How Did Natalie Dormer Manage to Boss Around Jennifer Lawrence?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Natalie Dormer, an actress best known for her work on Game of Thrones, makes her Hunger Games debut in Mockingjay – Part 1. In the film, Natalie plays Cressida, a no-nonsense member of the resistance who directs propaganda films promoting Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss as a symbol of the resistance against the Capitol’s rulers. Natalie recently spoke with us about her adventures in the blockbuster film series and revealed why Jennifer can be a “terrible” jokester on set.

    Allie Merriam: In Mockingjay Part 1, Natalie Dormer joins the cast as Cressida, a documentary filmmaker tasked with making tightness, the symbol of resistance.

    So you play a director on a set where of course there is a director --Natalie Dormer: Is a director on a set. So how did that look?

    Allie Merriam: Is it interesting with Francis Lawrence like, well, you kind of have it or have that work out?

    Natalie Dormer: No, no. I watch Francis a lot. Francis was great because he encouraged me to come away from this script and ad-lib. He was like -- order your camera guys around in the middle of the scene, like stop Katniss in the middle of a sentence when we are shooting not proper, and so tell Jen to stop the sentence, order for Nick to do stand over there. Do whatever you feel and I was like, are you sure? Are you sure? And he was -- and Francis was like, totally and actually a lot of it made into the movie like the hosting sequence when we are coming off the hovercraft into District 12. It was really lovely of Francis to give me that freedom because it really did make me feel well if I was in control of the situation.

    Katniss: You're all from the Capitol? Plutarch got you out?

    Cressida: Don't expect much chitchat from him. The Capitol cut his tongue out years ago.

    Allie Merriam: Now you said before that Jennifer Lawrence just cracked everyone up on set, so what exactly did she do in some of those scenes?

    Natalie Dormer: It's like a fraught or a sovereignty kind of like in jokes, trying to explain them to somebody else, it doesn't really translate very well. I mean we were all with each other for the best part of nearly a year. So it's like a lot of in jokes and like ribbing and it's kind of a hard thing. Just know that Jennifer Lawrence is a terrible one for making you laugh at the most inappropriate moments and Woody Harrelson will take it right up to when the camera is rolling to mess with your head.

    Allien Merriam: It sounds like an amusing combo.

    Natalie Dormer: Yeah. Well when you are doing subject matter like this, it's good to lighten the load occasionally.