Now, the Game of Thrones star, who’s better known these days as the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, in the hit HBO series, has revealed that she turned down the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey because she didn’t want to be “pigeonholed” for the rest of her career.
Whether it’s raising awareness of brain aneurysms with a real-life survival story, or speaking up about the ‘shocking’ gender pay gap in the film industry, Emilia Clarke is no stranger to speaking her mind.
In a roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, the actress recounted that she was in initial talks to star as Anastasia Steele in the series, but eventually declined the role because of controversy around a brief nude scene she had filmed for an earlier season of GoT.
“Well, Sam [Taylor-Johnson, the director] is a magician. I love her, and I thought her vision was beautiful,” the actress began. “But the last time that I was naked on camera was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman.