Losing her head opens another Dormer window
IT’S safe to say Natalie Dormer won’t be making an appearance in the third season of The Tudors. Dormer, 26, plays Anne Boleyn, who meets her fate at the end of the second season when her husband, Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), orders her execution.
The London-based actor won’t be sitting around twiddling her thumbs, though, because her racy portrayal of Boleyn caught the attention of Hollywood. Early this year she finished work on X-Files creator Chris Carter’s film Fencewalker.
‘‘It was a wonderful experience. It was nice to finally shake off the corset,’’ Dormer says.
She describes the two years she spent filming The Tudors as a real roller-coaster ride for her and Rhys Meyers.
‘‘The simple way of putting it is that Anne, as a character, grew up. She went from a young girl and an ingenue to a woman,’’ Dormer says.
‘‘As a parallel, I got the role when I was 24 and I’m now nearly 27, so I can distinctly see how I have grown up and I see myself now as more of a woman than a girl.’’
The Tudors, shot in Dublin with Irish country estates doubling as English locations, is not a typical buttoned-up period drama and has been both lauded and criticised for its opulence, sex and loose adherence to facts.
‘‘I think the whole attitude of (creator and writer) Michael Hirst, and the whole production, was to deconstruct your classical costume drama. People have said, quite simply, we sexed it up. But I think it’s more than that, I think it’s just a dirtier, more raw handling of history, which I think audiences have responded to,’’ she says.
‘‘Certain human characteristics are timeless, aren’t they? And I think that’s just the nature of this show — it highlights and embraces that. All those visceral urges, whether it’s sex or avarice or spirituality . . . whatever it is.’’
She says that though she was playing a historical character she felt she could take some artistic licence.
‘‘The joy of playing Anne Boleyn, even though she’s sort of a figurehead in history, there’s very little primary evidence of who the woman was on a personal level,’’ she says.
‘‘Not much evidence exists. So you have that wonderful contradiction of most people knowing who she is, but sort of being able to, with the help of Michael Hirst, completely create her personality.
‘‘It was very important to me to find the vulnerability and spirituality of Anne.’’
Natalie Dormer as Anne in The Tudors.