The actress Natalie Dormer is going to be a big name soon, with roles in Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. Luckily for us, she’s very chatty about all those nifty projects.
Dormer is best known for playing Margaery Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones and Cressida in the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2. She took the time to conduct a wide-ranging Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit, and we’ve parsed through the hundreds upon hundreds of comments to pull out the highlights.
From who’d be on her zombie survival team to the differences in working on the two most popular “Game” franchises in existence, dig in. FYI: We've made very minor edits to style (not content) for readability:
A scene she found particularly difficult while making Game of Thrones: “Uhhhhhhhhh. I tried very hard to find the line of manipulation of Tommen in this last season. It was a difficult thing for me and the creators to get the right tone on. We tried our best.”
Favorite thing about working on Game of Thrones: “To be a part of that incredible ensemble that has such great scripts. The show's a phenomenon, and it's such a privilege to be a part of that ride.”
Which set has the best food? The Hunger Games or Game of Thrones? “On set, as in the craft service, or as in on-set dressing? Because it's the opposite - like for production design, the fake food is BETTER in King's Landing than obviously in the rationed District 13, but if you're talking about the craft table, then the craft table in the Hunger Games was way better than in Game of Thrones. If you're looking for Natalie Dormer, she'll be standing by the craft table next to Jennifer Lawrence…”
She’s really, really into cheese. Seriously: “Manchego! I love feta! I love goat cheese! I love mature chedda! I also love Wensleydale, I have no idea how you spell Wensleydale, especially with cranberries in it, it's the perfect cheese for Christmas. The only thing i can't do is blue. I can't do blue cheese. It just doesn't work with me. It's not even so much the smell, I just can't do it, you know? Maybe as a bit of a salad, but... hahaha. I mean, very rare circumstances! Brie, I love brie, melted brie. Burrata! God I love a Burrata. I literally could talk about cheese for 10 minutes.”
These are the funniest actors on the set of Game of Thrones: “Who's the funniest person OFF the set? Like between takes? Oooh. Oooh! That's a hard one. All the following people make me laugh easily, and I'm going to give you a list of four: 1. Pedro Pascal, 2. Gwendoline Christie, 3. Lena Headey, 4. Peter Dinklage.”
Who would she want in her zombie survival group? “I'll take Pedro as the Red Viper. I'll take Rory as the Hound. I'll take Gwendoline as Brienne, and I'll also take ... Jaime Lannister. But I also very cheekily ask to take Norman Reedus as well, please! I'm sure we can fit him in!”
The difference in her Hunger Games and Game of Thrones roles: “I loved how physical the role was for playing Cressida, and that she's all about her job. It was fun to play someone who works the other side of the camera. Like Cressida's out there in the field, whereas everything Margaery does is sitting around behind closed doors. They're both very PR-savvy, that's what they have in common, they both know how to manipulate hearts & minds. So there's a trend, a theme there between the two of them.”
Her famous “smirk” actually has a much simpler origin: “I have an asymmetrical mouth. I have a naturally crooked smile. People call it a smirk, but it's not, it's just my natural smile with my lips closed. If you could quote me verbatim, I'd appreciate that … My sister has it too, it's a family trait.”