According to Emilia Clarke, she experienced acting anxiety during several of her n@ked sequences in Game of Thrones. In the expansive HBO epic, the British actress portrayed queen Daenerys Targaryen, who rose to notoriety for her vivid depictions of s@x and brutality.
A few “terrifying” nude scenes would have Clarke, who was 23 when she began filming Game of Thrones, in tears. She stated: “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!'” on actor Dax Shepard’s podcast Armchair Expert.
But I had just graduated from theatre school, so I treated it like a job: if it’s in the script, it’s obviously needed. This is what this is, and I’m going to explain it in a way that makes sense, so everything will be fine.
I have never before visited a set like this for a movie. I have previously worked on two film sets, but now that I’m completely n@ked and surrounded by these people, I have no idea what to do. I also have no idea what is expected of me, what you want, or what I want.
“Whether there was nudity or not, I would have spent the first season believing I wasn’t deserving of anything. I am not deserving of even the slightest need. Despite claiming to have “imposter syndrome a million times over,” Clarke, 33, hailed Game of Thrones co-star Jason Momoa with shielding her.
Shepard brought up a scene from season one where Khal Drogo, played by Momoa, “nearly rapes” Daenerys on their wedding night during the podcast. Clarke responded, “He was crying more than I was.”
I didn’t realise how lucky I was with that until just now, she continued, “because that might have gone many, many, many different ways.” “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’s the gaze,” said Jason, an accomplished actor who had done a lot of stuff before taking on this. Every time, he would ask, “Can we get her a robe?” She’s trembling! He was incredibly kind, courteous, and concerned about me as a person.
She claimed that since Game of Thrones, she has grown “a lot more knowledgeable” about what she is comfortable with and the degree of nudity required for a scene. “I’ve gotten into arguments on set before when I said, ‘No, the sheet stays up,’ and they said, ‘You don’t want to let your Game of Thrones fans down.’ And I’m thinking, “Fuck you.