The Real Reason ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Turned Down ‘Fifty Shades’ And Brad Pitt

After starring on eight seasons of Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke is accustomed to showing a little skin in front of the cameras. But the thought of baring it all for the hit erotic drama, Fifty Shades of Grey, was just too much to handle. With Game of Thrones officially over, Clarke finally opened up about her decision to turn down the lucrative role.

'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke
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Clarke felt pigeonholed on ‘Game of Thrones’

Clarke has appeared nude on several occasions as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. One of her most famous nude scenes happened back in Season 6 after Daenerys burned alive a group of Dothraki Khals and walked away without any clothes.

At the time, Emilia Clarke admitted that it felt good to appear nude in front of the cameras. This was largely because it was a strong scene for Daenerys, but Clarke also felt proud of her body.

Although Clarke was not opposed to shedding her clothes for Game of Thrones, she later confessed that she felt “pigeonholed” because of it. In an interview with People, the Game of Thrones star revealed that she is constantly asked questions about her nude scenes and is completely annoyed about it.

She feared the situation would get even worse if she agreed to play Anastasia Steele on Fifty Shades of Grey, which is why she turned down the opportunity.

“I did a minimal amount and I’m pigeonholed for life,” Emilia Clarke shared, adding that things would be worse with Fifty Shades. “I was just like, ‘No way am I going to voluntarily walk into that situation and then never be able to look someone in the eye and be like, ‘No, you can’t keep asking me this question.'”

The part of Ana was eventually given to Dakota Johnson, who starred alongside Jamie Dornan in all three Fifty Shades movies.

Emilia Clarke recalls embarrassing moment with Brad Pitt

Nude scenes aside, Clarke also recalled a good story about the time she met Brad Pitt. The encounter happened at an annual gala Sean Penn hosts for Haiti. Clarke agreed to partake in a silent auction at the event, where the winner had a chance to watch an episode of Game of Thrones with her.

Clarke apparently had no idea what to expect heading into the gala and was shocked when she entered a room packed full of celebrities. She also did not think people would be actively participating in the auction, which she thought was silent.

One of those celebrities in attendance was none other than Brad Pitt, who immediately started bidding. The auction allegedly started at around $20,000, but quickly increased to $80,000 at Pitt’s behest. Kit Harington was also present for the auction and offered to attend the viewing as well. Once that happened, Pitt raised his bid to $120,000.

Clarke later recalled that she was highly embarrassed by the whole situation and that one of her close friends ended up winning the auction with a bid of $160,000. Fortunately, the proceeds went to a great cause. That said, having someone like Pitt bid $120,000 just to spend some time with you would be pretty amazing.

How did Clarke react to the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’?

Season 8 of Game of Thrones has been met with a lot of backlash from fans. But for Emilia Clarke, the entire experience has been rather odd. In a recent interview, the actress opened up about how she felt watching the Game of Thrones finale and admitted that she was completely numb to the experience. This is partly because the cast and crew have known the series was coming to an end for a few years and said their goodbyes last year.

Although Clarke did not share what she thought about the negative reactions to the final season, she did say some things about Daenerys’ ultimate demise.

The actress explained how she thought Daenerys turning evil was a good illustration of what power does to people. While a lot of fans did not like what happened to Daenerys, Emilia Clarke believes it was true to what the show has always been about. She also said that the finale answered about as many questions as it could and that she was happy with how things ended.

In the final episode of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow killed Daenerys because she had essentially gone mad and become the ultimate dictator. The outcome was unexpected going into the final season and left many fans disappointed.