Emilia Clarke reveals she felt pressured to do nude scenes on Game Of Thrones
The actress also shares how fortunate she was to have co-star Jason Momoa looking out for her: "He took care of me... in an environment where I didn't know I needed to be taken care of."
Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen on HBO hit series Game Of Thrones, has opened up about the pressure she felt to participate in the "terrifying" nude scenes on the show during the earlier seasons.
Clarke spoke candidly about this during an interview with actor Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert, which was posted on Monday (Nov 18).
The 33-year-old actress explained that during the first season, she was fresh from drama school and had decided to approach the scenes “as a job.”
She said: “I have no idea what I’m doing; I have no idea what any of this is.... I’ve been on a film set twice before then, and now I’m 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.”
However, she added that “regardless of whether there’d be nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking, I’m not worthy of requiring anything; I’m not worthy of needing anything at all” because of her inexperience.
Clarke, who’s currently starring alongside Henry Golding, Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh in the holiday romance Last Christmas, credited Thrones co-star Jason Momoa for taking care of her in the difficult environment.
“He took care of me, he really did,” she said. “In an environment where I didn't know I needed to be taken care of."
Clarke added: "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."
Momoa also made sure she was provided with a robe during nude scenes on set. "He was so kind and considerate and cared about me as a human being," she said.
Now, though, Clarke shares she’s a lot savvier “with what I'm comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing."
She said, “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.’”