Emilia Clarke Said No To Fifty Shades For A Very Good Reason

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"It's annoying as hell..."

If Game of Thrones is over, does that mean Emilia Clarke is no longer Queen?

No, of course it doesn't. Because every single day Clarke is saying or doing something to remind us why she was cast as Mother of Dragons.

And today is no exception. 

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Clarke revealed Fifty Shades Of Grey’s Sam Taylor-Johnson offered Clarke the infamous role of Anastasia Steele. However, she turned it down because of the treatment of onscreen nudity by the media. 

"Sam is a magician. I love her, and I thought her vision was beautiful, but the last time that I was naked on camera was a long time ago, and yet [on-screen nudity] is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman.

"It's annoying as hell and I'm sick and tired of it because I did it for the character - I didn't do it so some guy could check out my t**s, for God's sake. So, that coming up, I was like, 'I can't'.

"I did a minimal amount [of nudity] and I'm pigeonholed for life, so me saying yes to [Fifty Shades of Grey], 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.'"

Clarke was only naked on screen a few times throughout the eight seasons of Game of Thrones. One of the most notable scenes is from season six when she escaped her Dothraki captors surrounded by flames.

When the episode aired in 2016, the scene sparked some controversy. 

Clarke told EW that she was proud of her decision to do the scene: 

“I’d like to remind people the last time I took my clothes off was season three.

“That was a while ago. It’s now season six. But this is all me, all proud, all strong. I’m just feeling genuinely happy I said ‘Yes.’ That ain’t no body double!”

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Written By Christina Cavaleri