We first got to know British actress Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn on the TV show The Tudors. Next came the power-thirsty character Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones. Now, Dormer is starring in a horror film called The Forest that totally blew our minds. Our own Lauren Joskowitz sat down with the versatile actress to discover these 21 things that make her tick.
Apparently, Dormer was worried the character Margaery was too similar to her previous character, Anne Boleyn, on The Tudors. She later admitted that the two characters were very different.
"On a psychological horror level, it was a really interesting thing to play… I thought it was a smart horror movie," said Dormer.
"It's wonderful to play a role where… you can descend into madness and you can let it all hang out," admitted Dormer.
"There was a lot of running around, there was a lot of night shoots, and I got tired. As I looked rougher and rougher, and I descended into the madness of the forest, it helped inform Sara," said Dormer.
"A spider in the bath thing, I can do. Snakes, no thank you!" said Dormer.
The real forest the film is based on is located under Mount Fuji in Japan. Due to the iron ore in the ground, cell phones and compasses don't work, so it's critical to stay on the path.
"The whole point is that Sara knows nothing about the forest. She gets the phone call that her identical sister has gone in and she doesn't even think about it… She just goes," said Dormer.
"You're just trying to find some physical hook where you can distance yourself. I tried to make the voice slightly different… and position her body in a slightly different way," said Dormer.
Dormer thinks there's an "interesting psychological and emotional story there" that she hopes will entertain people who don't normally enjoy the genre.
"My first love was the stage," she admitted.
"With roles like Anne Boleyn and so forth, I had to learn my relationship with the camera," she said.
It's a great show to binge.
Uh, we really can't blame you.
This nightmare is when an actor gets onstage in front of an audience and doesn't know their lines. Sometimes they don't even know what play they're supposed to be in.
"Life is a marathon, not a sprint," she said.
In The Forest, Sarah falls though a sinkhole. To film the scenes inside the hole, the filmmakers dumped real dirt onto the set that included worms, slugs, spiders and all sorts of creepy-crawlies.
She said this jokingly as she did her best to answer all our questions.
Like most actresses, she spends most of her free time reading scripts.
"You have characters like Margaery who's fleshed out on the show in a way she's not in the books… I couldn't possible decide, but I guess I'll say Margaery," said Dormer.
"I just love the way with Thrones that you can start off hating a character and slowly, surreptitiously, without you almost realizing, you can find a few seasons later that you really adore them. Jaime Lannister would be a good case in point," said Dormer.
"Credit has to be given to television, and cinema is finally catching up, knowing an audience responds to those well-written, three-dimensional [female] characters," said Dormer.
Both are great films with unexpected twists, not unlike The Forest.
The Forest opens in theaters Jan. 8. Watch our interview with Natalie Dormer to hear what else she has to say about filming the horror flick.
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