Cersei Lannister’s Walk of Shame: one of the most memorable, emotionally reverberant scenes of Game of Thrones‘ season 5. Lena Headey’s Cersei; this power-driven woman, seemingly unconquerable in her ruthlessness, despicable in her amorality. Yet, when forced under the punishment of adultery to walk naked through the streets of King’s Landing, a new side was unveiled.
Suddenly, she became vulnerable; pride was her throne, and to be so brutally robbed of it found so many viewers discovering a new empathy for the brutal queen. And, then there were the viewers seemingly more invested in whether Headey’s body onscreen was her own; with the swift realisation the actor had utilized a body double for the sequence’s complete nudity.
Headey has now addressed complaints from a small sector of fans over her use of a body double for the scene, telling Entertainment Weekly; “Some people thought I was less of an actress because I didn’t get my tits out. You know what? It was really a bit shocking. I’ve done nudity. I’m not averse to it. But I know I’m a very emotional actor and I get really driven by that. In order to do my job, I allow myself to be really vulnerable.”
“I don’t know any other way to do my job. Things really affect me. And the thought of being naked for three days and trying to contain her in the way she would be I think I would feel very angry. I didn’t want to be angry. I don’t think Cersei would be angry. I did what I thought she would do, emotionally. And wonderful Rebecca [Van Cleave, Headey’s stand-in] was able to contain herself and be naked.”
“She found it very difficult, obviously. It’s not a natural thing to do. I film every year and I have kids and they know me now and [being naked in the scene] was just too much on top of that. So yeah, people that get it thought it was great. I didn’t phone it in; I was actually there for three days with Rebecca.”
Source: UK Independent