After Game of Thrones has faced some backlash for its gratuitous sex scenes and portrayal of female characters, actress Natalie Dormer (aka. Joffrey’s ex-wife Margaery) has jumped to the show’s defence.
And, in Dormer’s opinion, male actors suffer from just as much objectification as women do.
Asked about her personal experience of sexism as an actress, Dormer said:
My personal experience has been to work on phenomenal jobs in which the men are objectified as much as the women. Actors suffer from it, too. Wasn’t there a thing about Aidan Turner in Poldark? It’s a visual medium, so to a certain extent you get judged on the way you look.
Dormer, who is currently promoting new BBC 2 drama The Scandalous Lady W where she plays the lead role, added that actors are often typecast due to their physicality, and casting decisions aren’t always made on whether they are seen as attractive.
Speaking to the Radio Times, she added:
We’re not just talking about being slim here. We’re talking about character actors with big eyes getting typecast in the ‘friend’ role. It’s not just about bed-ability: it’s about your physicality more generally.
Earlier this week, in an interview with the Telegraph, Dormer also defended the way the series presented sex in a “real and dirty” way instead of glamourising it like so many other TV shows and films do.
The actress has faced some backlash for her comments, although she did concede in the Radio Times interview that ageism continues to be a problem for women in the industry.