Emilia Clarke defends ‘Game of Thrones’ nudity
Emilia Clarke is “starting to get really annoyed” by critics slamming the amount of nudity in her hit TV show Game of Thrones.
The 31-year-old actress stars as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series, and has appeared in her fair share of scenes which require her to be nude or have sex. While the program has attracted some criticism for its saucy content, Clarke admitted during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine that she’s getting fed up having to constantly defend the series.
“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,’” Clarke said. “I’m like, The Handmaid’s Tale? I f—ing love that show, and I cried when it ended because I couldn’t handle not seeing it. That is all sex and nudity.
“There are so many shows centred around this very true fact that people reproduce. People f— for pleasure – it’s part of life.”
As well as her Game of Thrones role, Clarke has found fame in movies such as Terminator Genisys, Me Before You and can soon be seen in the upcoming Star Wars franchise spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story.
While Clarke is stunningly beautiful, she admits she found it difficult landing roles when she started out in the industry because she didn’t have the “right look.” But rather than letting it get her down, the actress was motivated to become recognized for her talent and not her looks.
“It pushed me into another casting type; forced me to be an actor,” she explained. “Instead of playing Juliet and doing the light, airy stuff, I would be the granny who cracks wise, or a down-and-out hooker who has seen better days.”
The British star has been concentrating on furthering her career in recent years – so much so that her love life has been on the backburner. And when it comes to finding “the one,” Clarke is of the impression that there is more than just one soulmate for everyone on earth.
“There is ‘the one’ for particular parts of your life — you change as you get older,” she said. “So when I was in my teens, there was ‘the one’ for my teens, for sure, and then, you know, there’s ‘the one’ for the next time of your life.
“There’s this Buddhist philosophy that says you can only really understand yourself through your interactions with other people.”