Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke defends sex scenes, says 'f**king for pleasure' is part of life

Emilia Clarke in one of the sex scenes on Game of Thrones.
Emilia Clarke in one of the sex scenes on Game of Thrones. Photo credit: HBO

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has says she's sick of defending the show's nudity and sex scenes, pointing out that in life "people f**k for pleasure".

The hit HBO show has become infamous for its graphic adult content in the six years since it began airing.

Clarke, who plays dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen, tells Harper's Bazaar she gets "really annoyed" by the criticism, and audiences need to get over it.

"People say, 'Oh, yeah, all the porn sites went down when Game of Thrones came back on.' I'm like, 'The Handmaid's Tale?' I f**king love that show, and I cried when it ended because I couldn't handle not seeing it. That is all sex and nudity. There are so many shows centered around this very true fact that people reproduce."

She added, "People f**k for pleasure, it's part of life."

Clarke admits though that things aren't always easy for her as Esquire's sexiest woman alive. 

"I think in the early days I second-guessed everyone," she says.

"I mean, I do that in life anyway, but especially with fame and becoming successful, and strangers knowing you more than your circle of friends, I would worry about what people thought of me. Then you get to a point where you're like, 'You know what? I'm okay'."

The eighth season of Game of Thrones is currently being filmed, and is due for release in 2018.