Natalie Dormer: Female empowerment isn’t always sexy

Actress Natalie Dormer is proud that The Hunger Games films are breaking down the “misconception” that female empowerment needs a “sexual” element.

The Game of Thrones star joined the franchise in third instalment The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and will return in the final film, which hits cinemas in November (15). Jennifer Lawrence takes the lead as hero Katniss Everdeen and is hailed the world over as a strong role model for young girls. Co-star Natalie wholeheartedly agrees.

“Some men have a misconception that female empowerment has to have a sexual (element) to it,” she explained to SciFiNow magazine. “It has to be the sexy ninja in her tight leather pants or whatever. There’s a place for that in the entertainment industry, of course there is. But Katniss Everdeen is a role model because she’s a real human being. She’s a real teenage girl with flaws and foibles and unsavoury parts of her character. She’s the reluctant heroine, the reluctant hero. And so that means it’s accessible to young women, and importantly for the guys in Hollywood who finance movies.”

Natalie believes that now investors have seen how successful these types of stories are, they’ll be more open to funding similar strong female films.

Jennifer has also been a brave voice for women, recently penning an open letter about pay inequality in Hollywood. While she’s in a place where she can speak up now, she believes it’s harder for up-and-coming stars.

“I was having a conversation with somebody about the struggles of the kind of weight in the industry, because I know that that’s something I talk nonstop about, and they said, ‘But all of the main movies stars aren’t really underweight,'” she recalled. “‘All of you guys -‘ and I said, ‘Well, yeah, because once you get to a certain place people will hire you and they just want you to be in the movie, so they don’t care.’ It’s more of a struggle for the actors and actresses who have not made it to a certain place where they’re hired for all kinds of roles, no matter what, and there’s a lot of pressure.”

– Cover Media