Tuesday 27 September 2016

'I didn't phone it in, I was there for three days' - Lena Headey defends using body double for naked Game of Thrones scene

Published 20/04/2016 | 12:10

Game of Thrones - Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister
Game of Thrones - Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister

Actress Lena Headey has defended using a body double for the infamous Walk of Shame scene in Game of Thrones last season.

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Headey's character Cersei Lannister was forced to walk naked through the streets of King's Landing.

However, the actress chose to use a body double - Rebecca Van Cleave - for the scene which saw the brutal, powerful queen at her most vulnerable.

Some fans criticised the actress for the move.

Game of Thrones - Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Game of Thrones - Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she said, "Some people thought I was less of an actress because I didn’t get my tits out. You know what? It was really a bit shocking. I’ve done nudity. I’m not averse to it. But I know I’m a very emotional actor and I get really driven by that. In order to do my job, I allow myself to be really vulnerable."

She continued, "I don’t know any other way to do my job. Things really affect me. And the thought of being naked for three days and trying to contain her in the way she would be I think I would feel very angry. I didn’t want to be angry. I don’t think Cersei would be angry. I did what I thought she would do, emotionally. And wonderful Rebecca [Van Cleave, Headey’s stand-in] was able to contain herself and be naked."

Headey revealed that Van Cleave naturally found the scene difficult.  She also said her children were one of the main reasons she declined to strip.

"I film every year and I have kids and they know me now and it was just too much on top of that. So yeah, people that get it thought it was great. I didn’t phone it in; I was actually there for three days with Rebecca."

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey

Of the upcoming sixth season which kicks off on Monday on Sky Atlantic, she said it's Cersei's "most interesting" season and described it as "so juicy, and it's so f***ing dark".

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