How does the sexiest woman in the world prepare for a revealing magazine cover photoshoot? The answer is vodka. Lots of vodka.
In November, the 29-year-old beauty was deemed “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire, joining the ranks of other smouldering stars like Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, and Angelina Jolie Pitt. The title landed her on the men’s mag cover, leaving little to the imagination. And while baring skin is something Clarke has done before on Game of Thrones (basically all of Game of Thrones), this photo shoot wasn’t the same. Because, well, she was playing herself. And no one wants to be rolling around on a bed naked pretending to be themselves!
“Doing those kind of sex scenes on camera is one thing, but doing it as yourself? I need alcohol…That’s what I needed,” she revealed on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “They just kept giving me vodka, and I would be like, ‘I’m just going to keep the duvet. I’m going to keep the sheet up.’ They’d be like, ‘3, 2, 1, go!'”
As composed as Clarke looks on her debut Esquire cover, the reality is, she’s been doing vodka shots, and has been retouched at the hand of some digital artist in New York. “That’s me Photoshopped and drunk,” she told Ellen.
Clarke sports white-blonde locks as the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones, but for now, on the cover, she’s back to her natural locks as she works the press circuit to promote the show’s upcoming season. The anticipation of which is absolutely killing us!