Game Of Thrones’ Star Lena Headey Hates Fan Backlash To Nude Scene
15 April 2019 Entertainment
“Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey didn’t appreciate the backlash she received from fans following her famous nude scene in the HBO hit.
Headey told The Sun she was pregnant when the scene filmed, so she used a body double for the scene, in which a cult forced her to walk through the streets naked.
“Some people thought I was less of an actress [for using a body double],” Headey recalled. “It was a bit shocking. [The stand-in] found it very difficult, obviously. It’s not a natural thing to do.”
Headey explained she’s not against performing in nude scenes in general, however.
“I’ve done nudity. I’m not averse to it,” she said. “I’m a very emotional actor and get really driven by that. To do my job, I allow myself to be really vulnerable. I don’t know any other way.”
She embraced that vulnerability when filming as a way to cope with the pain of her divorce from her husband of six years, Peter Loughran, in 2013, explaining, “I tried to put into Cersei in a way that was cathartic for me, otherwise I would have had a meltdown.”
Headey says she’s got little in common with Cersei in terms of her own personality, which makes the role a bit of a challenge, but that the character did help her cope with another trauma in her life: postpartum depression, which she suffered in the first season of the “Game of Thrones.”
“It was horrendous — I had post-natal depression but I didn’t know it,” she said. “I saw a doctor for the medical check and I just burst into tears. I did the first year [of ‘GoT’] in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky.”
Headey says she’ll miss the show, but there’s one element of it which she’s eager to strip herself of for good: Cersei’s cropped wig, which Headey — who also said she only worked for 15 days per year — calls “the itchy turnip.”