In an interview on Dax Shepard's podcast "Armchair Expert," the British actress, 33, revealed that she felt overwhelmed by the "f--kton of nudity" in the first season of the popular HBO fantasy drama.
"I'm floating through this first season and I have no idea what I'm doing, I have no idea what any of this is. I've never been on a film set like this before. I'd been on a film set twice before then, and I'm now on a film set completely naked with all of these people, and I don't know what I'm meant to do and I don't know what's expected of me, and I don't know what you want and I don't know what I want," she explained.
She confessed she wasn't aware at first of the level of nudity written in the scripts, as she was focused on the fact she had just landed a major acting gig.
"I took the job and then they sent me the scripts and I was reading them, and I was, like, 'Oh, there's the catch!'" she remembered. "But I'd come fresh from drama school, and I approached [it] as a job -- if it's in the script, then it's clearly needed, this is what this is, and I'm gonna make sense of it. Everything's gonna be cool."
But the awkwardness of nude scenes was only heightened as first job jitters and self doubt crept in.
"Regardless of there being nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking I'm not worthy of requiring anything, I'm not worthy of needing anything at all. Whatever I'm feeling is wrong, I'm gonna cry in the bathroom and then I'm gonna come back and we're gonna do the scene and it's gonna be completely fine."
Emilia finally found comfort when doing scenes with Jason Momoa, who played her on screen love interest, because he was so supportive in her creating boundaries for how and when she would appear nude.
"It was definitely hard," she said. "Which is why the scenes, when I got to do them with Jason, were wonderful, because he was like, 'No, sweetie, this isn't OK.' And I was like, 'Ohhhh.'"
Now the actress feels more empowered to take a stand as she recalled being asked to do a nude scene for a different project when she hadn't agreed to in advance.
"I'm a lot more savvy with what I'm comfortable with, and what I am OK with doing," Emilia explained. "I've had fights on set before where I'm like, 'No, the sheet stays up', and they're like, 'You don't wanna disappoint your 'Game of Thrones' fans.' And I'm like, 'F--k you.'"