THE AV INTERVIEW: TAMZIN MERCHANT (DRAGONHEART 3, THE TUDORS, SALEM, GOD HELP THE GIRL)

ANDERSONVISION: What is it like trading realistic period pieces for fantasy period pieces? TAMZIN MERCHANT: Doing a period piece you have to play the period but make it...
THE AV INTERVIEW: TAMZIN MERCHANT (DRAGONHEART 3, THE TUDORS, SALEM, GOD HELP THE GIRL) 1

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ANDERSONVISION: 
What is it like trading realistic period pieces for fantasy period pieces?

TAMZIN MERCHANT: 
Doing a period piece you have to play the period but make it relatable
for a modern audience, which is a craft in itself. And doing a fantasy
piece (both in Dragonheart and in Salem) you have to play the reality of
the fantasy as well as playing the period, so there’s that extra layer on
top. Either way the costumes are always awesome in a period piece, and
even more so in a fantasy piece so you can get lost in the adventure and
hopefully bring the audience along with you.
ANDERSONVISION:

Do you feel that younger British actresses get pushed into damsel roles?
TAMZIN MERCHANT:
For sure we do. I think the key is to fight against that. Sometimes you
fight against it in a really swashbuckling style for example by taking
down a bunch of Pict Slave-Drivers with a sword and a dagger and a very
Andy-Murray inspired battle-cry... and other times you have to fight that
damsel-trap in other ways, like by making a character witty and sharply
funny rather than drippy. Sometimes you’re fighting against the script,
the Director and the Studio to try to make a Damsel less distressed... But
in Dragonheart it was supercool to be able to go full-pelt Celtic warrior
on those bastards' asses.
ANDERSONVISION:
Congrats on being on the cover of Belle and Sebastian's latest album. 
How did that all come together?
TAMZIN MERCHANT:
Thanks. Well I guess Stuart liked me when he was casting his film God Help the Girl 
and then when he wanted someone to be in the artwork on the awesome new Belle and Sebastian 
album, he thought of me. It is really such a wonderful thing to be part of. I LOVE their music.
The new album is super.
ANDERSONVISION:
What about the "Dragonheart" franchise enticed you to join the third film?

TAMZIN MERCHANT:
It’s a hugely fun story, witty script, Colin Teague and Julian Morris are 
both fantastic plus I got to do cool stuff like fighting Picts and evil Druids. 
And do a Scottish accent. And dye my hair red. And the first Dragonheart film is 
an absolute childhood classic so who wouldn’t want to be part of that universe? 
Lucky me!

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