Emilia Clarke delivered critically-acclaimed performances on Game of Thrones for eight years, and yet she’s still being asked about her nude scenes.
The 32-year-old actress got candid about her choice to bare it all in the HBO series — and the frustrations that came along with it — in Hollywood Reporter’s annual TV Drama Actress Roundtable. Though Clarke hasn’t performed a nude scene in awhile, she noted that people still ask her about it constantly, which in her eyes, is incredibly sexist.
“The last time that I was naked on camera on [Game of Thrones] was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman,” she said during the discussion. “And it’s annoying as hell and I’m sick and tired of it because I did it for the character — I didn’t do it so some guy could check out my tits, for God’s sake.”
Clarke’s comments came after she was asked about her decision to turn down the role of Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. Though she thought the vision for the film was “beautiful,” she felt the nude scenes would affect the future of her career. Part of this decision, she explained, was because of the criticism she received for her brief nudity on GOT.
“I did a minimal amount and I’m pigeonholed for life,” she said. “So me saying yes to that, where the entire thing is about sensuality and sex and being naked and all of that stuff, I was just like, ‘No way am I going to voluntarily walk into that situation and then never be able to look someone in the eye and be like, ‘No, you can’t keep asking me this question.'”
Clarke has spoken out about people’s reactions to her nude scenes on several other occasions. In an essay for The Huffington Post in 2017, she wrote: “If you’ve watched Game of Thrones then, spoiler, you will have seen me in the nude. There are plenty of ways in which people want me to respond to questions about this fact. And plenty of reasons why I do not feel the need to justify myself.”
Amen. And, despite all of the chatter, Clarke has been quoted a number of times saying that she wouldn’t change a thing about the character she so famously played on GOT.