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Emilia Clarke Was Pressured To Do Nude Scenes So She Didn't Disappoint 'Game Of Thrones' Fans

Emilia Clarke revealed on Dax Shepard's podcast, Armchair Expert, that she was pressured to do nude scenes in an effort to not let Game of Thrones fans down.

"Game of Thrones" had quite the reputation for nude scenes. They really went for it.


It made the show especially awkward to watch with my parents — something I never want to relive.

But more than anybody else on the show, Emilia Clarke, seemed to have the most nude scenes.


And if you were a big fan of the show, it might make you uncomfortable to learn that she would be later pressured to film nude scenes as to not let her Game of Thrones fans down.

In an interview on Dax Shepard's podcast, "Armchair Expert," she opened up about what really went on behind the scenes.


She began by recalling the overwhelming number of nude scenes she had to do in the first season.

It was a "[expletive] ton of nudity," she said.

“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," she explained.


"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."

“So I came to terms with that beforehand".

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"But then going in and doing it… 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.

"I’ve never been on a film set like this before, I’d been on a film set twice before then," she recalled.

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"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".

"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."


“Regardless of there being nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking I’m not worthy of requiring anything," she went on.

"I’m not worthy of needing anything at all... Whatever I’m feeling is wrong".

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"I’m gonna cry in the bathroom and then I’m gonna come back and we’re gonna do the scene and it’s gonna be completely fine.”

She revealed that it was actually her co-star, Jason Momoa, that made her realize the incessant nude scenes forced on her was a red flag.


“It was definitely hard,” she said.

"Which is why the scenes, when I got to do them with Jason, were wonderful," she recalled.

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"Because he was like, ‘No, sweetie, this isn’t okay.’ And I was like, ‘Ohhhh.'”

"He took care of me, he really did. In an environment where I didn't know I needed to be taken care of," she continued.

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"It's only now that I realize 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."

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"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.'"

"He was so kind and considerate, and cared about me as a human being."

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I don't know about you, but this is exactly how I'd imagine Jason Momoa behaving in real life. What a gentleman!

She revealed that she is much more aware nowadays of what she is and isn't comfortable doing on-screen.

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“I’m a lot more savvy [now] with what I’m comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing,” she said.

Thanks to Jason's encouragement, Emilia took control.

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"When I did the last nudity that I did for the show, I was like, 'I am owning this. This is mine. They've asked me to do it, and I'm [expletive] game.'"

But she recalled a specific instance that she was directly pressured into filming a nude scene that she hadn't agreed to in advance.

"I’ve had fights on set before where I’m like, ‘No, the sheet stays up,'" she said.

"And they’re like, ‘You don’t wanna disappoint your "Game of Thrones" fans’. And I’m like, ‘[Expletive] you.’”


Good for her for eventually working up the courage to stand her ground!

Fans were seriously not happy to hear this.

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It is kind of messed up for any actor or actress to be treated that way! Luckily Emilia was able to eventually have the confidence to stand up for herself.

Let us know what you think of Emilia Clarke opening up about being pressured into filming nude scenes so she didn't disappoint "GoT" fans!

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