Male actors are just as objectified as female actors, says 'Game of Thrones' star

In the wake of #MeToo movement, Game of Thrones starlet Natalie Dormer believes male actors are objectified “just as much as women” in the TV and film industry.

Speaking to The Sun, Dormer commented, “Welcome to being an actress under a certain age. But, you know, there are sensitive men in the industry as well — writers, directors, producers.”

She added, “It’s not just men against women… Actors suffer from it, too. It’s a visual medium so to a certain extent, you get judged on the way you look. My personal experience has been to work on phenomenal jobs in which the men are objectified as much as the women.”


The 36-year-old British beauty first starred as Anne Boleyn in racy TV drama The Tudors at just 11 years of age. The actor now says she had no idea how raunchy the show would be at that time.

“People would say to me The Tudors was so hyper-sexualised, why on earth would you make that decision?” said Dormer. “Well, I made the decision because I was unemployed. I didn’t know what The Tudors was going to be, I didn’t have all 10 scripts — I’d just got a job.”


HBO’s Emmy -winning Game of Thrones is often criticised for its sexual and aggressive content as well. Dormer, who played Margaery Tyrell, defended the very same content.

She said, “So long as it’s informing the story, I don’t see the problem. But I think Game of Thrones is quite good in that way. The violence is quite naturalistic. It’s not hyper-stylised. It’s not glamourised. It’s about those raw, visceral qualities of human life.”

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