Natalie Dormer has made a career thus far out of playing strong women who know how to out-maneuver the men in her life with cunning and ever-present femininity. Whether it is as the disarming Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones or as the savvy political player Anne Boleyn on The Tudors, Dormer’s characters tend to prove to be more than their leading man’s equals. Now, she seems to suggest that should include Game of Thrones’ infamous nudity standards as well.
During promotion for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, in which she plays a revolutionary (and PR) operative Cressida, Dormer told The Daily Beast that while the series is more progressive than most contemporaries, it could still go further.
“Well, during the first season, Alfie, Richard, and several of the men got naked—although not all the way,” Dormer said of her male Thrones co-stars. “I suppose it’s just the rules of broadcast television, isn’t it? I think Throneshas been better than your average show with the equality, but they could definitely ramp it up! Absolutely.”
In addition, Dormer talked about how she based Margaery Tyrell (if ever loosely) on the media circus and perceptions of Kate Middleton. She also talked about how rewarding it is that recent blockbusters, such as Interstellar and her own The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, have embraced strong roles for women.
Dormer said, “What I love about Mockingjay–Part 1is that President Coin or Cressida could have easily been played by a man, and if you look at Interstellar, the Anne Hathaway or Jessica Chastain roles would have been men years ago. I’m glad that cinema is catching up to what television has known for a while: that three-dimensional, complex women get an audience engaged as much as the men. I’m a feminist in the true sense of the word. It’s about equality.”
It certainly would earn Game of Thrones some much needed goodwill after the muddy gender politics of last season. You can also read our The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 review by clicking right here.