Natalie Dormer: Margaery Tyrell is a Westerosi Kardashian


Natalie Dormer is making the interview rounds for her latest project, The Scandalous Lady W. But with several historical dramas under her belt, it’s not surprising that her interview with The Express quickly turned to her most popular costume drama role, that Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones.

Dormer is very proud of Margaery, a character who have no POV in the books, and was something of a mystery to readers until Dormer brought her and her motivations to life on the screen.

“[Margaery is t]he most modern of all the characters in Game Of Thrones. She is very much a PR genius. Now she would be one of those It girls, tweeting and Instagramming their latest dresses and raising money for orphanages by running half-marathons. She’d be rivalling Kim Kardashian for numbers of followers on Twitter and Instagram!”

Now I know most people are probably shuddering at the mere sight of that “famous for the sake of being famous” last name appearing here on our most holy of pages. But Dormer’s not half wrong. After all, we must remember that Tyrion was not a bad Hand of the King. But because he never tried to manage his PR, most of King’s Landing thought of him as evil and twisted and half-man, half-animal, and blamed him for the terrible decisions Cersei and Joffrey made that he was merely trying to clean up. Margaery, and by extension the Tyrell clan, are beloved by the city. The show doesn’t emphasize it, but part of what drives Cersei to go see Margaery the day she is arrested is the gnawing irritation of the people in the street calling for their beloved Queen’s release. Contrast that to Cersei’s Walk of Shame, and you’ll realize that even though the two of them share much in common—including the belief that the title “The Queen” somehow protects them from the law—the good PR Margaery generated by sitting with orphaned children and handing out money and food is doing wonders for her image.

As to why Dormer has been so successful in branching out from the Game of Thrones franchise into other projects, such as The Hunger Games, she claims it’s the show that gave her the boost, not the other way around.

“Thrones has helped us all. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in that cast who hasn’t had a great springboard from the show. It’s given us all a boost. We bring something to Thrones and Thrones brings something to us. It’s the perfect marriage.”

May it continue to be a little more like her marriage to Tommen, and never be like the one she might have had to Joffrey if Olenna hadn’t intervened.

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