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Natalie Dormer: 'Actors have to be imperfect'

Natalie Dormer considers internal happiness to be the key to overall contentment.

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has no interest in being perfect, as she leaves that to fashion models.

The 33-year-old is best known for her role as Margaery Tyrell in the hit HBO drama series, and she thinks actors are only able to produce a grounded performance if they are not under pressure.

"Actors are not models," she told Canada's Fashion magazine. "We have to be real people and look quirky and imperfect. Telling stories is a celebration of human nature, which means you’re not perfect inside or outside."

Natalie has given the matter of inner and outer confidence a lot of thought, arguing the modern world is far too obsessed with aesthetics.

"If you’re not happy with the internal you, you’ll never be happy with the external you," she said. "Visual judgement is a part of life, but we have to struggle daily with the fact that it’s what’s inside that should be prioritised."

Confidence is a topic which also relates to her Game of Thrones alter ego, who has worked hard throughout the series to become the Lady of the Seven Kingdoms.

"(Her) strength is that she is so beautifully and cleverly ambitious," Natalie explained. "But ultimately, because she can’t walk away from the game or her ambition, it becomes her biggest undoing."

Indeed, at the end of the last season, series five, Margaery found herself in the custody of the Faith awaiting trial for perjury.

The highly anticipated sixth series of the show is set to return to the small screen in April (16).

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