‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke’s full-frontal nudity in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ sends fans into a frenzy

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke

Fans of Games of Thrones star Emilia Clarke should be prepared for more of the same when they watch her much anticipated Broadway debut, at least where clothing is concerned. English-born Clarke, who’s well-known as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones, has shown time and again that she’s more than comfortable when the clothes come off—the show is known for its extensive nudity and sexual escapades.  

Clarke, who stars as the luminescent Holly Golightly in the new Broadway adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, caused a photo-frenzy on Monday when she appeared naked on stage at the Cort Theatre. Given that both Clarke and her TV character are no strangers to nudity, the director’s decision to include a scene like the now-infamous bathtub scene should seem like a given.

What’s curious is that the audience—reportedly full of Game of Thrones fans, a source tells The New York Post—were so titillated by the full-nude scene between Clarke and her co-star Cory Michael Smith, who plays Fred. The scene calls for Clarke, as lighthearted Holly Golightly, to undress Fred before undressing herself to join him in a bathtub full of carefully placed bubbles.

While the idea of a naked woman on stage in a theater could be exciting for those who don’t get out of their homes much, I’m just left wondering why no one made as big of a deal as Smith, who was just as naked as she was. Is it because Clarke is so well-known for her (character’s) nudity that a roomful of her fans were simply taking advantage of a situation they wouldn’t find themselves in again? Is it something darker? The answer is something only those theatergoers know.

Although audience members at Monday’s show were apparently up in a dither, snapping a flurry of photos with their cell phones and ignoring the theater’s strict “no photos” rule, seemingly no photos have yet found their way to any social media sites. The frenzy was reportedly so widespread the Cort Theatre has beefed up its security in response to prevent similar instances at future shows.

If Clarke wants to flaunt what she’s got every night, I say more power to her—this is a potent example of nudity versus nakedness. The way Clarke portrays her character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and how gorgeously this scene is done, puts it firmly in the camp of nudity. That is to say, it’s art.

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