Natalie Dormer

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Natalie Dormer

Born

2/11/1982, Reading, England, UK

Birth Name

Natalie Dormer

Gender

Female
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Biography

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Natalie was born in Reading, England and is perhaps best known for her role as Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife, in the Showtime series, 'The Tudors,' starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII. She's also starred in Silk and has been cast in a new…more

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    • Natalie: (on doing nudity for a role) If an actress has a reputation for taking her clothes off for performances I would say that she's bold, brave and dedicated to the role.

    • Natalie: (on fashion) When it comes to fashion, we all know what looks most flattering for our bodies, but sometimes you have to be brave and think outside the box. When half of your head is shaved, you can play more. I think sometimes people are scared of the critique. I get it—it's terrifying when images go online within half an hour. But passing judgment on someone else is a reflection of your own insecurities. We all make mistakes. We all have a fashion faux pas, choose the wrong script, write the wrong song. But it's only by taking chances and occasionally getting it wrong that we grow.

    • Natalie: (on the type of roles she get that are very different from her own personality) I've been cast as the femme fatale quite a lot, but nothing could be further from the truth. I'm a serial monogamist and would never dream of being as predatory as some of the women I've played. I can actually be a bit shy.

    • Natalie: (on her role in the movie The Hunger Games: Mockinjay and having shaving part of her head for it) It's fascinating how much of our sense of attractiveness and feminine identity is bound up in our hair. But in the Mockingjay novel, Cressida is described as having a shaved head with a vine tattoo, and I wanted to do right by the book….Cutting one side of your head for a few months is not a big deal compared with what other people have to deal with in the world. Plus, hair grows back.

    • Natalie: (on her audition for the TV series Game of Thrones) I was definitely nervous for my audition. But when I was called for a second audition, the nerves calmed a bit. I knew they called me back for a reason—they hoped I could be the one to solve their Margery problem.

    • Natalie: (on Breaking Bad) Breaking Bad beat Game of Thrones at the SAG Awards in the States, but it was warranted because it was an accolade for what they'd achieved over five seasons. They probably don't need another award but they do deserve to be applauded.

    • Natalie: (on her free time) I like my quiet time. I just ran the London Marathon and it's very meditative, being on your own for hours and hours at a time, listening to In Our Time or Start the Week on Radio 4. The reassuring dulcet tones of Bragg and Marr really distract you from the pain.

    • Natalie: (on having chemistry with her co-stars) It's complicated because you can have great chemistry with someone in real life but it doesn't translate to the camera, and vice versa. Johnny Rhys-Meyers and I weren't really friends on The Tudors, and yet people tell me the chemistry on screen was incredible.

    • Natalie: (on her Hunger Games co-star Woody Harrelson and his success in TV with Mathew McConaughey in True Detective) I'm working with Woody at the moment on Hunger Games, so I just watched True Detective and loved it. He and Matthew McConaughey had a fantastic chemistry. They're both brilliant actors but that doesn't guarantee they'll click together on screen.

    • Natalie: (on the spoiler of the TV series Game of Thrones being a consequence of the show success) it's hard to avoid the spoilers, which is a fantastic thing, it's because the show is so popular.

    • Natalie: (on trying not to know the other storylines in Game of Thrones, except her own) I don't really know what happens with Jon Snow and North of the wall. I purposefully try and stay away from Kit's storyline because the people in King's Landing don't really know what's going on there at the moment. So I try and keep away from that so I can enjoy that.

    • Natalie: (on being a fan of the TV series Game of Thrones) I love watching the show as a fan. Because there's such a large cast, I can watch it as a fan as well and watch the other storylines.

    • Natalie: (on her scripts of the TV series Game of Thrones) I tend not to read the scripts in detail towards the end of the season- other people's plot lines- because I want to sit down and watch it like a fan.

    • Natalie: (on her hairstyle for the movie Hunger Games: Mockingjay and the freedom it brings) When half of your head is shaved, you can play more. I think sometimes people are scared of the critique. I get it – it's terrifying when images go online within half an hour. But passing judgement on someone else is a reflection of your own insecurities. We all make mistakes. We all have a fashion faux pas, choose the wrong script, write the wrong song. But it's only by taking chances and occasionally getting it wrong that we grow.

    • Natalie: (on her haircut for the movie Hunger Games: Mockingjay) It just takes some time to get used to. My fiance has very short, spiky hair, and I think a lot of women like the sensation of rubbing their fingers over quite short, shaved hair. I certainly do. But I've normally done that with the men in my life – not on the side of my own head! A lot of my friends ask to touch my head, I just stand there and get stroked for five minutes – it's a free massage!

