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'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke recalls awkward nudity convo at family reunion

Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM ET

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Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke knows she's lucky to have a starring role on HBO's hit fantasy series Game of Thrones. But after two years it's not her impressive acting skills that she's best known for as much as her propensity for being naked—especially in the show's first season.

On a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Clarke explained what it was like to tell her family about the lucrative new gig—even if it did require her to appear nude in nearly every episode.

The 25-year-old English actress (who was rumored to be dating Seth MacFarlane) explains how playing the Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen was her first big professional break after graduating from drama school.

"So you go right out of drama school to being nude at work... Did you warn your parents?" Kimmel asked.

"It's the kind of thing I told my mum, and then my mum kinda told my dad with me being nowhere near," she said.

As for whether her father was happy about the prospect of his beautiful daughter baring all for the entire cable network's audience, she joked, "He was pleased I was employed. At least I had a job."

Clarke, who will also play Holly Golightly in the Broadway revival of Breakfast at Tiffany's next March, said it wasn't her dad it was the most embarrassing to confront about how often the Khaleesi is naked but her Uncle Ken at a holiday reunion.

"He was kind of alarmed when he saw it, and last Christmas he looked me dead in the eye and said, 'Emilia you didn't tell me. You didn't tell me you'd be naked for that long!'"

In a bit of a spoiler for the upcoming season, which debuts in March 2013, Uncle Ken might once again have reason to look away.

"Yes—maybe. In case he's watching, yes."

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.

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