Men still have trouble recognizing, that a woman can be complex, can have ambition, good looks, sexuality, erudition, and common sense. A woman can have all those facets, and yet men, in literature and in drama, seem to need to simplify women, to polarize us as either the whore or the angel.
"At the moment, I’m in a fascinating position," says Natalie Dormer. "When I see a fan coming over, I can’t help but make an assumption about what they want to talk about. A middle-aged American woman will head over, and I think, Game of Thrones. Turns out it’s The Tudors or Elementary or The Hunger Games. It’s always a surprise." Dormer means a lot to a lot of people right now. She’s Margaery Tyrell in GoT, Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty in Elementary, and this autumn she plays the journalist Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. But she’s suitably humble about her extraordinary success. "It’s special, she says. "I’m enjoying the ride." - Natalie Dormer