    • Natalie: (on her role in the movie Hunger Games: Mockingjay, based on the book with the same name) It's fascinating how much of our sense of attractiveness and feminine identity is bound up in our hair. But in the Mockingjay novel, Cressida is described as having a shaved head and a vine tattoo, and I wanted to do right by the book.

    • Natalie: (on her life perspective) Perfect is very boring, and if you happen to have a different look, that's a celebration of human nature, I think. If we were all symmetrical and perfect, life would be very dull.

    • Natalie: (on althoug having brother and sister, feeling almost like a only child) I'm a quasi-only child. With my brother and sister, I've more of a tendency to be semi-maternal. So, yes, I spent a lot of time talking to myself - I had this big dressing-up box and would just dress up as lots of characters and talk back to myself... Verging on schizophrenia, I suppose, if you analyse it carefully.

    • Natalie: (on acting being more instinct) It's a writer's or director's role to be cerebral, whereas for an actor it should be a visceral, gut thing. When the action starts, it's best to turn the brain off and let it become an instinctual thing.

    • Natalie: (on her physical image) I know I'm not a conventional beauty. You can read a lot of painful things on the Internet, which criticize you aesthetically - but as far as I'm concerned, that's not what an actress is.

    • Natalie: (on appreciating the success of the Game of Thrones) These are moments in your life to be cherished; they don't come around that often. To be flying around in a 'Game of Thrones' jet, to be greeted by massive enthusiasts.

    • Natalie: I've always been a history lover. I've spent a lot of recreational time walking around historical castles and estates, in Britain and Europe, and so I know what the real thing looks like.

    • Natalie: (on the uncertainty of the actor's profession) I had a period of unemployment for about nine months after my first big break, and it's the greatest lesson I ever could have learned, never to believe you're home and dry.

    • Natalie: (on actor's lifestyle) Actors have this amazing skill - we bond quite quickly but equally we move on quite quickly. There's nothing particularly cold or capricious about it - we're troubadours and lead a troubadour's lifestyle.

    • Natalie: (on enjoying playing poker and her style of play) A lot of boys in my poker circle are mathematicians who play on probability. I don't have that kind of brain, so I rely on instinct. But I recently found out that poker and cards in general go way back in my family gene pool.

    • Natalie: (on being a tomboy while growing up) I was a very physical child... I was a tree-climber; I was a tomboy

    • Natalie: (on Jonathan Rhys Meyers, her co-star in The Tudors) There are a lot of parallels between the historical Henry VIII and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. There's an oscillation and extremity of emotion throughout his repertoire that lends itself beautifully to the nature of Henry VIII, definitely. He will push things to the limit, and yet remain in emotional control.

    • Natalie: (on the writing of Game of Thrones) I think the beauty of the writing of 'Game of Thrones' is not that the characters are fearless; it's how they overcome their fear.

    • Natalie: (on the looks of her character in The Tudors) Famously, Anne Boleyn was not a beauty: she was more about quirkiness and an innate sensuality, and there are a lot of references to her eyes. Which sends out a great message for women, because life is not about the aesthetic all the time.

    • Natalie: I'm not clever enough to be in machinations and real politics.

    • Natalie: (on feeling ready for new challenges) I feel like I've really earnt my stripes - I feel ready to play a lead. I would just love to prove I'm good enough to carry a project.

    • Natalie: (on her role in The Tudors, Anne Boleyn) Anne Boleyn is an intriguing character. She seems to appeal to modern-day women in a very potent way. Because she was such an independently opinionated and spirited young woman, which at the time was unheard of.

    • Natalie: (on her believes regarding the supernatural) I've got an open mind. I say I'm an atheist but I wouldn't mind being visited by a ghost.

    • Natalie: (on the show The Tudors, where she plays a major role) Oh, it's fantastic stuff, all about the young "Henry VIII" and his brash, vibrant court. It's everything a period drama shouldn't be: super-sexy, raw, and violent.

    • Natalie: (on the type of movies she enjoys) I'm a Volver type of girl, 21 Grams, films like that. On the edge and really risky.

    • Natalie: (on acting as a profession) I know people think that acting is not quite the occupation of grown-ups, but it is actually the ultimate learning process: You get a multitude of experiences, all for the price of one life.

    • Natalie: (when asked about being bullied as a child) Still to this day I can't place why. I'd actually love to meet myself as a kid and see if I could figure it out.

    • Natalie: I know people think that acting is not quite the occupation of grown-ups, but it is actually the ultimate learning process: You get a multitude of experiences, all for the price of one life.

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