Natalie Dormer signed on to The Forest because she believes it’ll appeal to anyone with inner demons they need to deal with.
The 33-year-old actress stars as twins Jess and Sara Price in the upcoming paranormal movie, about a woman who goes missing in a woodland area in Japan where people go to commit suicide. As soon as she saw the script Natalie knew she needed to be involved because the storyline is something everyone will be able to relate to.
“It was so much fun, it really was,” she told US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. “I loved the psychological element of it. I was fascinated by the premise of the movie, which is basically: imagine a place where you go and all your inner demons get reflected back at you. So all that stuff you really regret, that baggage you’re carrying, like that Christmas card you never sent, or that thing you said to your mother-in-law, imagine it can manifest itself into a monster and come and haunt you. We’ve all got stuff we need to deal with.”
The Forest is set in the Aokigahara forest, which is at the base of Mount Fiji in Japan. It meant Game of Thrones star Natalie spent a great deal of time in the country, which wowed her with toilets that boast heated seats and play music. She also loved how polite the people were, although admitted getting into a few difficulties, as she never knew when to stop bowing to them.
The Aokigahara Forest is a sacred area in the country, with Natalie explaining some of the reasons why it was the perfect setting for the flick. “(It’s a) superstitious place to the Japanese,” she said. “You can get lost very easily, it’s very dense and there’s iron ore under the mountain which messes with your cell phone or your compass so if you go in and it gets dark, you’ve lost connectivity and you’re kinda screwed.”
– Cover Media