Prior to Universal Studios’ official casting announcement, fans of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ novels all had their own idea of who should play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. If you pictured a dark-haired Emilia Clarke in the playroom (and really who wouldn’t like that novel?) you were almost correct. As Clarke preps for the launch of the fifth season of HBO’s hit series ‘Game of Thrones,’ the actor is doing quite a number of interviews in both television and print. In one of her more recent interviews, Clarke talked about her decision to turn down the role in ‘Fifty Shades,’ since she had already done quite a bit of nudity in Game of Thrones. As anyone in her position might consider, Clarke didn’t want her nudity on screen to became a staple of her career.
If you only know Emilia Clarke from ‘Game of Thrones,’ it may be hard to picture the conquering dragon mother as a submissive and shy magazine editor, but she almost took the job in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ prior to Dakota Johnsons’ casting.
According to the interview, Clarke was offered the role of Anastasia Steele in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ but in the end she turned it down for another high-profile role. In the original interview with THR Clarke said that she had “No regrets,” of turning the job. Clarke later added, “I’d done nudity before and was concerned with being labeled for doing it again.”
Almost everyone in the popular HBO series has done a nude scene or two, more so the women of ‘Game of Thrones’ because of television rating laws, so the nudity in ‘Fifty Shades’ probably wouldn’t have been a problem for the gorgeous actress. “There are other women who remove items of clothing on our show, so they’ve kind of got my nipple count down now,” she joked in the interview.
When passing on Fifty Shades, Clarke took the role of Sarah Connor in ‘Terminator: Genisys’ with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Matt Smith, something a little closer aligned with the awesome power that is Daenerys Targaryen. ‘Terminator: Genisys’ is set to premiere on July 1, 2015, while ‘Game of Thrones’ is set to premiere on April 12, 2015.