Game of Thrones was known for its boldness with sex and violence on TV, in a time where it wasn’t prominent. While the fans might have loved that, it is understandable that it wasn’t really as fun for those involved in the making, especially the stars. Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys and is arguably one of the biggest stars from the show, recently revealed that she was pressured into nudity on the show. Read on!
Clarke was recently on Dax Shepherd‘s Armchair Expert podcast, where she discussed the show, and how the nudity wasn’t really her choice.
“I’m a lot more savvy [now] with what I’m comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing. I’ve had fights on set before where I’m like, ‘No, the sheet stays up’, and they’re like, ‘You don’t wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans’. And I’m like, ‘Fuck you.’”
She also talked about how she was taken aback by the amount of nudity on the show:
“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 – 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.”
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“So I came to terms with that beforehand, 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, 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 and 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, I’m not worthy of needing anything at all… Whatever I’m feeling is wrong, 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 also said that Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo was her only comfort during the early nude scenes:
“It was definitely hard. Which is why the scenes, when I got to do them with Jason, were wonderful, because he was like, ‘No, sweetie, this isn’t okay.’ And I was like, ‘Ohhhh.’”
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The human race has often been divided and fought amongst themselves throughout history. Sometimes they fight over religion, colour, money and throne (like in Game of Thrones). The Red Wedding year 2020 sparked a series of protests following the killing of George Floyd in May. Many Game of Thrones Stars supported the movement that followed, Black Lives Matter, including Nathalie Emmanuel.
Nathalie Emmanuel expressed her concern about Hollywood’s response to the movement while shooting for Rollacoaster Magazine. She said, “I’m excited to see how Hollywood and the world responds to the Black Lives Matter movement.”
“I’m really interested to see if people’s outrage is real or whether it was just performative, and whether we see actual change within society.”
She continued, “Also from the industry point of view – for entertainment, TV, film and media – I’m sort of curious to see how that pans out. I’m hopeful but also with a healthy amount of scepticism because sometimes it comes and goes, and there’s a few movies that get made and are great, and then it dies off again.”
Game of Thrones’ Missandei fame is skeptical to see an actual change. She explains, “For me, I’m looking for the more behind-the-scenes action: the crew, the writers, the producers, the filmmakers themselves or the directors themselves becoming more inclusive. I’m skeptical to protect my own heart.”
The discrimination based on skin-colour still prevails in our society. It is one of the markers that shows how much more we have to develop as human beings. What do you think of the Black Lives Matter movement? Talk to us in the comments below!
The story of Game of Thrones becomes even more intriguing as fans come to know of more secrets about the show. Entertainment Weekly editor James Hibberd’s book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon dives deep into such behind-the-screen mysteries previously unknown to the audience. The book contains detailed interviews with the cast and crew of the show. There have been many interesting revelations, including the unaired pilot of the series. The book describes another secret, the skilfulness of actress Emilia Clarke.
Director Jeremy Podeswa recounted one of Daenerys’ scenes in Hibberd’s book. The scene where Daenerys ordered the execution of one of three Meereenese noblemen was originally shot in English.
“Then [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] came down – they were watching the scene being shot – and they said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if the scene was in Valyrian?’” Podeswa recalled.
“There’s usually a lot of preparation for that sort of thing and so much consideration that goes into it. She had quite a big monologue before she sets the guy on fire,” Podeswa continued. “I went over to Emilia and I was like, ‘I know this is a really big ask, but do you think you could figure out a way to do this in Valyrian?’ She said, ‘Yeah, sure, I think I can do this.’ And I’m all, “Really?” She went off and cobbled together things that [Daenerys] had said in the past that made sense. She came back in 10 minutes and had this whole monologue down.”
“I just had to hand it to Emilia for taking on the challenge and making it completely credible,” Podeswa added. “It wasn’t tracking perfectly in Valyrian, but no fan ever noticed it. She did an amazing job.”
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Game of Thrones ended more than a year ago, leaving fans and the cast emotionally wrecked, alike. Fans miss the amazing fantasy show dearly. The cast, having worked for nearly 10 years together, feel a part of them missing. However, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played the evil-turned-good knight Jaime Lannister thinks differently. The actor talked to the Independent on various topics in a candid interview. The conversation ranged from his favourite football club to his reaction to Game of Thrones’ ending.
The 50-year-old actor revealed Leeds United was his favourite football club. He said, “I love Leeds United football club, but I won’t be depressed for days if they lose.” Waldau displayed the same amount of professionalism when asked about missing Game of Thrones.
Nikolaj revealed he doesn’t miss playing Jaime Lannister. He is done talking about the show and wanted fans to move on and appreciate his other works as well. He quips wryly, “Shall I be honest now? What I think you’d want to hear if I were you is, ‘Oh God, I was depressed for weeks; it was so difficult to get over it.’ We’d spent 10 years together so, by virtue of that, it was an emotional moment because it suddenly came to an end. But half an hour later?”
He continued with a shrug, “It took me 10 years to understand things come to a natural end. Now, I’m just an old, cynical, cold-hearted man.”
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