Emilia Clarke has revealed that she felt pressured into her nude Game of Thrones scenes, after bosses urged her not to ‘disappoint her fans’.
During an interview on Armchair Expert with GoT superfan Dax Shepard, the 33-year-old actress talked about being a newbie to Hollywood productions when she landed the role of Daenerys Targaryen — and because of that, she agreed to the extensive nudity asked of her in the first season.
“I’m a lot more savvy [now] with what I’m comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing,” she said.
“I’ve had fights on set before where I’m like, ‘No, the sheet stays up’, and they’re like, ‘You don’t wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans’. And I’m like, ‘F**k you’.”
Emilia said that having been cast in the HBO show “fresh from drama school,” she quickly learned, “Oh, there’s the catch” when she found herself doing numerous nude scenes during Season 1.
But she approached it “like a job” with the mindset of “If it’s in the script, it’s clearly needed” and “everything’s gonna be cool.”
As a newbie, she said she found herself “floating through the first season” with “no idea what I’m doing... I’ve been on a film set twice before then and now I’m on a film set completely naked with all of these people.”
“Regardless of whether there would be nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking I’m not worthy of requiring anything,” for having landed such a dream job.
Though she quickly discovered that Googling herself to see how people felt she was doing in the role wasn’t a great idea either.
“I learned it very early and I don’t look at anything at all ever, ever, ever was because when I did, after Season 1, I just saw articles about like how fat my ass was,” she said. “I was like: I’m a kid, man. Cut me some goddamn slack.”
Emilia, who is starring in the film Last Christmas, said that she’ll be forever grateful to her co-star Jason Momoa for looking out for her in those early days.
She said he took care of her “in an environment in which I didn’t know I needed to be taken care of.”
She recalled him asking someone on the set, “Can we get her f***ing robe? She’s shivering.’ ... He was so kind and considerate and cared about me as a human being.”
And while she agrees that nudity was important for the character, she now has a better sense of how much or little is really necessary as she moves on to her post-GoT roles.
Reporting by Suzy Byrne
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