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"Game of Thrones" Lena Headey defends using a double for Cersei's nude walk of shame scene

Lena Headey, who used a body double to film the Cersei's nude scene on the season five finale of "Game Of Thrones," has responded to critics.

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"Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey employed a body double for the famous walk of shame on season five finale.  

The scene was made possible by superimposing Lena's head onto her body double, through the help of computer graphics.

On the episode, her character Cersei  was forced to confess sleeping with her cousin to the High Sparrow. To atone for these sins, she was forced to walk naked in public.


The actress came under attack for using a body double. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress responded to her critics.

According to her, not going nude doesn't make her any less of an actress. “Some people thought I was less of an actress…It was really a bit shocking,” she said.

“I’ve done nudity. I’m not adverse 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.”

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Lena Headey




Refuting reports that she chose her double Rebecca Van Cleave so she could have a hot body, the actress said;

“People assume I picked Rebecca. Like I was in the casting and picked a hot body. Like I demanded to have a hot body. In reality, I said, ‘If somebody will do this, I’ll have no choice about it. Whatever you decide.’ I had no judgment in that or desire to be involved."

The fifth season of show came to an end in June 2014 with the epic death of Jon Snow. "Game of Thrones" returns for a new season on April 24.

Watch a "Game of Thrones" clip below.

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