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Natalie Dormer: I don't need a trainer

Published 04/11/2015

Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer

Actress Natalie Dormer is completely "self-regimented" when it comes to working out.

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer places such "high demands" on herself when she's working out, she has no need for a trainer.

The 33-year-old star prides herself on keeping in shape, not because she wants to look a certain way but rather as she understands how vital being fit is. This means she is driven to work up a sweat when she's exercising, and she doesn't understand people who don't feel the same.

"I don’t have a trainer. I’m entirely self-regimented... I place high demands on myself," she told Women's Health magazine. "After all, if you want to do something, do it properly, else what’s the point?"

Natalie stars as Margaery Tyrell in fantasy TV show Game of Thrones, and while that role doesn't demand too much of her physically, some of her others do. Most notably she joined The Hunger Games franchise as Cressida in Mockingjay: Part 1 last year (14) and will be reprising the character in the upcoming Part 2 later in November (15).

"When you have the likes of Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin standing next to you, you have to be able to keep up," she said of her co-stars. "I’m the kind of person who gets a kick out of physical exertion, when the endorphins kick in. You really feel like you’ve pushed your body and that’s quite refreshing in a role.

"Especially when I’d been playing Margaery Tyrell for the six months previously – sitting around, talking machinations in a silk skirt. Then there I was two months later, dressed in army fatigues, with a half shaved head, running around with a gun with some of the most virile young men you can hope to find on the screen."

The star put her money where her mouth is in 2014, when she ran the London marathon. She completed it and still feels intense pride at the achievement, explaining it was very moving to realise just how much her body could do when she worked hard. It also showed her that worries about her weight and dress size were inconsequential.

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