Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is sick of so many sex scenes on TV. The Emmy-nominated actress, who was featured topless early in the fantasy show’s run, told the Daily Mail Monday, “Sex scenes should be more subtle. I’m British, so I cringe at that sort of thing anyway — I can’t stand it.”
“I don’t want to have sex thrown in my face, and I’ve always thought the suggestion is so much more titillating than the act itself,” she said. “On screen, the subtler the better.”
Clarke has spoken before of her own hesitation about participating in explicit scenes. She was offered the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey but turned it down for fear that she would become known for risqué content. “I’d done nudity before and was concerned with being labeled for doing it again,” she told the Hollywood Reporter in March. Besides nude scenes on Thrones, Clarke also went in the buff for her broadway debut as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 2013.
Though Game of Thrones, which airs on HBO, is notorious for the frequency with which it asks its actresses to bare their breasts, Clarke has been spared from such scenes as she has become more famous. “There are other women who remove items of clothing on our show, so they’ve kind of got my nipple count down now,” she said to the Hollywood Reporter. This season, a sex scene featuring her and actor Michiel Huisman kept her covered, though it did show Huisman’s behind.
Clarke will compete against fellow Thrones star Lena Headey—who had a body double for a notorious nude scene last season—for best supporting actress in a drama series this Sunday at the Emmys.