Fans might have loved the gratuitous nudity on “Game of Thrones,” but not everyone on set was as pleased.
Actress Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO show, revealed that she was pressured to strip down on camera in order to appease “GoT” fans.
Clarke, 33, dropped the bomb on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast, recalling an instance where she turned down a nude scene despite being warned that it would disappoint the “GoT” viewership.
“I 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,’ ” she said. “And I’m like, ‘F–k you.’ ”
The “Last Christmas” star added that she felt overwhelmed by the “f–k ton of nudity” in the show’s pilot season. A recent drama school graduate at the time, Clarke said she had initially convinced herself that baring all on camera was “completely fine,” but still struggled with the idea of stripping down.
“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,” she said.
However, “Aquaman” actor Jason Momoa, who played her husband Khal Drogo in the first season of “Game of Thrones,” taught her to set boundaries, reports the Independent.
“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.’ ”
Clarke has since set some ground rules, which explains the comparative lack of Khaleesi nudity in the show’s later seasons. Not to mention one scene where Daenerys commands Daario Naharis, played by hunky Dutch actor Michiel Huisman, to strip in front of her, reports Uproxx.
“I’m a lot more savvy [now] with what I’m comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing,” she added.
Clarke is currently starring in Paul Feig’s rom-com “Last Christmas,” now in theaters, with “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding.
Author: Ben Cost
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