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Network shows shoot so fast, so you kind of have to just go with your instinct.
– Natalie Dormer
For me, it’s not necessarily interesting to play a strong, fearless woman. It’s interesting to play a woman who is terrified and then overcomes that fear. It’s about the journey. Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it.
I’ve never been far from the river. I’m sort of like a Thames-nymph.
It’s funny how being an actor forces you to do things or go places that you wouldn’t ordinarily.
Sci-fi always runs out a little bit ahead of reality, right? Automatic doors in ‘Star Trek,’ stuff like that. It all happened, didn’t it, finally?
I’ve taken my clothes off enough in my career.
I always tell people this: to be a savvy politician or a good head of state and to be charitable are not mutually exclusive things.
I love to drive. My present to myself from ‘The Tudors’ was a red Mazda MX5 hard-top convertible. I loved that car, and also what she represented – my first success.
I want to keep people guessing.
I love my camera crews on all my jobs. It’s the half of the job that the audience never gets to see. They’re integral. They’re as much a part of making a movie or television show as I am.
I had a period of unemployment for about nine months after my first big break, and it’s the greatest lesson I ever could have learned, never to believe you’re home and dry.
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.
To be joining ‘The Hunger Games’ family is such a thrill. It deserves the hype because it’s well written, handles really big subject matter, but doesn’t talk down to its audience. And then there’s the romance element.
It really bugs me the way people criticise how actors look. We’re not models. Models exist.
We all need some TLC and to pat ourselves on the back from time to time.
I think the beauty of the writing of ‘Game of Thrones’ is not that the characters are fearless; it’s how they overcome their fear, you know?
I love being part of huge mega blockbusters, and I love being a part of small independent films and small stage.
As an actress, I think it’s important to look back and realize that we aren’t always quite as original as we think we are. There’s this grand, textured history for us over the last 100 years of incredible writers, directors, and performers.
When girls bully, it’s very subtle, and you can’t define it. At least with boys, the bullying is usually explicit, and you can deal with it. It’s psychological with girls.
Actors have this amazing skill – we bond quite quickly but equally we move on quite quickly. There’s nothing particularly cold or capricious about it – we’re troubadours and lead a troubadour’s lifestyle.
Cutting one side of your head for a few months is not a big deal compared with what other people have to deal with in the world. Plus, hair grows back.
I’ve been insane from a very early age.
I feel like I’ve really earnt my stripes – I feel ready to play a lead. I would just love to prove I’m good enough to carry a project.
I’ve played a lot of elegance and refinement, so to do something really down and dirty is a great attraction.
Isn’t it lovely to know that even the great Sherlock Holmes, the quirky and genius Sherlock Holmes, is vulnerable to love as we all are?
Perfect is very boring, and if you happen to have a different look, that’s a celebration of human nature, I think. If we were all symmetrical and perfect, life would be very dull.
From my experience of shooting ‘Tudors’ on the island of Ireland, you cannot predict the weather.
More often than not, I get cast as quite Machiavellian roles – it’s something about my face; I’m quite shifty or something!
I’m a feminist in the true sense of the word. It’s about equality.
Sometimes a woman’s looks or sensuality are too readily wrapped up in their power.