Emilia Clarke: 'Huge Amount Nudity' Caused the Actress to Turn Down '50 Shades of Grey'

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Emilia Clarke says nudity was the reason she turned down the opportunity to play Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey.

It wasn't just the nudity because she's not opposed to taking it off as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's The Game of Thrones.

Emilia Clarke told Marie Claire U.K. for its July cover that it wasn't the nudity that bothered her, but the "huge amount of nudity" and the fear of becoming "pigeonholed" for being open to baring it all.

"I really wanted to work with Sam Taylor-Johnson because she's f--king amazing. But there is a huge amount of nudity in the film," Emilia Clarke said. "I'll never say 'I'm never doing nudity,' because I've already done it, but I thought I might get stuck in a pigeonhole that I would have struggled to get out of."

Because of the nudity in Game of Thrones when she became a household name, Emilia Clarke learned early on not to Google herself.

"I remember when everything first kicked off, I Googled myself. You just do; it's instinct. But never again. It just takes that one person who says, 'She's a fat bitch,' and you're like, 'I'm a fat bitch!'" Emilia Clarke said.

Back in March, Emilia Clarke made similar comments in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’d done nudity before and was concerned with being labeled for doing it again,” Emilia Clarke said.

Do you think Emilia Clarke would have been a good choice to play Anastasia Steele?

Pam Wright