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Natalie Dormer: I’m all for equality

Natalie Dormer is a proud feminist and finds it disturbing that the word has attracted such negative connotations.

The Hunger Games: Mockingkay – Part I actress has revealed in a new interview she is proud to be associated with the term, and enjoys standing up for equality between men and women. Natalie also believes the movie industry is starting to realise that women are just as powerful actors on the big screen as their male co-stars.

“I’m a feminist in the true sense of the word. It’s about equality,” Natalie said during an interview with website The Daily Beast.

“Women are over 50 per cent of the population. Mockingjay is one of the few films that actually represents us. What we’re aiming for in the industry is not to go, ‘Girl power! Wave the flag!’ We want to get to a place where the gender is irrelevant, because then it’s about the personality, and about the story.

“I’m glad that cinema is catching up to what television has known for a while: that three-dimensional, complex women get an audience engaged as much as the men. “

However, Natalie admitted she finds it disturbing that the word “feminist” has developed some negative connotations in recent years. And the 32-year-old insists the term is just an umbrella phrase to describe equality between the sexes.

“It really is crazy that the word ‘feminist’ can have negative connotations in 2014. It upsets me that the younger generation of women think it’s a dirty word, and associate it with a kind of militantism or a sense of female superiority. It’s not. It just means liberation, and equality.”

Natalie also spoke in the interview about the amount of female nudity in her hit television show Game of Thrones. And while the flesh on show is one of the reasons the programme has become such a hit, Natalie joked it shouldn’t always be the female stars of the series stripping off.

“During the first season Alfie, Richard, and several of the men got naked - although not all the way,” Natalie said. “I suppose it’s just the rules of broadcast television, isn’t it? I think Thrones has been better than your average show with the equality, but they could definitely ramp it up! Absolutely.”

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