“There was a f*ck-ton of nudity,” says our Dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen as she talks about GoT season one. “But then going in and doing it…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,” she adds.
Thankfully, as she explains her fictional husband, Jason Momoa, helped her out and made her feel as comfortable as he could. “He took care of me in an environment where I didn’t know I needed to be taken care of,” Clarke said. “Jason was an experienced actor who had done a bunch of stuff before coming onto Game of Thrones. He said, ‘This is how it’s meant to be and how it’s not meant to be. I’m going to make sure that’s not the case.’ So he was always like, ‘Can we get her a robe? She’s shivering!”
What wasn’t okay was Emilia Clarke feeling like she was pressured to do nude scenes. She reveals she has had arguments on set over them because of the production team told her that she was letting GoT fans down by not getting naked on camera. “I have had fights on set before when I am like, ‘No, sheet stays up,'” she said. “And they are like, ‘You don’t want to disappoint your Game of Thrones fans.’ And I’m like, ‘Fuck you.'”
But Emilia Clarke added that her first-season insecurities would have existed with or without the nudity. “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.”