Emilia Clarke has boobs and a vagina. You might have assumed as much, but judging from the public outcry about last night's episode of Game of Thrones, some people were surprised to see a lady in possession of all her lady bits and, more importantly, not afraid to show them. (Check out more Celebs Who Bared (Almost) All In These Incredible (Nearly) Naked Photos.)
Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, proved that she's as tough as her character when she took a nude stroll through a flaming building. It was a sheer power move, designed to vanquish her enemies both onscreen (the Dothraki) and offscreen (everyone who thinks a woman should be ashamed of her body). Not only did she escape her captors in the most epic way possible by finally getting to use her power of fire invincibility and literally burning the house down with her enemies inside it, but the actress said the scene also freed her in another way.
"It's so exciting, very tingly-making. I just stand up and I go, 'I'm hearing what you're all saying, but funny thing, I'm going to kill you all. I forgot that I have an ace in my back pocket and now I win'," she told Entertainment Weekly about the scene. "This is all me, all proud, all strong. I'm just feeling genuinely happy I said 'Yes.' That ain't no body double!"
But it wasn't just about being naked. Clarke explained that, for her, nudity is a powerful tool that she only wields in a way that will be powerful, not objectifying or demeaning. "In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I'm perfectly fine with it," she wrote on Instagram with a picture from the last time she appeared on the show in the nude. "Sometimes explicit scenes are required and make sense for the characters/story, as they do in Westeros. If it's gratuitous for gratuitous sake, then I will discuss with a director on how to make it more subtle. In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I'm always in control."
I was followed into a party by a journalist who asked me a question about female empowerment and then quoted me entirely out of context for an outlet I didn’t agree to speak with. So I feel now, with the beauty of Instagram I should clarify my statements, if for nothing else than for posterity. In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it. Sometimes explicit scenes are required and make sense for the characters/story, as they do in Westeros. If it’s gratuitous for gratuitous sake, then I will discuss with a director on how to make it more subtle. In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I’m always in control. #dracarys #bodiesmaybetemplesbutmindsarewhatmatter #MODforreal
On the show, Daenerys' bold move won her more allies in her quest; we'd venture to say it also won her a lot hearts in real life too! (We love these Celebs Who Give the Middle Finger to Body Shamers too!)