"She said to me: 'Don't talk about the penises,'" Emilia tells me with a laugh. "That quote about penises is following me."
It was on the Graham Norton Show that she talked about the scene in which Jason Momoa's character Khal Drogo raped her character, Daenerys.
|Emilia as Daenerys Targaryen|
"Obviously there's nudity so you try and lighten the mood," she said. She related to the audience how Jason put a pink fluffy sock over his manhood and then blurted out, without thinking: "It's huge and it's pink!"The London-born 28-year-old Emilia doesn't flinch from appearing nude on screen and she stripped down in the very first Game of Thrones episode and famously walked out of a fire wearing nothing but her newborn dragons. She also had a nude scene in her 2013 Broadway debut in Breakfast at Tiffany's when audience members infamously took photos of her during the show, causing the theatre to beef up security.
But she turned down the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey after discussions with director Sam Taylor Johnson. "I'd done nudity before and was concerned with being labelled for doing it again," she says. The role eventually went to Dakota Johnson.
Nowadays Emilia keeps her nudity to a minimum. While there are fully naked women acting as background decoration on Game of Thrones, Daenerys can chastely clutch a sheet over her breasts after sex.
“There are other women who remove items of clothing on our show, so they’ve kind of got my nipple count down now,” she jokes.
We talk in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills the morning after the glittering gala premiere of Season Six of Game of Thrones.
It is a struggle for her but Emilia is under strict instructions not to discuss what happens in the new season because it is the only one not based on the books of George R.R. Martin.