Don’t Worry, Emilia Clarke Now Fine With ‘Game of Thrones’ Sex Scenes
Just the other day, Game of Thrones favorite Emilia Clarke offered some surprising comments on her distaste for any and all sex scenes, not necessarily just those on HBO. Her words made the rounds a bit, but now the Khaleesi seems to be walking them back, claiming to be “perfectly fine” with tasteful nudity. Oh, the internet.
Clarke reportedly conversed with The Daily Mail of her preference for “more subtle” sex scenes in TV and film, claiming “I’m British, so I cringe at that sort of thing anyway — I can’t stand it. I don’t want to have sex thrown in my face and I’ve always thought the suggestion is so much more titillating than the act itself.”
Hardly an inflammatory preference, given Clarke’s own infrequent Game of Thrones nudity tends to serve the story in a specific manner, though the actress took to Instagram to call out the report in question, and clarify her thoughts a bit:
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.
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Worth noting, the original report also identified Clarke as the Game of Thrones actress that departed star Oona Chaplin had years-earlier alluded to refusing future nude scenes, though no conclusive evidence has ever corroborated Clarke as the woman in question, assuming she even exists.
There’s no skirting the absurdity that Clarke should need to justify her comments at all, in or out of context, though one imagines it couldn’t hurt to save face with HBO or her Game of Thrones bosses. In either case, subtle or otherwise, Game of Thrones will return the Khaleesi front and center for Season 6 in 2016.