Emilia Clarke says she felt uncomfortable filming nude scenes in Game of Thrones.
The actress, who was 23 when she was enlisted to play queen Daenerys Targaryen, revealed that she found such scenes “terrifying” and hated doing them.
The actress told Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert: “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!’”
“But 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 going to make sense of it and that’s what I’m going to do and everything’s going to be cool.”
She explained how she felt at the time: “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 you want.”
Clarke, like many other A-listers, suffered with imposter syndrome during this time. “Regardless of there being nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking I’m not worthy of requiring anything,” she said. “I’m not worthy of needing anything at all.”
Now 33, Clarke admitted she had “imposter scene times a million”, but thanked her Game of Thrones co-star Jason Momoa for protecting her reports the Guardian.
During the podcast, host Shepard bought up the scene where Momoa’s character Khal Drogo “virtually rapes” Clarke’s character on their wedding night.
Clarke revealed: “He was crying more than I was.”
“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 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 f*cking gaze.’ He was always like, ‘Can we get her a f*cking robe? She’s shivering!’ He was so kind and considerate and cared about me as a human being.”
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