The ladies of Game of Thrones have been anything but shy about opening up about their show's gratuitous sex scenes during the off-season, whether they're making waves for defending the amount of nudity or going in the opposite direction and refusing to do further nude scenes. Whatever the case, any cast member who signs on the dotted line has to expect that they'll be stripping sooner rather than later.
English actress , who plays ambitious at her core Margaery Tyrell, recently opened up to Allure about how the sexuality of Game of Thrones plays into its popularity, and how nerve-wracking it can sometimes be to do nude scenes:
How do you explain the Game of Thrones mania?
There’s the violence and the bloodletting and the honor. And then there’s the romance and the sex and the naked bodies. There are the costumes, and the coming-of-age stories for younger viewers. There are gay heroes and straight heroes. There’s feminism. And there’s dragons and supernatural shit going on. There’s magic and CGI for the geeks. There is literally something for everyone.
You’ve done your fair share of nudity. Are those scenes ever a challenge?
It’s always a bit traumatic. Being comfortable with your body is not the same thing as feeling completely at ease doing a sex scene. I’m comfortable with my body, but to do nudity [as part of your job] is sometimes not as easy as you’d like it to be.
What do you do to maintain your figure?
I’m a massive yoga head. Lots of yoga and lots of running. I do Bikram yoga. I adore it.
So there you have it. We mere mortals can thank the cast they put so much work into their bodies and that it's them stripping on screen and not us couch potatoes. Because no one wants to see that. No one.
Game of Thrones Season 4 returns in 2014, though the exact date is up in the air. Stay tuned, and we'll keep you updated on the latest casting news and plot details.
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