Interview: Behind the scenes in Rome with Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer
1st October 2014
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Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer has taken part in Contiki Legends, recreating travellers' most inspiring memories. As part of the story, she let us in on her own top travel experiences – from scuba diving to art galleries, Lombok to Berlin... What sort of traveller are you? What are your favourite types of holidays? I love all sorts. I love walking holidays and skiing with friends, but in recent years I've been so busy with work that I’m only able to go on holiday once a year. Lately it’s tended to be somewhere hot to unwind on a beach and scuba dive. Because of my job I get a lot of opportunity to grab a few days here and there in many cool cities for press commitments, magazine shoots and premieres —Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Stockholm, New York, Berlin. I always try to get to a gallery or museum if there's time. Have you ever been to New Zealand, Asia or Canada, and if not are they on your bucket list? I have been to Canada several times. It was autumn when I visited Vancouver and I will always remember the colour of the trees in British Columbia were stunning. I have shot in Toronto and find it a very trendy, friendly city. I look forward to having opportunity to go back for the film festival (co-incidentally on right now as I type this). I would love to go to New Zealand and try some of the adventurous stuff to be found in Queenstown. Both my cousin and my brother loved the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. As a family we were all brought up hiking so I'd like to do that. I definitely need to return to Asia. I got to Bali and Lombok last year. The Gili Islands gave me some of my best scuba diving experiences, including tons of turtles. What’s been your most memorable life experience? Travelling down the western coast of India. We travelled down from Mumbai and into Goa and then much further down into Kerala. I loved Kerala – fresh coconut juice every day! The train system in India is chaotic and fun – it's the best way to see the landscape. Being in with all the families and also the odd animal is a colourful experience you’ll never forget. I would love to go to the Himalayas and cross over into Nepal to do the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Tell us about your partnership with Contiki - what attracted you to this project and why did you want to work with a youth travel brand? Now that you're here are you enjoying playing the role of a Contiki legend and giving it the Hollywood treatment? Travel is so important in its capacity to expand the mind. It’s exciting to start as young as possible – you get to see how other cultures live, challenge your senses and try different cuisines. Travel also shows you the diverse wildlife we share this planet with and gives you perspective on just how huge the Earth is.
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