Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Clarifies Her Views On Sex Scenes

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is setting the record straight on certain views about nudity and sex scenes.

On Sunday, the Daily Mail published report quoting Clarke as saying that she “can’t stand” sex scenes, and finds most such scenes in film and television to be “gratuitous.”

Clarke took to Instagram today to set the record straight, saying:

“I was followed into a party by a journalist who asked me a question about female empowerment and then quoted me entirely out of context for an outlet I didn’t agree to speak with. So I feel now, with the beauty of Instagram I should clarify my statements, if for nothing else than for posterity. In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it. Sometimes explicit scenes are required and make sense for the characters/story, as they do in Westeros. If it’s gratuitous for gratuitous sake, then I will discuss with a director on how to make it more subtle. In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I’m always in control.”

I was followed into a party by a journalist who asked me a question about female empowerment and then quoted me entirely out of context for an outlet I didn’t agree to speak with. So I feel now, with the beauty of Instagram I should clarify my statements, if for nothing else than for posterity. In drama, if a nude scene forwards a story or is shot in a way that adds insight into characters, I’m perfectly fine with it. Sometimes explicit scenes are required and make sense for the characters/story, as they do in Westeros. If it’s gratuitous for gratuitous sake, then I will discuss with a director on how to make it more subtle. In either case, like a good Mother of Dragons, I’m always in control. #dracarys #bodiesmaybetemplesbutmindsarewhatmatter #MODforreal

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The Daily Mail also reported a long-standing rumor that Clarke has outright refused to do any more nude scenes, telling producers she “wanted to be known for my acting, not my breasts.” For the record, that quote is hearsay, coming from an interview with actress Oona Chaplin, who attributed it to an unnamed “lead actress.”

Game of Thrones will return for Season 6 on HBO in 2016.