Emilia Clarke Says She Has Been Pressured To Participate In Nude Scenes So She ‘Doesn’t Disappoint Fans’

The Game of Thrones star described her nude scenes on the show as 'hard'.

Emilia Clarke

by Bonnie McLaren |
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Emilia Clarke has spoken about the pressures of starring in Game of Thrones, and how she felt about filming nude scenes. The actress, who played Queen Daenerys in the hit HBO series, as on-screen husband Khal Drogo, looked out for her on set.

‘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!” I’d come fresh from drama school, and I approached [it] as a job,’ Clarke told Dax Shepherd on an episode of the Armchair Expert podcast. ‘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.

‘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.’

Clarke added that she now argues about nude scenes, but is sometimes met with push-back.

‘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, ‘Fuck you,”’ she said.

She added: ‘I’m a lot more savvy [now] with what I’m comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing.'

Clarke is clear that her on-screen husband Jason Momoa was ‘so kind and considerate’ while filming, saying: ‘Because Jason had experience – he was an experienced actor who had done a bunch of stuff before coming on to this – he was like, “Sweetie, this is how it’s meant to be, this is how it’s not meant to be, and I’m going to make sure that that’s the fucking gaze.” He was always like, “Can we get her a fucking robe? She’s shivering!” … He was so kind and considerate and cared about me as a human being.'

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