‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams is hesitant about a new nudity role

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams told GQ Style that she was hesitant about her role in ‘Pistols’.
  • Williams, who plays punk icon Jordan Mooney, said she was told the role required a lot of nudity.
  • She said director Danny Boyle explained that Jordan’s nudity was “a political statement”.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams told GQ Style that she was hesitant to take a role in the limited series ‘Pistols’ after learning there was a lot of nudity required for it.

The upcoming FX Network series is based on guitarist Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol” about his time in legendary ’70s English punk rock band the Sex Pistols. Williams plays Jordan Mooney, who died earlier this month at the age of 66, a punk fashion icon who worked at the SEX store where the band formed and performed often.

During an interview with GQ Style, Williams opened up about her audition process for the role where she expressed concerns about nudity.

After the show’s casting directors informed her that the role was very nude, Williams said she was “hesitant at first just because of everything that’s going on in the industry and all the fuss about it. horror that I heard”.

“I want to be on this show because I’m the best person to do it, not because I’m the only girl who will take her top off,” she added.

Williams added that her agent passed on a clarification from Danny Boyle, the show’s director, who calmed her down after raising her concerns with the casting directors.

“Jordan was a political statement,” Williams said. “His whole ethos was turning the male gaze on himself, and it was overtly sexual in a way that put other people to shame. If I take my top off, I want to make other people feel uncomfortable.”

Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams as Jordan Mooney in the first ‘Pistols’ teaser.

FX Networks


Inspired by this, Williams said she came to a second


Zoom

audition for the role with Boyle wearing a sheer KNWLS top with no bra, which impressed the director.

Williams added, “And it worked. I got the part.”

Williams was also able to meet the real Mooney, whose real name is Pamela Rooke, as the icon was a consultant for the show and was allowed on set.

Williams is no stranger to on-screen nudity after starring in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” for eight seasons, which was known for its graphic sex and violence. She filmed her character’s first sex scene in the final season.

However, her castmates have already expressed feelings of pressure to do nude scenes after appearing on the show. Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, told The Hollywood Reporter in 2019 that she turned down the lead role in “Fifty Shades of Grey” because she didn’t want to be “stuck” for on-screen nudity.

Nathalie Emmanuel, who played Missandei on the show, also said on the ‘Make It Reign with Josh Smith’ podcast last year that her nude scenes on ‘Game of Thrones’ led producers to assume she would do same in other projects.

Outside of the hit HBO series, many actors and actresses have also said they refused to film nude scenes because they felt uncomfortable.

“Pistols” premiering on


Hulu

May 31.

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