Natalie Dormer, the actress who plays Margaery Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones, appears in the April issue of GQ with some racy photos that provide you with an eyeful of just how adventurous this self-proclaimed “bed monster” can be.
Warning: This article contains Game of Thrones spoilers.
Described in the article as an adrenaline junkie and recovering tomboy, Dormer sports a partially shaved head, a hairdo that she debuted at the 2014 Screen Actors’ Guild Awards this past January. Natalie will be playing Cressida in the upcoming final two movies in The Hunger Games franchise, and the partially shaved ‘do was how the former Capitol turned rebel documentarian wears her hair in the film.
“I love going out of my comfort zone—I live to go out of my comfort zone,” said Dormer. “Obviously, you have quieter years than others—you don’t go jumping out of a plane every day.”
The haircut was certainly out of her comfort zone at first. Back in January, Natalie told People magazine, “I was a little bit nervous [about shaving it], because as women for some weird reason we have a lot of our identity bound up in our hair. But just to get rid of it was liberating.” Dormer is likely no stranger to being scantily clad, having a role on Game of Thrones, which tends to display more than its fair share of actors in birthday suits. In Game of Thrones, Dormer’s character Margaery favors dresses with very low frontal cuts, which lends to her sultry and mischievous personality.
Dormer’s Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie recently told the Daily Star about filming her “terrifying” nude scene for last year’s season. “I was naked in a cave with about 30 men watching!” She also mentions that her father now refuses to watch that season of Game of Thrones, something she’s perfectly fine with.
Game of Thrones returns this Sunday, April 6, with the premiere episode titled ‘Two Swords.’ This season covers the second half of George R.R. Martin’s novel A Storm of Swords, part of the Song of Ice and Fire series. In the tail end of the novel, a royal wedding is set to take place, when Dormer’s Margaery will become Queen of the Realm once she weds King Joffrey Baratheon.
In season 3, Margaery was previously married to King Renly Baratheon, but the marriage was never consummated, something that was excused by the difficulties of the war being waged between the various self proclaimed kings in the realm (thus the title, Game of Thrones). When King Renly was mysteriously murdered, the Tyrells immediately offered her hand to King Joffrey.
[Images via GQ]