Emilia Clarke is opening up about the pressure was under to shed layers during her eight seasons on HBO’s blockbuster Game of Thrones.
While the show was on, Clarke defended the show’s graphic sex scenes, and said that men and women should appear equally nude onscreen. But it seems she’s had second thoughts. Speaking to Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast, she said she felt pressured to appear nude on the show, which led to other projects in which nudity was required.
She said: “I’m a lot more savvy [now] with what I’m comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing. 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**k you.’”
Clarke added that she agreed to the nudity because “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.”
As time wore on, she realized she didn’t really think it through. “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 said. “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.”
Clarke also credited co-star Jason Momoa with her decision to create more boundaries.