Los­ing her head opens an­other Dormer win­dow

Herald Sun - Switched On - - News - ALICE WASLEY

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.’’

Fast Bo­leyn:

Natalie Dormer as Anne in The Tu­dors.

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