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Natalie Dormer Appalled by 'Game of Thrones' Co-Star Sophie Turner's TV Watch List

Natalie Dormer's mouth hung open in sheer disbelief. She could not believe the words spewing out of her teen co-star Sophie Turner's mouth at the "Game of Thrones" junket last week in Beverly Hills, Calif. Clearly shocked, Dormer exclaimed, "Are you serious? We can't be friends anymore."

Judging by her reaction, you'd think Turner was divulging Season 3's biggest secrets. But all of you who fear spoilers can exhale, as she did not reveal who her character's groom will be, whether she'll ever escape King's Landing, if she'll reunite with her Stark siblings again, or if she is on the receiving end of any more of King Joffrey's punishments. Nope, all Turner did to horrify Dormer was admit she is "a fiend" for "Jersey Shore," "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," and "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

"Is this a generational thing? Am I showing my age?" questioned Dormer, who eschews reality TV in favor of more critically acclaimed fare like "House of Cards" or "Breaking Bad." Turner just shrugged off her judgment and reminded her, "Opposites attract, Natalie."

As they giggled about their differences, it was clear that the increase in shared screen time in the third installment of "GoT" has made these two actresses closer, and that the protective older-sister dynamic that Margaery Tyrell (Dormer) finds with Sansa Stark (Turner) has crept into their real lives. Turner, 17, often let Dormer, 31, give the first answer to journalists' questions, and Dormer often commented from a place of "been there, done that, just you wait."

Like when the subject of fanatic series supporters came up. "Soph' has been spoiled because her first experience of a fanbase is the 'Game of Thrones' fanbase. They are incredibly supportive, enthusiastic, and there's this lovely cross-pollination between people who love the books and people who have discovered the story through the show," she declared, turning her glacial blue gaze at Turner, who coincidentally shares a very similar striking eye color. "Like, you've really been spoiled. It is a cultural pivotal moment, and how amazing to be part of that. It's only downhill from here."

Dormer also mentioned, but only after getting the OK from Turner, that Turner got a dose of downhill when a recent birthday made her eligible for adult schedules and regulations. "She's no longer doing child hours. This is the first season that Soph' had to do the same hours as everyone else and it came as a shock. I was like, 'Do you want a coffee? Welcome to my world, the world of wig fitting at 4 a.m.,'" Dormer recalled. "But you totally used it, darling -- that weariness and tiredness."

Turner, who jokingly accused Dormer of enjoying "watching her be tortured," agreed that it came in handy as she brought this "broken human being" to life again: "[In] Season 1, you have this innocent, naive, enthusiastic 13-year-old girl. Skip to [Season] 3: You notice a huge difference. She doesn't do everything wholeheartedly like she did before. She doesn't have the same spring in her step. She carries herself differently. She doesn't want to look like this, but she has to. If she looked any different, Joffrey or the queen would punish her. She is totally broken, emotionally and physically. She is nothing like me, to be honest, but I have total empathy with her."

Luckily for Sansa, the Tyrells -- in the form of Margaery, who is now destined to become Joffrey's queen, and her wise and influential grandmother, Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg) -- have come to King's Landing, and in them she finds potential allies. "The Tyrells have a plan, and Sansa thinks she has a plan. When Sansa meets Lady Olenna, she is very educated, and Sansa believes she knows how to play the game. Margaery offers this protective, motherly figure because Margaery educates Sansa," Turner said. "I really like the relationship between them because they're manipulated into becoming friends, which they would have done [anyway] if they had met in any other circumstance. It is a little bittersweet between them."

Dormer continued, "They are two young, personable, intelligent, sensitive women in quite a scary situation. It would be oh so much nicer and more reassuring if they could actually be friends, but unfortunately it is not up to them to decide, because they are both pawns in a bigger game. It is sort of a big-sister dynamic: 'Let me take care of you. Listen to me.' The Tyrells move in to take on the Lannisters, and poor old [Sansa] is smack in the middle of that. We are trying to win her over to us."

Margaery is also trying to win over the kingdom -- flashing warm smiles, visiting orphans, trying to bond with Cersei, seducing her future husband with skimpy silks and complimenting his big crossbow. Dormer described her character as "very pragmatic, sincere, and [full] of warmth." When asked if she thought it was all an act, she gave it careful consideration. "I'm not playing it as insincere." Turner added, "Margaery may feel she is using Sansa sometimes, even though they have this friendship. It will be difficult to deceive the other because they are so close. They are friends, but maybe with different intentions."

Dormer felt that theory could be applied series-wide. "Whether you're talking about Tyrion or Littlefinger, the ambiguity of motivation is what makes the characterizations and plots so interesting." she remarked. "You can't quite define people. There aren't goodies and baddies, [except] when you talk about Joffrey; just people just trying to survive. They might not want to betray or hurt someone, but everyone's finding that events are bigger than them. Reversal of fortune -- what Season 3 is all about."

'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington is just fine with being nude on screen

He will draw his, er, sword.

“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington has no qualms about doing nude scenes, and fans can expect to see his character, beleaguered swordsman Jon Snow, in the buff sometime this season.

“I signed a nudity clause way back when, so I knew at some point it’s going to happen and I won’t spoil it for your readers for when it does,” Harington told the Daily News. “I’m fine with nudity actually. I think it’s one of those things ... you take off your robe and there you are nude.

“And there’s a hundred people watching you and after the first 30 seconds, everyone’s seen everything. I’m quite happy to strut around naked after that.”

The 26-year-old is quick to point out that when his black cloak is on, almost all the sword-fighting his character does as a member of the Night’s Watch was really him and not a stuntman — despite an ankle injury he suffered.

“We just adapted it so that all the people fighting me come to me, rather than me coming to them,” he says. “It actually worked quite well. It really wasn’t too bad.”

