Emilia Clarke was offered the role of Fifty Shades of Grey’s Anastasia Steele, according to a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, but declined the role because she did not want to be reduced to another naked body on the big screen, nor did she want to face more interviews in which questions about performing naked came before questions about her professional work.
Daenerys Targaryen has several naked scenes over the course of the first season of Game of Thrones, most of which help portray her character as the vulnerable and relatively powerless figure she is at the beginning of the series, when she is literally sold as property to Khal Drogo.
While these scenes helped build the stark juxtaposition between the girl Daenerys once was and the fierce ruler she became, Clarke said these scenes came to sum up her professional career as an actress: Audience members, and reporters, were more focused on her body than they were on the development of her character.
This is why Clarke turned down the “highly sexual” role of Anastasia Steele, according to HuffPost.
Clarke did not hesitate to praise Fifty Shades director Sam Taylor-Johnson for her expert work behind the camera, but said she did not want to step into another franchise that allowed audiences to view and comment on her body as much as Game of Thrones has. “I didn’t do [Game of Thrones] so some guy could check out my tits, for God’s sake,” Clarke said.
Clarke hinted that, when a woman is naked on camera, nothing else seems to matter to interviewers, regardless of an actress’s professional portfolio. “It is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman,” Clarke said of recent interviews. Even though, as she noted in this interview, “the last time [she] was naked on camera on [Game of Thrones] was a long time ago.”
Instead, Clarke is determined to pursue more empowering roles.
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