From a no-name actress, Emilia Clarke took the ladder to become a household name. Forced into nudity in the name of fans, Emilia’s big break as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones led to future episodes that judged her based on nudity more than talent.
If you think the #metoo movement is only limited to physical abuse, Emilia Clarke is here to prove you wrong. The name of Emilia Clarke shot to fame when in 2011, she took off her robe for the camera as Daenerys Targaryen. But recently, Emilia Clarke spoke about her own ‘me too’ story that will leave you to ponder the intensity of the issue.
What came after Game of Thrones for Emilia Clarke, is not what fame should offer.
Emilia Clarke narrated her ‘me too’ story as she featured in the Armchair Expert podcast. When she got her big break in Game of Thrones, she recalled looking at the script, “Oh, there’s the catch… f*** ton of nudity”.
Emilia Clarke continued walking down the memory lane, “I have no idea what I’m doing. I have no idea what any of this is. I’ve never been on a film set like this before. I’d been on a film set twice before then. And now I’m on a film set completely naked with all of these people.”
The Game of Thrones set took a toll on Emilia Clarke. “And I don’t know what I’m meant to do and I don’t know what’s expected of me and I don’t know what you want and I don’t know what I want. Regardless of whether there had been nudity or not, I would’ve spent that first season thinking I’m not worthy of requiring anything.”
Emilia Clarke’s Me Too: What the fans want
With time, Emilia Clarke fought back. And Aquaman star, Jason Momoa supported her. She narrated, “I have had fights on-set before when I am like, ‘No, sheet stays up.’ And they are like, ‘You don’t want to disappoint your Game of Thrones fans.’ And I’m like, ‘F**k you.’”
What the future looks like
Emilia Clarke went on to say that if the filming would have started after the Me Too movement, the show would have looked way different. Moreover, at that time, many producers were sexually abusing women in the name of art.
This is not the first time such an incident has come forward. As a sad truth, Hollywood is full of such instances as that of Emily Clarke’s Me Too revelation. And due to the demand of the audiences, it is highly unlikely that much will change.
Emilia Clarke’s #Me Too: We all loved GOT, so this one is on us.
Producers (mis)use this demand to target vulnerable actresses. In a perfect world, there would be perfect producers who look at an actress’ assets, not “assets”.
Audience, producers, or actors, we all need to stop, take a breath and ‘really’ ponder. Don’t we?