He admits the injury he suffered just months before filming for the new season began had nothing to do with his prowess with a blade.

“I broke my ankle quite badly in three or four places and it was two months before we started filming, so I was very, very angry and I thought it was going to disrupt the filming,” says Harington, who confesses that the cause was a less-than-heroic fall from the bedroom window of his London flat after a night out.

“If I hadn’t been so dosed up on morphine in the hospital and felt like telling everyone the truth, I might have come up with a better story,” he says, laughing.

The injury didn’t hurt the production of “Game of Thrones,” the third season of which premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO. The real wizards of “Game of Thrones” — showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — used an occasional body double for distant shots of Snow running through the snow in Iceland, where much of the filming of the fantasy series takes place.

There have been few other missteps for the actor, who first rode to fame in the London production of “War Horse.”

“I think for my first ‘Game of Thrones’ audition I had a black eye. I don’t remember what happened but it made me look a bit tougher than not having a black eye I guess,” he says.

Fans of the handsome actor will get to see another side of him, as cameras are about to start rolling on his first major big-screen starring role, alongside Kiefer Sutherland in director Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii.”

And if you measure success by the number of photographers snapping him on the streets of London, Harington is on the rise.

“Of course, it’s a big shock to the system when it first does happen to you, when you’re walking in the street and somebody is taking photos of you,” he says. “It’s nice when people come up to you and recognize you from your work and that’s always a really flattering thing.

“I wanted to be an actor and I’m lucky enough to have some degree of success, and if this the bad side that comes with it, I’m happy to put up with it.’ ”

Game of Thrones, Charles Dance interview: ‘I treat Peter Dinklage appallingly’

As the third season of Game of Thrones gets under way, Dance spoke to about fanatical fans, why the series has been such a phenomenal success, and why he’s constantly apologising to Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) on set ...

Telegraph: How would you describe the role your character, Tywin Lannister?
Charles Dance:
(Laughing). I have trouble enough remembering last week ... I don’t know. I sit around being mean to people and ordering their deaths.

Did your scenes with Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) show a softer side in season two?
He’s a sweetheart really, beneath that granitelike exterior, he’s fudge-like in the middle (laughing). Softish ... but not too soft. He doesn’t want anything that will upset the status quo, or topple his position.

Do you like your own character?
[Thinking] Hmmm, I spent a lot of time [between takes] apologising to Peter Dinklage [Dance’s on-screen son, Tyrion Lannister] because I treat him appallingly, I treat him like s---. But the quality of writing in the series is paramount. That’s probably why all of us are involved in this and all of us are quite so loyal to it, because we don’t have to expend a lot of energy trying to make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear. The quality of the writing is really good, and that’s what makes playing a character so enjoyable, whether he’s heroic or villainous.

The tag-line for the last season of Game of Thrones was Five Kings, One Throne. What does the series say about power?
Power is always a corrupting influence. In this mythical time – let’s call it medieval, feudal – people in power are dictatorial and don’t want their positions of power to be threatened. People like Tywin Lannister are very much victims of that system, and of that environment: ‘This is my place, don’t threaten it’. I don’t know how relevant that is to today. Politics is the most corrupt profession on earth, no matter where you are.

Have you read any of the books?
I have to admit that I haven’t read any of the books and I don’t refer to them. Apart from anything else they’re about very thick [in size] and they frighten me. A terrifying prospect. Because [writers] Dan Weiss and David Benioff have done such a great job in adapting them, that’s what we work with. It serves no purpose to anybody for actors to come onto a set with a well-thumbed copy of the source material and start querying why this or that line has been left out of the script. It’s probably been left out for a good reason.

Do you still feel a difference between shooting movies and TV shows?
The job is exactly the same, it just goes on for longer on TV. Most feature films are 35-40 shooting days. This has 10 parts, with different directors for each block. We shoot with two, sometimes three cameras. On an independent film you’re lucky if you get one, but ostensibly the job is the same. There’s very little difference, apart from the knowledge that there’s a captive audience at the end of it – which you can’t always guarantee with a movie.

Have you come across any fanatical fans?
There is a huge fan base, they’re very knowledgeable and very loyal. I was astonished – before I started working on the series I didn’t know anything about Game of Thrones. I hadn’t heard of the books. When it started going out, people were coming up to me in the street saying [fake cockney accent] ‘oh, Game of Thrones, f------ wonderful’.

Have you been to any fan conventions?
I’ve done a couple of fan conventions and [the fans] are legion. They’re rather like Star Wars or Star Trek fans. We’re very glad of the loyal fans – but it’s a strange way to spend your life, dressing up like Star Wars. At least we change our costumes – I don’t spend 40 years dressed up as Tywin Lannister.

Why has Game of Thrones been such a success?
It starts with the writing – which is really, really good. And the production values are phenomenal. HBO and Sky have spent money on it, and you get what you pay for. This has money put into it properly – not lavish amounts – but as each season is successful, they maintain the money that’s being spent to maintain the quality.

Doesn’t that always happen with successful series?
It doesn’t necessarily happen in this country. We get a successful television series or something, and next season they give you less time and less money, which is something I’ve never really understood. That doesn’t happen with Game of Thrones.

Do you have a favourite moment or scene you’ve acted in so far?
A lot, but especially the scenes I had with little Maisie [Williams, in season two], who’s phenomenally gifted. I think she was 13 at the time. Her understanding of the medium and what the character was about [was brilliant]. She’s just a joy to work with, really extraordinary.

What can we expect from season three?
I am made Hand of the King which gives me an enormous amount of power, which I use quite ruthlessly – but skilfully – and Dame Diana Rigg joins us [playing political mastermind the Queen of Thorns] and we have a couple of really good sparring moments.

Finally, who wears the trousers in the Lannister family?
I do

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