Game of Thrones is no stranger to raunchy scenes but one of the show’s main stars, Emilia Clarke, has revealed that she actually ‘can’t stand’ sex scenes.
Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the hit HBO series, has been seen on the show breastfeeding dragons and appearing completely naked after a fire. However, the 28-year-old reportedly told showrunners two years ago that she wouldn’t be taking part in any more topless scenes because she ‘wanted to be known for her acting, not her breasts’.
Now, she has again spoken out and asked the sex scenes in the show to at least be made ‘more subtle’.
Speaking to the Daily Mail at a Mayfair event, she said:
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. Most sex scenes you see in films or on TV are gratuitous and they’re usually just to attract an audience. On screen, the subtler the better.
Clarke’s comments come after Game of Thrones has been accused of misogyny in its depiction of violence against women, but the actress has defended the show against those claims, pointing to the series’ wealth of strong female characters.
I think that’s the beauty of the show: as women, we accept our femininity and take strength from it, as opposed to trying to hide it and behave in a masculine way.
Game of Thrones is expected to return next spring and, to be honest, we’re not expecting the nature of the sex scenes to change now!