“Game of Thrones” beauty Emilia Clarke would tell her 18-year-old self to not be so self-critical her weight because “you’re not as fat as you think.”
In a letter to her younger self for Teen Vogue, Emilia shares advice on love, career, and self-acceptance.
“You are not as fat as you think you are,” said Clarke. “There are some women who look some way, and there are other women who look another way, like a whole other way. And the other way people look, people love. Because they look like women.”
Emilia said she stopped Googling herself after being fat-shamed by trolls after appearing nude in “Game of Thrones,” as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
“I remember when everything first kicked off, I Googled myself,” said Clarke. “You just do, it’s instinct. But never again. It just takes that one person who says: ‘She’s a fat b*tch,’ and you’re like: “I’m a fat b*tch!”
Looking back to her teenage years, Emilia was way too hard on herself because she was a lot thinner and prettier than she realized.
In her letter, Clarke also tells her teenage self to expect heartbreak but realize it’s temporary.
“You’re gonna feel some serious heartbreak,” Emilia wrote in her letter. “And the reason it’s gonna hurt so much is because that heartbreak is gonna make you doubt yourself.”
She continued: “You put yourself out on a plate and you bare everything, and somebody says they don’t really like that, so that makes you feel like you’re not worth it. But you are! And there’s lots of people who are going to tell you you are.”
Emilia, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, has done numerous nude sex scenes on Game of Thrones, and said there should be more male nudity because it’s time to “free the penis,” as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
“I feel like there’s a little bit of inequality between the amount of nudity that happens with women – this woman in particular – and what happens with the guys,” said Clarke. “I just think that it should be even. Free the penis!”
“Game of Thrones” is based on the bestselling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, who’s a producer, creative consultant and scriptwriter on the hit HBO television series.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.