Natalie Dormer – Game of Thrones

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With the countdown now on until the new season of Game of Thrones one of the stars of the show, Natalie Dormer, touched down at Melbourne’s Supanova Pop Culture Expo to not only reflect on her time on the show but also take a look at her career which has seen her play of course Margaery Tyrell in Game Of Thrones, Moriarty in Elementary, Anne Bolelyn in The Tudors while also appearing in feature films like The Forest, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Hunger Games franchise.

Aside from stopping in at Supanova though Dormer is also currently in Melbourne filming a television series based on Peter Weir’s critically acclaimed film Picnic At Hanging Rock which is where Dormer starts her reflection.

“I’m really proud to be here in Melbourne do a re-imagining of Picnic At Hanging Rock,” Dormer says. “A lot of people out there, or probably their parents, have seen the Peter Weir film which came out in 1975 and Joan Lindsay wrote the novel in the 60s so we thought it was time to get it out again. Get it out to a new audience. I’ve been having such a great time with the Australian cast and Australian food. I have been asking ‘are there snakes here’ a lot though. We did some work up in Macedon, we went up to Hanging Rock where you have some amazing concerts and art installations… it’s a cool, special place.”

Audiences are also about to see a completely different side to Dormer’s creativity as she not only stars in the new feature film In Darkness but also co-wrote it. “In Darkness is my first furore into writing,” she explains. “We shot it before Christmas and it is a psychological thriller… I actually like pretty dark stuff you might have noticed. I wrote it with my other half, Anthony Byrne, who directs it and I star in it. We have Ed Skrein in it who is the baddie in Deadpool, we have Emily Ratajowski, Joely Richardson and that will be out in 2018.”

When talk turns to Game Of Thrones Dormer says that the scale of the set often blew her away. “You can go to Northern Ireland now and do tours of the set and when you are in the throne room that’s all in Belfast at a studio called Titanic Studios, it’s called that because that’s where they painted the actual Titanic ship. You can imagine how big it is… it’s titanic. It’s a big space and the throne room is one full length of one side of the hangar, and when they turn the fires on around the pillars in the throne room you really do feel like you are in a medieval cathedral. Just the epic size of the throne room. I was a geeky child and I used to go to a lot of castles in England, Scotland and Wales when I was a child so I was really impressed by the theatre of that medieval castle coming to life.”

While it’s every actor’s dream at the moment to be in Game of Thrones Dormer said it wasn’t an easy shoot and that everybody works very hard. “So on a typical day my alarm would go off at ten to five in my hotel room in Belfast,” she explains. “I would be in the hair and make-up chair by 5.30. Then it would take 45 minutes to do the wig and then another 45 minutes to do my make-up. Then you would go and rehearse from about 7 or 7.30 and then they would set up the lights and you would normally be filming by about 8am. Then you do the same thing a lot, again, again and again. We were a really family on Game of Thrones, and we had two units on the show, normally there is only one crew and one film department, but because on Game Of Thrones there was always so many of us they had two things going at once – there is Wolf Unit and Dragon Unit – so sometimes you would find a friend like Kit Harrington or Alfie Allen in the hall as they are off to shoot something else on another stage and you would have a laugh for about five minutes. Then you would finish at 7pm and you would go to the pub.”

As a character Margaery saw the worst of King Joffrey played by Jack Gleeson but she says as a co-star Gleeson is very different to his on-screen evil persona. “Jack is seriously the nicest guy you could ever hope to meet,” she says laughing. “He is so intelligent, generious and so kind, he is so far removed from Joffrey. He’s doing a lot of writing and directing himself at the moment. He’s a very clever whipper-snapper. He does a lot of theatre. I actually ran into him outside a theatre in Soho the other day which would have given some passer-bys a real shock. Jack’s standing on the steps of the theatre having a cigarette and I come past with my dog and I’m like ‘jack’ but to the people walking past it would have been Lady Tyrell standing with King Joffrey while he has a cigarette. The sad thing was all the passer-bys seem to recognise him and not me. I’m pretty sure you’ll see Jack behind the camera one day directing, he’s a visionary, he’s got ideas.”

While it’s every actor’s dream at the moment to be in Game of Thrones Dormer said it wasn’t an easy shoot and that everybody works very hard. “So on a typical day my alarm would go off at ten to five in my hotel room in Belfast,” she explains. “I would be in the hair and make-up chair by 5.30. Then it would take 45 minutes to do the wig and then another 45 minutes to do my make-up. Then you would go and rehearse from about 7 or 7.30 and then they would set up the lights and you would normally be filming by about 8am. Then you do the same thing a lot, again, again and again. We were a really family on Game of Thrones, and we had two units on the show, normally there is only one crew and one film department, but because on Game Of Thrones there was always so many of us they had two things going at once – there is Wolf Unit and Dragon Unit – so sometimes you would find a friend like Kit Harrington or Alfie Allen in the hall as they are off to shoot something else on another stage and you would have a laugh for about five minutes. Then you would finish at 7pm and you would go to the pub.”

As a character Margaery saw the worst of King Joffrey played by Jack Gleeson but she says as a co-star Gleeson is very different to his on-screen evil persona. “Jack is seriously the nicest guy you could ever hope to meet,” she says laughing. “He is so intelligent, generious and so kind, he is so far removed from Joffrey. He’s doing a lot of writing and directing himself at the moment. He’s a very clever whipper-snapper. He does a lot of theatre. I actually ran into him outside a theatre in Soho the other day which would have given some passer-bys a real shock. Jack’s standing on the steps of the theatre having a cigarette and I come past with my dog and I’m like ‘jack’ but to the people walking past it would have been Lady Tyrell standing with King Joffrey while he has a cigarette. The sad thing was all the passer-bys seem to recognise him and not me. I’m pretty sure you’ll see Jack behind the camera one day directing, he’s a visionary, he’s got ideas.”Written by Dave Griffiths

Natalie Dormer will be appearing at Supanova in Melbourne this weekend.

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