Emilia Clarke, who portrays Daenerys Targaryen in the blockbuster HBO series Game of Thrones, says she is not in favor of sex scenes in movies and TV shows.
The actress, quoted in an article on starpulse.com, said, “Sex scenes should be more subtle. I’m British, so I cringe at that sort of thing anyway—I can’t stand it.”
Her character, also known as the Mother of Dragons, has had a few sex scenes in the hit show over the past few years and did not specifically name Game of Thrones in her comments, but rather spoke about the industry in general.
“Most sex scenes you see in films or on TV are gratuitous and they’re usually just to attract an audience. On screen, the subtler the better.”
The 28-year-old Clarke, who also appeared as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys over the summer, added, “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.”
According to co-star Oona Chaplin, Clarke said two years ago she would not appear in any more topless scenes, and has reportedly told producers she “wanted to be known for acting, not my breasts.”
The actress downplayed the news saying she was not looking to be an advocate for women in film.
The hit HBO series, based on a series of books by George R.R. Martin, is headed into its sixth season in 2016 and Clarke says there will be an interesting storyline for the Mother of Dragons in the upcoming season.
The actress said, “It’s just go, go, go, go. Shocking moment to shocking moment. Epic moment to epic moment. It’s mental; it’s epic. And definitely Dany’s a part of it.”