Emilia Clarke Has 'No Regrets' About Passing on 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

by Zach Seemayer 6:42 PM PDT, March 25, 2015
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Fifty Shades of Grey may have made over $558.6 million worldwide and stayed at the top of the box office for three straight weeks, but Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke says she has "no regrets" about turning down the chance to play Anastasia Steele.

The 28-year-old actresses recounted her decision to decline the role in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

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Clarke, who stars as Daenerys Targaryen on the acclaimed HBO series, was one of a handful of young actresses approached to play the role of the mild-mannered yet sexually curious Steele in the S&M-filled erotic drama.

Clarke admits that she even took two meetings with director Sam Taylor-Johnson, but the film's explicit sex scenes were what eventually what deterred her from pursuing the opportunity.

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"I'd done nudity before," Clarke explained, referring to several graphic scenes from GoT. "And [I] was concerned with being labeled for doing it again."

Clarke has recently been stepping out from the world of television and making her first forays into film, beginning with her role in the 2013 drama Dom Hemingway, opposite Jude Law.

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She is also starring in the upcoming Terminator Genisys, the fifth installment in the franchise. Clake plays young Sarah Conner, a role originally played by Linda Hamilton in the 1984 sci-fi classic The Terminator.

Check out the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey below for a look at the project Clarke opted out of.