Why 'Game Of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Turned Down 'Fifty Shades'
Emilia Clarke has revealed the blockbuster role she turned down -- and her reasons behind it.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the 'Game of Thrones' star got candid on her choice of future roles -- spilling that she turned down the role of Anastasia Steele in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in 2015 as she didn’t want to be known for on-screen nudity.
Praising the film's director Sam Taylor-Johnson and calling her a "magician" with "a beautiful vision", Clarke added that following her nude scenes for 'Game of Thrones', she had decided against stripping off for another role.
“The last time that I was naked on camera on [Game of Thrones] was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman. And it’s annoying as hell and I’m sick and tired of it because I did it for the character — I didn’t do it so some guy could check out my [breasts], for God’s sake,” she said.
“So, that coming up, I was like, ‘I can’t,’” she continued.
“I did a minimal amount and I’m pigeonholed for life, so me saying yes to that, where the entire thing is about sensuality and sex and being naked and all of that stuff, I was just like, ‘No way am I going to voluntarily walk into that situation and then never be able to look someone in the eye and be like, ‘No, you can’t keep asking me this question'."
Clarke had previously told THR that she had "done nudity before and was concerned with being labelled for doing it again."
Dakota Johnson eventually landed the role of Anastasia Steele, while Jamie Dornan played Christian Grey in the film and its two sequels, 'Fifty Shades Darker' and 'Fifty Shades Freed'.
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Clarke recently wrapped up her role as Daenerys Targaryen after a decade on hit series 'Game of Thrones'. Ahead of the show's finale, Clarke posted an emotional message to her Instagram, which read:
“Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me."
She continued: "The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice."
"Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you, there is no us. And now our watch has ended."