Emilia Clarke Says She’s Been Pressured to Film More Nude Scenes After 'Game of Thrones'
This comes after the actress had her nude body on display throughout much of the first season of GOT.
Actress Emilia Clarke told fellow actor and host of the Armchair Expert podcast Dax Shepard that she learned how to keep autonomy over her body pretty quickly after being thrown into the nude-scene deep-end on Game of Thrones. However, because of her Thrones nude scenes, Clarke said many people have tried to pressure her into on-screen nudity for other projects, even using the possible “disappointment of her Thrones fans” as leverage.
And, um, that’s just gross.
Just because she appeared nude in Thrones does not mean Clarke is down to get naked for whatever project. She told Shepard that it took a lot of convincing herself to actually go through with that first season of Thrones because there was a “fuck-ton of nudity,” as she bluntly explained. (On the flip side, Maisie Williams had to hide her body on the show.)
“I approached [it] as a job—if it’s in the script, then it’s clearly needed, this is what this is, and I’m gonna make sense of it…Everything’s gonna be cool,” she said of tackling the on-screen nudity in Thrones.
But actually doing the whole nudity thing was easier said than done for Clarke, who was fresh out of drama school when she landed the part of Daenerys Targaryen.
"I'd been on a film set twice before then, and I'm now on a film set completely naked with all of these people, and I don't know what I'm meant to do and I don't know what's expected of me, and I don't know what you want and I don't know what I want," Clarke told Shepard. (The actress also struggled with low-self esteem after her brain surgery following two aneurysms.)
But thanks to her costar Jason Momoa, who played her first on-screen love interest, Khal Drogo, Clarke learned she could set her own rules about how much of her body would actually be on display. “It was definitely hard,” she said of on-screen nudity as a whole. “Which is why the scenes, when I got to do them with Jason, were wonderful, because he was like, ‘No, sweetie, this isn’t okay.’ And I was like, ‘Ohhhh.'”
As Game of Thrones fans ourselves, we would never be disappointed in Emilia Clarke for opting out of scenes that make her feel uncomfortable.
And yes, we speak for all Thrones fans when we say that. If you’re disappointed that Clarke isn’t getting naked in her upcoming films and TV shows, then you’re not a real fan of Emilia Clarke. There. We said it.
This story originally appeared on HelloGiggles.com by Olivia Harvey.