Emilia Clarke isn’t keen to get naked for work again any time soon, and that’s one of the main reasons she turned down the part of Anastasia Steele in “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the 28-year-old “Game of Thrones” actress says she doesn’t want to be only known for the fact she’s willing to show skin.
“I’d done nudity before and was concerned with being labeled for doing it again,” she says of why she declined the part after taking two meetings with director Sam Taylor-Johnson. Dakota Johnson ultimately got the role instead.
People don’t need to go far to see what Clarke looks like in the nude. She stripped down in the very first episode of “Game of Thrones,” and famously walked out of a fire wearing nothing but her newborn dragons in the Season 1 finale.
Clarke also had a nude scene in her 2013 Broadway debut, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Audience members infamously took photos of her during the show, causing the theater to beef up security.
Nowadays Clarke is keeping her nudity to a minimum. While there are fully naked women acting as background decoration on “Game of Thrones,” her character Daenerys can chastely clutch a sheet over her breasts after sex, not showing any skin that couldn’t be seen in a PG-13 movie.
“There are other women who remove items of clothing on our show, so they’ve kind of got my nipple count down now,” the actress jokes to THR.
Unsurprisingly, there won’t be any nudity in Clarke’s next big film role, “Terminator: Genisys.”