Bosses always expect nude scenes

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Just because she stripped down for one show doesn’t mean it is now par for the course. 

Actress Nathalie Emmanuel has opened up about bosses expecting her to be down to go nude ever since she did it for the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones.”

“When I did ‘Game of Thrones’ I agreed toward certain nude scenes or nudity within the show,” the 32-year-old, who played Missandei on the show, told journalist Josh Smith on his “Make It Reign” podcast this week, Metro reported. “And the perception from other projects, when the role required nudity, that I was just open to do anything because I did it on that one show.”

Agreeing to nudity in the context of that project, she continued, in no way implied that she’s open to it in others. 

“What people didn’t realize is I agreed [to] terms and specific things for that one particular project, and that doesn’t necessarily apply to all projects,” she said.

Having boundaries about what she is and isn’t willing to do has required her to stand up to directors who want otherwise. 

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Nathalie Emmanuel at the “Game of Thrones” Season 5 world premiere in London.
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“I’ve had people challenge me and be like, ‘But this part requires that,’ and I said, ‘That’s fine if you require that in the part; I don’t feel comfortable doing that level of nudity. I will do this amount, you know, I can do this, which I think is necessary for the part,’ ” she said. 

In scenarios where nudity is insisted upon despite her not being comfortable with it, she has no qualms about walking away from a project instead of ceding to stripping.

“Frankly, if someone was, like, ‘Well we need this nudity,’ I would be, like, ‘Well, thank you very much, I appreciate your interest but that’s just not what I feel is necessary for this part and it’s a difference of opinion and creative differences and that’s fine,’ ” she said.

She added that, thankfully, such scenarios are few and far between. 

“Nine times out of 10, people are much more solutions-based and want to come to a compromise” and a “middle ground,” she said. 

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Nathalie Emmanuel on the seventh season of “Game of Thrones.”
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