Lena Headey is not new to facing backlash aimed at the actions of her Game of Thrones character, Cersei Lannister--but one controversy she recently recalled surrounded her choice to not partake in a nude scene for the show.
During the scheduled filming for one of Cersei's nude scene, the memorable part where she had to do a walk of shame completely naked, Headey was actually pregnant, and chose to use a body double to stand in for.
“Some people thought I was less of an actress [for using a body double]," the actress told The Sun. "It was a bit shocking. [The stand-in] found it very difficult, obviously. It’s not a natural thing to do.”
“I’ve done nudity. I’m not averse to it," Headey continued. “I’m a very emotional actor and get really driven by that. To do my job, I allow myself to be really vulnerable. I don’t know any other way.”
The actress also added that she used the experience of acting as Cersei to cope with her divorce from husband Peter Loughran in 2013. "I tried to put into Cersei in a way that was cathartic for me, otherwise I would have had a meltdown," she shared.
We'll be waiting to see more from the Lannisters when GoT season eight premieres tonight at 9 p.m. EST.