Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer Says She Relishes Playing Strong Women
Natalie Dormer talks about her Game of Thrones role.
Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer is no stranger to the sultry scenes, playing Anne Boleyn in the erotic period series 'The Tudors.'
The star, who received multiple awards and nominations as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, is about to debut in 'Penny Dreadful: City of Angels' as Magda, a formidable celestial entity who can turn itself into three separate shapes.
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Dormer admitted to The Mirror that she loves portraying strong women, and that her influential positions have also inspired her to develop her own abilities.
I'm fascinated by powerful women who transform their strength into sensuality. I'm very shy in real life and I think there's a side of me that hopes that by taking on these roles, I can become a great seductress.
The 38-year-old added, "But I also want to be part of stories that show how women can lead interesting, engaging lives apart from their romantic relationships. We need to keep sending that kind of message to young audiences, and young women in particular. I keep gaining confidence every time I play these kinds of women."
This is precisely why she wants to find projects that scares here in a lot of ways, because she knows that at the end of it, she's going to be much more confident. It's the old saying, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.' She believes in improving herself wherever she can, because she knows that's the best way to evolve as an adult as she's still striving to test herself.
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Dormer's personality in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels set in 1930s, is certainly another tough woman, with Magda willing to carry on the roles of German refugee Elsa, political assistant Alex, and merciless mob boss Rico.
Dormer says it's a "delicious kind of thrill" to take on the multi-layered role. She reckons Magda is the central force of turmoil who is attempting to spice it up and reveal human shortcomings.
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Magda is very pessimistic towards human existence, and in the very first season she describes her viewpoint claiming she owes human beings a choice, however time and time again they want to be seduced by the most primitive, shallow positions. Her point is that humanity is the greatest adversary of its own.
One of the major existential concerns the show raises is whether mankind is innately greedy and prejudiced, or that there is something intrinsically positive about becoming a human.