Game of Thrones | TV star claims she was 'guilt-tripped' at work

TV star claims she was 'guilt-tripped' at work

Before an employee signs up for a new job, they will likely read over their contract of employment to determine what they are agreeing to carry out at work and what is expected of them.

This should ensure that when an employee turns up for work on their first day that there won’t be any uncomfortable or unwelcome surprises.

Yet, a Game of Thrones star claimed that she hadn’t agreed to participate in nude scenes before accepting the role but felt ‘guilt-tripped’ by HBO show bosses to do so to ensure that she ‘didn’t disappoint fans’ – The Daily Mail reports.

Actress Emilia Clarke, who portrayed Daenerys Targaryen across eight seasons, told Dax Shepard in an interview on the Armchair Expert podcast that while she hadn’t previously agreed to perform nude scenes, she just went through with it because she was newbie and wanted to make it in the industry. She told the podcast host:

“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!'

“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,” she explained.

Clarke – who has since admitted that the extent of nudity in the first season was ‘overwhelming’ – said that this experience has made her a lot ‘savvier’ now about what she would be comfortable with doing in future roles.

The Daily Mail also reported that there was no suggestion that the directors – including D.B. Weiss, David Benioff, Tom McCarthy and Brian Kirk among others – who were involved in the creation of the first season of the show had put unwarranted pressure on Clarke to strip.

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Sadly, this isn’t the only occasion that people have been allegedly pressured into participating in tasks at work that they aren’t entirely comfortable with.

Earlier this year, HR Grapevine reported on MTV star’s who were ‘pressured’ by producers into having sex on air.

Ex On The Beach star, Jess Impiazzi, told BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme that she felt pressured to ‘hook up with someone’ as soon as she set foot on the show.

She added: “I had a producer say: ‘Lots of shagging tonight please, girls’.

“Why would you be telling me to do that? Is this a porn set? It just made me feel really cheap…these were all random guys.

“We all know what the show is about but I never said I will come on this show and behave in that way,” she added.

Employees should feel happy and comfortable at work as this will ensure that they have the optimum employee experience. To facilitate this, HR should ensure that employees don’t feel forced or pressured into doing anything that is out of their comfort zone.

If there are aspects of the job that may make an employee feel uncomfortable, in this case portraying partial nudity in a film, then this should be discussed beforehand to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that no one feels backed into a corner.

While this could be detrimental to the employer’s reputation, it could also spark legal issues too as the requests become more inappropriate.



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