The luminous, crooked-smiled Natalie Dormer — who plays Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones — gave interview to the Radio Times in London this week, as well as The Telegraph, in support of The Scandalous Lady W (which looks bad-touch fascinating). In the series, she plays Lady Worsley, a real-life 18th century woman who was ostracized for having 27 lovers.
Anyway, the topic of sex came up, as it is wont to do, and the conversation turned toward Game of Thrones. She doesn’t find the misogyny in the series troubling at all, because it’s “naturalistic”!
“I think sex and romance is a huge part of human motivation. So long as it’s informing the story then I don’t see what the problem is. Obviously no one likes gratuitous sex or gratuitous misogyny, the same way people shouldn’t like gratuitous violence.
“But I think Thrones is quite good in that way,” she added. “The violence is quite naturalistic. It’s not hyper-stylised. It’s not glamorised. And the sex is quite real and dirty as well. It’s about those raw, visceral qualities of human life that make good drama.”
In the other interview, she even explained that Man of Steel was worse:
“I don’t find it gratuitous. It’s naturalistically shot. It’s not hyper-stylised. You can watch a film like Superman with a 15 rating, and characters will be mown down by guns, yet you won’t see any blood. That’s when I get angry about violence: when its consequences aren’t portrayed.”
But what about the objectification of women? Emma Thompson thinks it’s worse than ever
“Good old Emma. She never stops, does she?”.
Hey! Hey! What’s with the attitude, Natalie? … is what I would’ve thought if that quote was put in isolation, as it was in the first post I read concerning Dormer’s interview.
But more context seems to suggest that, though she thinks that Hollywood objectifies men just as much, she was still applauding Thompson. I think.
“Good old Emma. She never stops, does she? But my personal experience has been to work on phenomenal jobs in which the men are objectified as much as the women. Actors suffer from it, too. Wasn’t there a thing about Aidan Turner in Poldark?
Turner was apparently sexualized “to the point of abuse,” so let’s leave that poor shirtless man alone.
In the wrong context, you might also think she’s not being kind to Maggie Gylenhaal and her recent comments on ageism:
‘Maggie Gyllenhaal has a great career. She might be bitching about it, but she’s navigating it.”
But it’s not like she’s defending sexism, right?
‘It’s a visual medium, so to a certain extent you get judged on the way you look. I believe that perseverance will win out, that if you’re good and you work hard, everyone will notice.’
Yes, work hard and everyone will notice … as long as you’re attractive?
Maybe that sounds bad in context, too?