Lena Dunham and Other TV Actresses Talk TV Nude Scenes

Treva Bowdoin | Jan 22, 2014

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HBO’s “Girls” is back and some critics are still complaining about Lena Dunham’s nude scenes. You’d think that they’d be adjusted to this by now, but apparently some critics just aren’t comfortable seeing a girl who doesn’t fit the Hollywood ideal being comfortable in her own skin.

According to TIME, “The Wrap” writer Tim Molloy didn’t even bother asking Dunham a question at a recent Television Critics Association panel for “Girls.” Instead he just offered some not-so-constructive criticism.

“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show. By you, particularly,” he said. “I feel like I’m walking into a trap where you say no one complains about the nudity on ‘Game of Thrones,’ but I get why they’re doing it. They’re doing it to be salacious. To titillate people. And your character is often naked at random times for no reason.”

Lena Dunham responded by saying, “It’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive. If you’re not into me, that’s your problem.”

It’s interesting that Molloy brought up “Game of Thrones” because an actress on that HBO show once said something similar to Dunham when she was trying to explain its numerous nude scenes. Esmé Bianco told “The Daily Beast” that the nudity on “Game of Thrones” “shows quite clearly the kind of world that the characters are living in.”

TIME Magazine writer Megan Gibson did a great job explaining how the nudity on “Girls” often does serve a purpose. She wrote that sometimes it’s supposed to be humorous, and other times “it illustrates the intimacy between the show’s characters.” In other words, it’s trying to give viewers a feel for “the kind of world that the characters are living in.”

Bianco isn’t the only actress who has talked about the “titillating” nude scenes in “Game of Thrones.” Let’s look at what some other actresses on that show have had to say about stripping down and compare them to what Dunham said about her nude scenes.

Natalie Dormer

During an interview with “The Daily News,” Natalie Dorner laughed about how “Game of Thrones” stars starve themselves to look good for their nude scenes.

“They put us all up in the same hotel whether we’re [filming] in Croatia or Belfast, so pretty much the person who has a sex scene at the end of the week is the person who’s in the gym or not coming out for dinner.”

Oona Chaplin

While talking to the “Telegraph,” Oona Chaplin gossiped about another “Game of Thrones” actress’s decision to stop stripping down.

“One of the girls in the show who got her kit off the most in the first couple of seasons now doesn’t at all because she said, ‘I want to be known for my acting not for my breasts,’” she revealed.

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke told Vulture how difficult it was for to shoot her nude scenes.

“I’m reading the books and I’m like, Oh, there is going to be a certain amount of nude scenes, and all that kind of stuff,” she said. “It’s not what I was looking forward to doing and it’s not something I was excited about filming. It was definitely tricky. And hard, as a young actress filming an HBO series — it’s daunting enough as it is without having that thrown in.”

“Game of Thrones” actresses probably get asked about nude scenes just as often as the star/creator of “Girls.” However, they joke about them, complain that they don’t get to do what they want in them, and talk about how uncomfortable they are to shoot. In other words, when they talk about their nude scenes, they aren’t just defending them.

According to Digital Spy, executive producer Jenni Konner had a message for haters like Tim Molloy who have a problem with Dunham daring to show her nude form on TV.

“As long they as they refuse to accept it, we’re gonna keep showing it,” she said. “That man has done nothing but spur me on to add more nudity to the show!”

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