‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey hates fan backlash to nude scene

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Headey told The Sun she was pregnant when the scene filmed, so she used a body double for the scene, in which a cult forced her to walk through the streets naked.

“Some people thought I was less of an actress [for using a body double],” Headey recalled. “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,” she said. “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.”

She embraced that vulnerability when filming as a way to cope with the pain of her divorce from her husband of six years, Peter Loughran, in 2013, explaining, “I tried to put into Cersei in a way that was cathartic for me, otherwise I would have had a meltdown.”

Headey says she’s got little in common with Cersei in terms of her own personality, which makes the role a bit of a challenge, but that the character did help her cope with another trauma in her life: postpartum depression, which she suffered in the first season of the “Game of Thrones.”

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