Emilia Clarke was pressured to do nude scenes post GoT
The actor also says she has been quick to shut down producers who do not respect her boundaries
Emilia Clarke says she has been pressured and coaxed to say 'yes' to nude scenes following her role as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, where she was occasionally seen nude.
Clarke added that she has, however, been quick to shut down producers who do not respect her boundaries. "I'm a lot savvier with what I'm comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing," Clarke said in a recent interview.
She added: "I've had fights on the sets 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'. I feel like I've seen enough now to know what is actually needed."
Clarke recalled filming intimate scenes on the Game of Thrones set, saying that she found nude scenes "terrifying." She said how former co-star Jason Momoa acted as her mentor during the filming of the first season.
"It's only now that I realise how fortunate I was with that, because that could have gone many, many, many different ways. Because Jason had experience — he had done a bunch of stuff before coming on to this — he was like, ‘Sweetie, this is how it's meant to be and this is how it's not meant to be, and I'm going to make sure that's the way it goes'," Clarke said.
She added that Momoa would always be sure she received a robe during the filming of nude scenes. "He was so kind and considerate and cared about me as a human being. He took care of me in an environment where I didn't know I needed to be taken care of."
Clarke, who was on Game of Thrones for 10 years, explained how she felt first receiving the role and learning how much nudity was expected of her. "I'd come fresh from drama school, and I was floating through the first season with no idea what I was doing. I'd never been on a film set like that before, and found myself on this set completely naked with all of these people, and I didn't know what I was meant to do nor what was expected of me. I was like, ‘Approach this 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."
With Momoa's guidance, Clarke felt comfortable pushing back, even requesting less nudity after Season 1.
Outside of the Emmy-winning series, Clarke has appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Me Before You and Last Christmas, which is currently in theatres.