The actor who played Queen Daenerys says shes been pressured to shoot naked since the show, but is a lot more savvy now
Emilia Clarke has revealed she felt uncomfortable acting in some of her nude scenes in Game Of Thrones.
The British actress played queen Daenerys Targaryen in HBOs sprawling epic, which became notorious for its explicit portrayal of sex and violence.
Clarke, who was 23 when she started filming Game Of Thrones, said she would be in tears before shooting certain terrifying nude scenes.
Speaking on actor Dax Shepards podcast Armchair Expert, she said: I took the job and then they sent me the scripts and I was reading them, and I was like, Oh, theres the catch!
But Id come fresh from drama school and I approached it as a job: if its in the script then its clearly needed. This is what this is and Im going to make sense of it and thats what Im going to do and everythings going to be cool.
Ive never been on a film set like this before. Id been on a film set twice before then, and Im now on a film set completely naked with all of these people, and I dont know what Im meant to do, and I dont know whats expected of me, and I dont know what you want, and I dont know what I want.
Regardless of there being nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking Im not worthy of requiring anything. Im not worthy of needing anything at all.
Clarke, now 33, said she had imposter syndrome times a million, but credited Game Of Thrones co-star Jason Momoa with protecting her.
On the podcast, Shepard brought up a season one scene in which Momoas character, Khal Drogo, virtually rapes Daenerys on their wedding night.
He was crying more than I was, Clarke replied.
Its only now that I realise how fortunate I was with that, because that could have gone many, many, many different ways, she said. 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 its meant to be, this is how its not meant to be, and Im going to make sure that thats the fucking gaze. He was always like, Can we get her a fucking robe? Shes shivering! He was so kind and considerate and cared about me as a human being.
Since Game of Thrones, she said, she has become a lot more savvy with what shes comfortable with, and with the level of nudity thats needed for a scene. Ive had fights on set before where Im like, No, the sheet stays up, and theyre like, You dont wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans. And Im like, Fuck you.
Representatives for HBO and Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have been contacted for comment.