Game of Thrones famed actor Emilia Clarke turned down Fifty Shades of Grey because she was “sick and tired” of being asked about nudity.
During a sitdown with Patricia Arquette, Michelle Williams, Christine Baranski, Danai Gurira and Niecy Nash for The Hollywood Reporter‘s Drama Actress Roundtable, Clarke opened up about her decision not to play Anastasia Steele in the franchise because of the reaction to her nudity in HBO‘s hit series.
The role went to Dakota Johnson.
“Well, Sam (Taylor-Johnson, the director) is a magician. I love her, and I thought her vision was beautiful. But the last time that I was naked on camera on (Game of Thrones) was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman,” she said. “And it’s annoying as hell and I’m sick and tired of it because I did it for the character.”
The Me Before You star continued, “So, that coming up, I was like, ‘I can’t’. I did a minimal amount and I’m pigeonholed for life, so me saying yes to that, where the entire thing is about sensuality and sex and being naked and all of that stuff, I was just like, ‘No way am I going to voluntarily walk into that situation and then never be able to look someone in the eye and be like, ‘No, you can’t keep asking me this question’.”
While the Emmy winning show recently concluded, the actor is looking forward to the documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch.
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