Natalie Dormer on Shaving her Head to Play Cressida in Mockingjay - Part 1

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When it comes to Hunger Games fashion, we’ve come to expect some pretty bold looks, and the latest installment certainly doesn’t disappoint.

While much of Mockingjay – Part 1 is spent underground in the depths of District 13, thanks to some Capitol transplants the over-the-top aesthetic makes it way into the rebel forces. Case in point: Natalie Dormer’s character, Cressida, a filmmaker who's tasked with directing the Mockingjay propaganda films that will be broadcast throughout the districts.

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In contrast to many of the starkly dressed citizens of District 13, her shaved head and intricate tattoo certainly stands out. “I think that the tattoo that [author] Suzanne Collins came up with is a nice nod to [Cressida's] aesthetic past,” says Dormer, who spoke about her character during a press conference in New York City.  “She’s come from the Capitol to join the freedom fighters and bring the districts together to fight Snow, so I think it was an aesthetic comment on the psychology behind her.”

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Die-hard fans may notice that they decided to only partially shave her head instead of making her completely bald, a change that came as a relief for Dormer. "Thankfully I didn't have to shave my whole head," says Dormer. "[director] Frances Lawrence is amazing for that!"

See Dormer in action as Cressida when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opens in theaters November 21.

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