Anne Boleyn on The Tudors


in Films and movies, Psychology

I think the casting people for the television show The Tudors managed to exploit human psychology in a couple of clever ways, in casting Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn. Specifically, I think they took advantage of the way in which increasing familiarity with someone makes them more attractive, as well as how seeing other people be attracted to someone makes them more attractive to you.

When I first saw her, she struck me as very distinctive but not especially beautiful. After a few episodes, and the operation of those psychological factors, she both seemed extremely attractive and quite distinct from the large cast of very attractive but less individually distinguishable female characters on the show.

Now, if only would send me fewer scratched, unplayable discs!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

EK June 22, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I love the Tudors! It’s a guilty pleasure. And I agree about Natalie Dormer.

Milan June 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm

You also found her not especially attractive to start with, but more so as the series progressed?

EK June 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Yes, she definitely grew on me.

Sasha June 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I’ve never seen the show myself. If you’ve got a problem with your disks, I’m pretty sure you can stream seasons I and II for free on That way you can use your picks for other things.

Milan June 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Really? The series seems pretty racy for CBC…

EK June 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm is where I watch the Tudors.

Milan June 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I wonder if they censor it at all, compared with the DVD releases…

. June 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

“…CBC technicians have been judiciously cutting and pruning the Canadian/Irish/U.S. co-production of some of its scandalous nudity and its compendium of filthy words.”

“Some scenes … were shot twice and need no cutting. But nude scenes have been darkened or slashed out altogether, and an elaborate system of redubbing nasty words has made the story suitable for the mass audience CBC hopes to attract.” writes Jim Bawden in the Toronto Star.

EK June 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

If you look into it, let me know what you find. I found it to be pretty racy, but I will rent the DVDs if I’m missing anything good!

Milan June 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Unrelated, but interesting:

Tori Amos also says in her interview on Fade to Red that her song “Crucify” from Little Earthquakes was inspired by Anne Boleyn. “I’ve always had a fascination with the beheading of Anne Boleyn. It’s haunted me. I’ve always had a fascination with baptism, water, and Christianity. That’s haunted me too. Of course, because the Protestant Reformation is entwined with Queen Elizabeth’s mother…I guess I’ve always seen Anne Boleyn as the elicit mistress of the Protestant Reformation. I’ve also really been able to see what a powerful force that she was. Um, to be able to be part of a group that broke away from the Catholic church.”

Milli Stansbury July 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Racy? yes. One could even say pornographic, which I usually avoid, but for some reason it seemed to be indicated for this incredible story so well told. I am not history scholar enough to know the departures from truth as hinted in the DVD’s blurb, but it sure made me more knowledgable of the whole history package instead of the bits and pieces in school or encyclopedias. With or without those fabulous costumes.

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