'Game of Thrones' star Natalie Dormer stuns on the cover of ‘Flare’

Natalie Dormer is having a moment. Besides starring in two enormously popular franchises – Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games – the British actress is Flare’s December cover girl.

Inside the Canadian magazine’s glossy pages, the star stuns in a sultry photo spread that highlights her half-shaved haircut and her edgy sense of style.

(Photos: David Roemer; Styling: Simone Konu)

The looks are a far cry from what we’re used to seeing the actress wear on screen, which ranges from medieval garb (she’s known for tackling period pieces) to military wear (in the upcoming Hunger Games film.)

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“It was such a relief to be running around in pants and army boots!” she tells Flare’s editor-in-chief, Cameron Williamson, in a behind-the-scenes video.

When asked about her acting choices, the 32 year old laments the lack of strong female characters on television.

“We don’t have enough young, female antiheroes. We don’t accept women as antiheroes the way we do the men,” she says. “Unless there’s a family get-out clause,” citing Katey Sagal’s character in Sons of Anarchy and Tatiana Maslany’s in Orphan Black as female characters that are allowed to be mean for the sake of their children.

It's clear that Natalie, who has been dating director Anthony Byrne for seven years, sees acting as her calling.

“I was a daydreamer as a kid," she says. "I want to act because of whatever artistic bone is in my body. I want to explore what it is to be alive.”

The December issue of Flare featuring Natalie Dormer is available on Next Issue today and will be on newsstands next week.

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