Actress Natalie Dormer is proud that The Hunger Games films are breaking down the “misconception” that female empowerment needs a “sexual” element.
The Game of Thrones star joined the franchise in third installment The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and will return in the final film, which hits cinemas in November 12,2015. Jennifer Lawrence takes the lead as hero Katniss Everdeen and is hailed the world over as a strong role model for young girls. Co-star Natalie wholeheartedly agrees.

“Some men have a misconception that female empowerment has to have a sexual (element) to it,” she explained to SciFiNow magazine. “It has to be the sexy ninja in her tight leather pants or whatever. There’s a place for that in the entertainment industry, of course there is. But Katniss Everdeen is a role model because she’s a real human being. She’s a real teenage girl with flaws and foibles and unsavoury parts of her character. She’s the reluctant heroine, the reluctant hero. And so that means it’s accessible to young women, and importantly for the guys in Hollywood who finance movies.