Emilia Clarke Shuts Down Critics Over ‘GoT’ Nudity in her Latest Interview

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Emilia Clarke is not the type of person to bite the hand that feeds her, which is why, unlike other actors, she won’t say anything bad about the series that made her a household name, Game of Thrones.

And why would she? It’s the biggest show in the world, and is so popular that fans don’t really know what to do with themselves when the show isn’t on. (Seriously, how are we going to get through 2018 while we wait for the eighth and final season?)

In fact, she’s just as obsessed with the HBO series as we are, and as someone who’s been integral to its success—it’s hard to believe Daenerys Targaryen was almost played by someone else—she’s more likely to defend it against criticism.

One thing that’s been brought up about Game of Thrones over the years is its depiction of nudity and sex scenes. While graphic sex scenes are pretty common on TV shows now, back when Game of Thrones premiered, in 2011, it was a pretty big deal.

In a new interview with Harper’s BAZAAR UK, the British actress said she’s had it up to here with people bringing up the nudity.

“I’m starting to get really annoyed about this stuff now because people say, ‘Oh, yeah, all the porn sites went down when Game of Thrones came back on.’ I’m like, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale?’ I fucking love that show, and I cried when it ended because I couldn’t handle not seeing it. That is all sex and nudity,” she vented.

“There are so many shows centred around this very true fact that people reproduce,” she added. “People fuck for pleasure—it’s part of life.”

While her statement is true about sex being part of life, Emilia did cop backlash for comparing Game of Thrones to The Handmaid’s Tale, given the completely different storylines and contexts in which the sex scenes take place.

In Game of Thrones, some of the female characters—including Emilia’s—are forced to have sex against their will, and while it’s still horrific, it can’t be compared to the storyline at the centre of The Handmaid’s Tale, which is about women who are forced to reproduce and have no rights to their own bodies. There’s no sex for pleasure going on in The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Emilia has had to defend her nude scenes over the years, even though her character, Dany, had fewer nude and sex scenes as she rose to power.

There was, however, one particularly powerful scene in the show’s seventh season, in which Dany burns down a building filled with her Dothraki captors. Dany emerged from the flames unscathed as everyone else perished.

“I’d like to remind people the last time I took my clothes off was season three,” she said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly after the episode aired. “That was a while ago. It’s now season six. But this is all me, all proud, all strong. I’m just feeling genuinely happy I said ‘Yes.’ That ain’t no body double!”

Previously, she had also taken to Instagram to clarify comments in a report that said she didn’t want to do more nude scenes after the attention they got in Game of Thrones’ earlier seasons.

Emilia wrote:

I was followed into a party by a journalist who asked me a question about female empowerment and then quoted me entirely out of context for an outlet I didn’t agree to speak with. So I feel now, with the beauty of Instagram I should clarify my statements, if for nothing else than for posterity. In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it. Sometimes explicit scenes are required and make sense for the characters/story, as they do in Westeros. If it’s gratuitous for gratuitous sake, then I will discuss with a director on how to make it more subtle. In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I’m always in control.

I was followed into a party by a journalist who asked me a question about female empowerment and then quoted me entirely out of context for an outlet I didn’t agree to speak with. So I feel now, with the beauty of Instagram I should clarify my statements, if for nothing else than for posterity. In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it. Sometimes explicit scenes are required and make sense for the characters/story, as they do in Westeros. If it’s gratuitous for gratuitous sake, then I will discuss with a director on how to make it more subtle. In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I’m always in control. #dracarys #bodiesmaybetemplesbutmindsarewhatmatter #MODforreal

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