Emilia Clarke famously plays the Mother of Dragons, but now it seems that the Game of Thrones actress wants to start a Seven Kingdoms-inspired revolution all her own.
As GoT's Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke is raising armies, freeing slaves and commanding dragons - in real life, this fiesty actress wants to free a lot more than that. Yes, on The Late Late Show recently, Emilia made a rather shocking admission about the representation of women in Game of Thrones — an issue that has dogged the show since it's debut in 2011 — that has inadvertantly made her an overnight feminist icon.
Plus, despite THOSE allegations, Emilia isn't shy about her body. She confirmed with Entertainment Weekly that her most recent GoT nude scene was 100% real, stating:
'I'd like to remind people that the last time I took my clothes off was season three. That was a while ago. It's now season six. But this is all me, all proud, all strong. I'm just feeling genuinely happy that I said 'Yes. There ain't no body double.''
We feel that Daenerys Stormborn would wholeheartedly approve no?
Here's 5 reasons why Emilia Clarke is fast becoming our new fem-warrior *fist pump*
Speaking with James Cordon on The Late Late Show Emilia spoke quite frankly about how the female GoT characters seem to kit their kit off an awful lot more than the fellas, especially when it comes to her platinum-haired alter-ego Daenerys Targaryen:
'I feel like there's a little bit of inequality between the amount of nudity that happens with women - this woman in particular - and what happens with the other guys.'
Then the call to arms...
'I just think that that should be even. Free the p!'
Within hours, fellow ladies were tweeting #freethepenis (and other such hashtags encouraging lads getting their bits out), and Emilia was suddenly leading the feminist charge. Go Emilia! Watch the interview here...
2. The Conan O'Brien interview
This isn't the first time Emilia has waxed lyrical about the nudity issue. She also discussed her opinions with host Conan O'Brien, declaring:
'There's plenty of female nudity [in Game of Thrones], and I think it should be a bit more of a discussion.'
'So we get some, you know, equal male and female nudity.'
Unsurprisingly, the crowd whooped in support. Preach Emilia.
3. But she won't tolerate anyone trash-talking her show
Even though Emilia is fighting for more male nudity, she's called out people who think Game of Thrones is 'anti-feminist'. Instead, she focusses on the fact that the female characters become empowered by the hardships they suffer.
'There are women depicted as sexual tools, women who have zero rights, women who are queens but only to a man, and then there are women who are literally unstoppable and as powerful as you can possibly imagine,’ she says.
‘So it pains me to hear people taking Thrones out of context with anti-feminist spin – because you can’t do that about this show.'
And it's true - there is no-one more badass than Daenerys Targaryen. Fact.
4. She turned down Fifty Shades of Grey
Why? She told The Hollywood Reporter it was because she'd 'done nudity before and was concerned with being labelled for doing it again'.
Plus, would Khaleesi put up with Christian Grey's sexy shinanigans?! No way - she'd totally set those dragons on him.
5. She sees Daenerys as a feminist
Emilia repects her GoT character immensely, telling the Metro in 2015:
'My character on Game of Thrones is a feminist, but in real life, I’m very different from that character. But there are some aspects that I do admire. I see my character as an icon of feminism. She is strong and fights against everything.'
6. Jane Bond?
Emilia has recently stated that she'd love to play a female incarnation of James Bond. Talking to the Daily Star, Emilia also admitted that her dream leading man would be Leonardo DiCaprio. Obviously...
Go Emilia. We think you're all kinds of awesome.
Ooh, and don't forget to catch ALL the Game of Thrones season six gossip right here...