Emilia Clarke Lifted Weights to Impress Schwarzenegger

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Emilia Clarke's role as Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, on the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, has seen its share of nudity. So when word broke that Emilia Clarke had been offered -- but refused -- the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey, there were puzzled looks all around.

"There is a huge amount of nudity in the film," Emilia Clarke explained.

Come again? This is an actress whose character on Game of Thrones has shown plenty of skin. What gives?

"I really wanted to work with [Fifty Shades director] Sam Taylor-Johnson because she's fucking amazing," Emilia Clarke told Marie Claire. "But there is a huge amount of nudity in the film. 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."

Ah, that makes more sense. It's one thing to be known for a role that occasionally sports nudity. It's another to become known as "the actress who does nudity."

All that running around with her clothes off may seem to come easy for Emilia Clarke, but she admits to some insecurity.

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

Emilia Clarke has her sights set on another project due to be released this summer. For Terminator Genisys, Emilia Clarke will have to step into a role that Linda Hamilton muscled through in the first two Terminator films -- that of Sarah Connor. So Emilia Clarke got herself pumped because she wanted to impress Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"Those fucking guns are super heavy," she says of the film's props. "You're running with them a lot of the time, and I needed to keep up with/be better than the boys. I needed to know what to do to have Arnold go: [adopting Arnie accent] 'very nice'. That was my goal."

Mike Tuttle
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