‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: Emilia Clarke has ‘No Regrets’ Passing Up on the Role

By Cheri Cheng - 26 Mar '15 12:02PM

Emilia Clarke revealed that she was offered the role of Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades of Grey" and has "no regrets" on passing it up.

In the April 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter Magazine, the "Games of Thrones" actress talked about her two successful meetings with "Fifty Shades" director, Sam Taylor-Johnson. Clarke ultimately turned down the role as the female lead in the BDSM romance movie based off of E.L James' 2011 bestseller, "Fifty Shades of Grey."

The 28-year-old actress stated that she did not want to be typecast as an actress who takes off her clothes. In the hit HBO show, Clarke plays Daenergys Targaryen, one of the potential heirs to the throne, and often has to disrobe. Clarke also took off her clothes when she played Holly Golightly in the 2013 Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

"I'd done nudity before and was concerned with being labeled for doing it again," Clarke explained.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" follows the relationship between Steele (Dakota Johnson), a college student/graduate and billionaire, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), who introduces Steele to the world of BDSM. Although the movie got bad reviews, it has earned more than $500 million worldwide.

Universal Studios is expected to announce the sequel, "Fifty Shades Darker," which currently does not have a director. Taylor-Johnson stated that she will be departing from the series. Rumors claimed that Taylor-Johnson and James have several creative differences in regards to how the book should be adapted onto the big screen.

Aside from "Games of Thrones," which premieres on Sunday, April 12, Clarke can be seen in "Terminator: Genisys," which comes out on July 1. She has also signed onto JoJo Moyes' bestseller, "Me Before You," which starts production in April. In July, Clarke will start filming for season six of "Games of Thrones."

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