Natalie Dormer’s “resting bitch face”

Natalie Dormer covers the December issue of FLARE. Dormer plays Cressida in Mockingjay: Part 1. You also know her as Margaery in Game Of Thrones. And you may have met her as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors. Or maybe you just love her look – she buzzed half her head for The Hunger Games. Here’s what I love about her look. She doesn’t look like sweetness, does she? And she knows it. When asked about always playing “femme fatale” characters, her response:

“Is it the bitchy resting face?”

I like it when a girl knows she has one. I also like that she, like so many Brits, has no problem dropping a “c-nt” into a sentence. Specifically, in this case, in film and television, men are allowed to be complicated, to be provocative, to be amoral, to be C-NTS, but women?

"We don’t have enough young, female antiheroes. We don’t accept women as antiheroes the way we do the men. Unless there's a family get-out clause. We accept women being complete c-nts if they’re doing it for a child.”

I wrote about this last month in my review of Rosamund Pike’s performance in Gone Girl – click here for a refresher. Amy Dunne is a c-nt. Why can’t there be more Amy Dunnes?

There’s a pragmatism about Dormer too that’s really appealing. In particular, how she sees Hollywood, the industry, and she’s not all that precious about pretending it’s just the “craft” and not an enterprise:

“I hear the calls a director makes, and I see audition tapes, and when you start out, it’s this narcissistic thing of ‘It’s all about me and my art.’ But then you step outside of it and it is show business: it is a business.”

The December issue of FLARE featuring Natalie Dormer is available on Next Issue today and will be on newsstands the week of November 17.

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