Natalie Dormer: ‘I Needed The TUDORS Job’

Published on January 21, 2016

British actress NATALIE DORMER has defended her decision to take a role in TV drama THE TUDORS, insisting she only accepted the job on the “hyper-sexualised” show because she was “unemployed”.

Natalie Dormer

Natalie played Anne Boleyn opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII in the first two seasons from 2007-2010, and she went on to land a role in hugely popular fantasy series Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games franchise.

The actress credits The Tudors, which has been maligned as sex-filled and historically inaccurate, with giving her acting a career a major boost, but she only took the job because she needed to pay her bills.

“When I started my career, I was grateful to get the job,” she tells Britain’s ES Magazine. “People would say, ‘The Tudors was so hyper-sexualised, why on earth would you make that decision?’ Well, I made the decision because I was unemployed. I didn’t know what The Tudors was going to be, I didn’t have all 10 scripts; I’d just got a job, for f**k’s sake.”

Natalie goes on to admit she finally feels like she has made it in the acting business after scoring a lead role in new movie The Forest, adding, “It means the work has paid off. First things first, I can pay the bills doing the job I love – my 16-year-old self would be very content with that. But, of course, your ambitions change…

“I’ve had the responsibility of carrying projects on stage and TV, so it was the next thing I had my eyes on, to prove I could do it on film.”

Natalie Dormer

Natalie is also convinced Hollywood is becoming more female-friendly because of the success of films such as The Hunger Games which are fronted by women: “The money men now know that it’s not going to damage their revenue to have a fully fleshed-out, three-dimensional female in the lead. Like, hello, guys? It doesn’t hurt to write for 50 per cent of the population. But, you know, it’s not just the film industry. It’s a society problem – we just have the platform to talk about it in our industry.”