Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Turned Down ‘Fifty Shade of Grey’

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The Mother of Dragons could’ve been channeling her Inner Goddess all this time.

In the latest issue of the The Hollywood Reporter, Game of ThronesEmilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO hit show, reveals she was actually offered the lead part in Fifty Shades of Grey but turned it down. The role of Anastasia Steele eventually went to Dakota Johnson.

So, why did Clarke refuse to go from The Breaker of Chains to, um, being in chains?

“No regrets,” she says of the decision. “I’d done nudity before and was concerned with being labeled for doing it again.”

Apart from her multiple nude scenes in Game of Thrones, Clarke, 28, also stripped down for her Broadway role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

She added of her own series, “Never in a million years did I think Game of Thrones was going to take off like it did. It’s taken me five years to catch up with it. I’m still not sure I’m there.”

Beside Clarke, Shailene Woodley, Lucy HaleFelicity Jones, Alexis Bledel were all reportedly in talks for the Fifty Shades of Grey role.