rush in the fall (or just took a stab at it for the sake of helping us through this anecdote), was yes.
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SCA District: Natalie Dormer Plays the Q&A

Filed Under (2013, Game of Thrones, Interviews) by Laura at 9:34 am

Natalie Dormer did what many would call the impossible: she caused more buzz than the entire cast of “The Vampire Diaries” combined at her Q&A on Oct 29. Students packed into the chairs, lined the walls, and even lingered in the hallway for a chance to hear her advice on acting during the Savannah Film Festival.

“Wow, this isn’t overwhelming at all,” said Dormer looking at the crowd.

“Just a chat between a few friends,” quipped professor Andra Reeve-Rabb, her interviewer.

Immediately, Dormer wanted to dive into sharing the nitty-gritty of working in the industry. She explained that she learned her most important lesson just three months out of drama school.

“I found myself in Venice with Jeremy Irons, and Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller — an incredible cast. And Disney gave me a three-picture deal, and my agent was like, ‘this is incredible, that’s what Knightley’s got. You’re home and dry,’” said Dormer. “Then Disney didn’t exercise their deal with me, and I found myself unemployed for nine and a half months. So the biggest lesson I learned straight away was to never take anything for granted.”
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Collider: Natalie & Sophie Turner Interview

Filed Under (2013, Game of Thrones, Interviews) by Laura at 2:08 pm

HBO’s epic masterpiece Game of Thrones is back for Season 3, with bigger battles, devastating betrayals and more deaths, as everyone fights for control of the Iron Throne. Now that magic is growing stronger and the dragons have been let loose, there’s no telling who might be in jeopardy or in power next.

At the show’s press day, co-stars Sophie Turner (“Sansa Stark”) and Natalie Dormer (“Margaery Tyrell”) talked about how nice Jack Gleeson is versus how much people hate King Joffrey, how the relationship between Sansa and Margaery will evolve in Season 3, what it was like to work with Diana Rigg (“Olenna”), how Sansa has found her strength after the Battle of Blackwater, what sort of relationship both women will have with Cersei (Lena Headey), how much of the books they’ve read, that the actors get together in Belfast for a read-through of five episodes over two days before each season starts shooting, how they feel like fans of the show themselves, and how much of an effect the success of Game of Thrones has had on them. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
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Wall Street Journal: Natalie Previews New Season

Filed Under (2013, Game of Thrones) by Laura at 2:07 pm

Speakeasy was recently at a party with members of the cast of “Game of Thrones” in New York City when British actress Natalie Dormer patted the place next to her on the couch and asked us to sit down. We didn’t need to be asked twice.

Dormer, who previously starred as Anne Boleyn (second wife of Henry VIII) in “The Tudors,” on “Game of Thrones” plays Margaery Tyrell, a calculating royal who uses her body and mind to manipulate the cruel boy-king Joffrey Baratheon (played by Jack Gleeson). We chatted with Dormer about the third season of “Game of Thrones” which begins tonight.

Are there any parallels between the fantasy character you play on “Game of Thrones” and the real-life one you played on “The Tudors”?

They’re very different. Anne was in love with Henry. Margaery would be crazy to be in love with Joffrey. So she’s just trying to be a good politician, as she’s been raised by her grandmother to be.

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