Hit Fix: Natalie Dormer discusses her Margaery Tyrell

Filed Under (2013, Game of Thrones) by Laura at 2:06 pm

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been posting my interviews from the “Game of Thrones” red carpet premiere in Hollywood. At the event, I got a couple minutes with many of the show’s stars, but the actor I was most disappointed to miss may have been Natalie Dormer.

The British actress, who I first noticed in “Casanova” and playing Anne Boleyn on the first two seasons of “The Tudors,” is giving what I think is one of the most interesting performances in the deep “Game of Thrones” ensemble.

Dormer’s Margaery Tyrell is surprising partially because she has almost nothing in common with the child-bride introduced in the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels. As Dormer plays her, Margaery has an interesting and pragmatic understanding of the game that gives the HBO drama its title. She knows what she has to do to secure her position in Westeros and she’s prepared to do it, whether it meant accommodating Renly’s secretive sexual orientation or Joffrey’s not-so-secretive ickiness. And as the new season begins, Margaery is showcasing a different, even more complicated, side with the help of her feisty grandmother the Queen of Thorns, played by Dame Diana Rigg.
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Evening Standard: Natalie Dormer on playing England’s naughtiest queens

Filed Under (2010, Interviews) by Laura at 1:20 pm

The real beauty of being an actor is the huge cross-section of projects you can work on,’ says Natalie Dormer. And she should know. This year alone, Natalie has spent six months playing a sensual turn-of-the-century Viennese woman in Sweet Nothings at the Young Vic, portrayed the young Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the Queen Mother) in Madonna’s Wallis Simpson film, been a junior barrister in the BBC’s new courtroom drama series Silk and a sassy Second World War American private in the giant-budget Captain America, alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell and Samuel L Jackson.

Now Natalie, 28, is slumming it on a basement stage at the Hampstead Theatre as Pat, a working-class New Yorker in a violent relationship in a new play, .45, by American writer Gary Lennon, and our conversation is occasionally interrupted by the noise of hammering and sawing from on-stage as the company struggles through a technical rehearsal. ‘It’s real grit-and-sawdust stuff,’ Natalie enthuses, coiling up on the sofa in her working outfit of leggings, cosy boots and layers of wool. ‘I’ve played a lot of elegance and refinement, so to do something really down and dirty is a great attraction. Pat is very “legs apart”.’
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“Sweet Nothings” brings Schnitzler and Bondy to the Rose

Filed Under (2010, Sweet Nothings) by Laura at 12:39 pm

The dark world of Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler, who chronicled the decadence and darkness of Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, has been given a modern twist by the Young Vic whose touring production, Sweet Nothings, runs at the Rose next week.

Directed by acclaimed Swiss director Luc Bondy, Sweet Nothings, is a new version of Schnitzler’s play Liebelei and it is in Kingston from April 22 – April 24. The play tells the story of young Vienesse Fritz and his friend, Theo, who invite two girls, Christine and Mizi, to join them for a party.

The festivities are soon interrupted by a mysterious stranger who challenges Fritz about an adulterous affair he has been having. This being Schnitzler, tragedy soon starts to unfold.

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Dormer and the City

Filed Under (2009, City of Life, Interviews) by Laura at 9:52 am

One of the biggest strengths of City of Life is its multi-ethnic ensemble cast. Emirati director Ali F. Mostafa brought on board a set of eclectic actors from across the globe and planted them in Dubai for over a month to shoot his ambitious feature film. tabloid! asked British actress Natalie Dormer — who played Anne Boleyn in the costume drama The Tudors — about her impressions of Dubai.

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“City of Life” Captures the Spirit of Dubai

Filed Under (2009, Articles, City of Life) by Laura at 2:04 pm

Dubai: For the Emirati filmmaker Ali F. Mustafa, life has come full circle at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Two years ago he won the Best Emirati Filmmaker at the DIFF and last night he returned to the festival with the world premiere of his full-length feature film City of Life. Billed as Dubai’s first home-grown feature film helmed by an Emirati, Mustafa has tried to capture on celluloid the true spirit of Dubai with a multi-ethnic ensemble cast.

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“City of Life” Stars Steal Film Spotlight

Filed Under (2009, Articles, City of Life) by Laura at 2:02 pm

The celebrities included the Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan and the American actress and singer Mandy Moore. But the real stars of Dubai International Film Festival’s opening night were two relative newcomers. Natalie Dormer and Sonu Sood may have several decades less experience than more veteran actors, but they drew the biggest crowd at the gala opening of the festival, now in its sixth year.
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‘The Tudors’-alumna actress Natalie Dormer

Filed Under (2009, Interviews) by Laura at 2:01 am

Natalie Dormer is so cool it might just blow your mind. Her portrayal of Anne Boleyn on the Tudors already has much of the television-viewing public loving and or lusting after her, but it was undeniably excellent to be able to interview her if only because her answers have made me love her even more than I already did. She is historically aware, erudite, etcetera, etcetera, and her answers are really great to read, so, well, go forth and do so.

The bulk of your career thus far has revolved around historical projects. Why is this?
It just worked out that a couple of high profile historical projects were offered to me in the early years of my career. You don’t turn down a great job because it requires a corset and you’ve worn one before. I consider each project on individual merit.
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‘I would love to work in Indian films’

Filed Under (2009, Articles) by Laura at 8:41 am

British actress Natalie Dormer, who plays the tragic queen Anne Boleyn in the royal period drama The Tudors opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, says she would love to work in Indian films.

The actress believes that the future of entertainment lies in international collaborations like Slumdog Millionaire.

I would love to work in Indian films. In fact I recently shot an international film with Bollywood actor Sonu Sood in Dubai. I feel the future is about international collaborations like Slumdog Millionaire and City of Life,” the actress said over the phone from Los Angeles.

She is playing a Russian air hostess in City of Life, which is directed by Ali Mustafa.

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The Mail – Boho Boleyn girl: Actress Natalie Dormer

Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:18 pm

She fell straight out of drama school and into the arms of Heath Ledger’s Casanova, then was passionately seduced by Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s Henry VIII in The Tudors. So far, so steamy for hot new British talent Natalie Dormer. So how do you top that?

Natalie Dormer takes one look at our spartan little interview office and says playfully, ‘Shall we draw lots for the comfy chair?’ So already I’m won over by this baby-faced brunette, an avid poker player who could be said to have enjoyed more than her fair share of luck so far in the great gamble of an acting career.

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The Star – Anne keeps her head in Holts

Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:16 pm

Tudors’ star gets a lesson in designer bags from Store Gazing but looks forward to a return to London where she’ll add to her collection of coats

Natalie Dormer is the lusty and wilful Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, in the CBC/Showtime series The Tudors. But she is a designer bag virgin. Dormer, who was born in Reading, England, and lives in London, is in T.O. for a press tour and we meet in the handbag department at Holt Renfrew on Bloor St. She is carrying a smart yellow tote. “It’s just a cheapie,” she says dismissively. “I liked the colour.”
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