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Natalie Dormer Talks About Her Mischievous Smile and the Scent of A Lannister In Her reddit AMA

By Jodi Smith | Lists | November 17, 2014 |

By Jodi Smith | Lists | November 17, 2014 |

Natalie Dormer shouldn’t need an introduction to this crowd. It’s no secret that we have an obsession of sorts with the woman and her self-described resting bitch face. Natalie is making the rounds promoting her role as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I and stopped by reddit to answer questions.

  • 1) Who is secretly the funniest person off the set (Game of Thrones)?

    2) Who is most like the character that they portray?

  • 1) 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: Pedro Pascal Gwendoline Christie Lena Headey Peter Dinklage They all make me laugh, and I’m very easy to make laugh, easily.

    2) Probably Peter, he is that droll and intelligent.

  • What does Nikolaj Coster Waldau smell like?
  • Musky spicey woody gorgeousness.

  • Who from the game of thrones series would you like to be on your survival group in a zombie apocalypse? 4 people!
  • 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!

  • Whats your favorite kind of cheese?
  • I’m cheese-crazy. It’s my big dairy weakness.

    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.

  • How are you liking your new role as Cressida in the Hunger Games? Is it at all similar to your experience playing Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones? They both have that sci-fi/fantasy theme so I’m guessing the experience you’ve gained on GOT has prepared you for your role in Hunger Games.
  • 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.

  • Have you always had that smirk as part of your facial expressions or did you have to practice it?
  • 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.


  • I was wondering which character have you enjoyed acting as from all the dramas you’ve been in and which one do you think is most like you?
  • Um… they’re all different sides of my personality. That sounds like a get-out answer, but it’s true! I’m not as brave as half of them, probably. And I’m definitely not as manipulative as Margaery. I probably have the same work ethos that Cressida does. Hahaha! This is my laughing, because Mo riarty’s a psychopath, pure and simple, so I hope i”m not like her at all, but I do love playing her, very much. And i love the weird dependency she has on interacting with Sherlock.

  • More women are rocking the Cressida undercut now. Are you aware of the trend and the new level of spunk you’ve set for us?
  • Yes, I am aware of the trend! And it’s kind of cool I’m a part of it completely by accident!!

  • For Mockingjay, were the military boots you wore comfortable, what with all the running you had to do?
  • Very comfortable. I loved being in flat shoes that long. Margaery wears small heels, but they are heels - because i was training for the marathon and filming MOCKINGJAY, I didn’t wear heels for 9 months and it was amazing.

  • Cressida comes from the Capitol, but from the short clip released, she looks like a badass. Is she possibly a former Peacekeeper?
  • OOHOOOH! That’s a controversial question. No, definitely not. Cressida’s background - I think she came from a subversive family of artists that never agreed with the government for the past 75 years. She comes from an artistic, freedom-fighter family. I don’t think she’d ever be a Peacekeeper, not in a million years.