Emilia Clarke Clarifies Her Comments About Onscreen Nudity: ‘I’m Always in Control’

The Mother of Dragons responds. Photo: Courtesy of HBO

Earlier this week, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke raised some eyebrows when she said that she preferred her sex scenes "subtle" — a quality her show has not typically been known for. However, she noticeably doesn't talk about Game of Thrones, and in an Instagram post today, she says that her quotes were taken "entirely out of context." In fact, she says that she was followed into a party by a journalist who had asked her about "female empowerment" for "an outlet [she] didn't agree to speak with" (that would be the infamous Daily Mail). Instead, here she clarifies that she believes nudity is fine as long as it advances the narrative or provides insight into a character. Here's the full quote:

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