Natalie Dormer is recognizable to television audiences as Margaery Tyrell in 'Game of Thrones', and she will also be seen as the legendary Irene Adler in an upcoming guest arc on CBS's 'Elementary'. Dormer is featured in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, and she opens up about her roles in both television shows.
When talking about her upcoming role as Irene Adler, she says, "It’s a real privilege to be asked to play that one woman who has gotten under Sherlock’s skin." She adds, "Occasionally, two personalities bump into each other and this mad chemical reaction happens — and not just sexual. Obviously because of the nature of Sherlock Holmes, it’s cerebral as well.... Irene brings out an entirely different side of his personality that no one else has yet been privy to. So it’s interesting to see Sherlock go through that turmoil.”
She also talks about her role as Margaery Tyrell on the hit HBO show 'Game of Thrones'. She explains, "The secret with Margaery is to play her as sincere as possible. [For all the actors on the show], the best thing to do is switch off the part of your brain that tries to think three Chess moves in advance or about the many, many layers of subtext that are there. You just trust the writing and trust the direction, play it straight, and then this amazing alchemy happens.”
Dormer refuses to give away any spoilers for either show, but she tells the viewers that they will be rewarded if they keep watching. Of course, for loyal viewers of Game of Thrones, Dormer's performance of Margaery has been one of the highlights of the new season. 'Game of Thrones' airs every Sunday on HBO, and 'Elementary' airs every Thursday on CBS.