Emilia Clarke opens up about getting "a lot of crap for having done nude scenes and sex scenes"

The British-born actress, 30, who plays timid Khaleesi-turned-conquerer Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO series opened up to ELLE about loving her strong character — and those controversial sex scenes.

She describes one from season four in which she commands lieutenant Daario to get naked. ” ‘Take off your clothes,’ ” Clarke quoted Daenerys. “It’s brilliant. I actually went up to [co-creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss] and thanked them. I was like, ‘That’s a scene I’ve been waiting for!'”

She continued: “I get a lot of crap for having done nude scenes and sex scenes. That, in itself, is so antifeminist. Women hating on other women is just the problem. That’s upsetting, so it’s kind of wonderful to have a scene where I was like, ‘There you go!'”


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Clarke has previously said she should be able to appear naked onscreen without it discrediting her support of women’s rights.

“It doesn’t stop me from being a feminist,” she told Rolling Stone. “Like, guess what? Yes, I’ve got mascara on, and I also have a high IQ, so those two things can be one and the same.”

And she is mighty proud to play such a strong female.

“Women have been great rulers. And then for that to be a character that I’m known to play? That’s so f—ing lucky,” she said. “Anyone who seems to think that it’s not needed need only look at the political environment we’re all living in to be like, ‘Oh, no, it’s needed. It is needed.’ ”