'GoT' Star Emilia Clarke Said She Was Pressured Into Doing Nude Scenes
Emilia Clarke has revealed that she was coerced into stripping off for 'Game of Thrones' so as not to disappoint fans.
During her time playing Daenerys Targaryen on the hit series, Emilia Clarke bared all more than any other character on the show -- especially when it came to her relationship with Khal Drogo (played by Jason Momoa).
But now, the actress has revealed in an interview with Dax Shepherd's podcast 'Armchair Expert' that after landing the iconic role at the age of 23, as a new actress, she didn't push back against performing nude scenes as she didn't want to "ruffle feathers".
“I took the job and then they sent me the scripts and I was reading them, and I was, like, ‘Oh, there’s the catch!’” she told Shepherd.
“But I’d come fresh from drama school, and 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 continued.
"So I came to terms with that beforehand, but then going in and doing it … I’m floating through this first season and I have no idea what I’m doing, I have no idea what any of this is."
She added, “I’ve never been on a film set like this before, 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.”
Rather than voice her concerns, Clarke said she spent much for the series' first season dealing with any issues privately.
“Regardless of there being nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking I’m not worthy of requiring anything, I’m not worthy of needing anything at all … Whatever I’m feeling is wrong, I’m gonna cry in the bathroom and then I’m gonna come back and we’re gonna do the scene and it’s gonna be completely fine,” she concluded.
However, years later, Clarke now says she now knows what she's comfortable portraying when it comes to nudity -- and wouldn't be afraid to speak up if she felt uneasy.
"I'm a lot savvier with what I'm comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing," Clarke 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--- you.'"
She added that it was her co-star and on-screen lover Jason Momoa who convinced her to speak up about her concerns.
“It was definitely hard,” she said. “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.'”