Natalie Dormer Talks Irene Adler Elementary Guest Arc, Playing Margaery In Game Of Thrones
Natalie Dormer as Irene Adler in 'Elementary' Season 1 -- CBS
Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes was left devastated in last week's "Elementary" by the revelation that the woman he has been grieving, and whose death lead him spiraling down the path of addiction -- Irene Adler -- is actually alive.
And Natalie Dormer, who continues her arc as Irene in the two-hour Season 1 finale tonight, can actually credit her duties as a member of the "Game of Thrones" cast for helping introduce her to the CBS drama -- something that happened at the perfect time.
"It was like serendipity because I'd seen the show on the transatlantic flight. ... I was skimming through all the different TV shows when I was flying over to do 'Game of Thrones' Season 3 press, " Natalie explained to AccessHollywood.com about how she first became familiar with the "Elementary" take on Sherlock Holmes, shortly before being asked to meet with the show's Executive Producer, Robert Doherty.
"It was really peculiar because less than a week later, I had a phone call going, 'Rob Doherty would really like to meet you,'" Natalie continued. "There was kind of like a big secret as to why. They didn't want to go into detail. So I was like, 'This is weird because I just watched the show for the first time on the plane on the way over."
Just like she helped sculpt her role on Showtime series "The Tudors" (where she played Anne Boleyn), Natalie helped craft the "Elementary" version of Irene, and she shared details of her input, with Access , as well as hinted at what's ahead in the show's season finale, which airs tonight at 9 PM on CBS. Natalie also addressed whether she thinks her "Game of Thrones" character, Margaery Tyrell is on par with Varys and Littlefinger, or just plain sincere (or maybe both!).
AccessHollywood.com: You were involved in the decision to make Irene an American like she is in the novels. How did that come about?
Natalie Dormer: I talked to Rob about it and I was like, 'Why not?' (Laughs). Originally, she was. Irene Adler was a Jersey girl. ... I was like, 'Well, let me just play her American.'... The cool thing about Irene Adler is you don't really know who she is or where she comes from. ... If you look into the novels or the incarnations of her -- she's a bit of a con woman, a bit of a wily one herself, so she has an accent, but you can't quite place it, so I [thought], if I can do some kind of general American accent that is like, 'What is that? Where is she from?' -- I was really curious [about] the idea of doing that, especially as it's a British Sherlock in the show.
Access: There is something fascinating about this Renaissance woman, con woman, who is American, who is the one who captured the heart of this [genius] British man...
Natalie: I was in New York even before I went to do 'Elementary' because I was there with the 'Game of Thrones' press tour and I'm so impressed with like East Coast women. London women, we're emancipated... we're waving the flag and we know what we want and we're ambitious, but I don't know, there's almost something always slightly apologetic about us British women, even when we do it. ... Like an emancipated, ambitious, professional East Coast woman is very impressive and she can have a flare and a charisma in your characterization of her that is just sort of innate to coming from that part of the world so I was struck by the idea of doing that.