‘People Thought I Was Less Of An Actress Because I Didn’t Get My T*ts Out’: Lena Headey Slams Body Double Critics

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cersie body double walk of shameGame of Thrones actress Lena Headey has hit back at critics who shamed her for using body double in season 5 for Cersei’s walk of shame. Speaking to EW, the 42 year old English actress revealed that people thought of her as less of an actress when a body double was used for the scene:

“Some people thought I was less of an actress because I didn’t get my t-ts out… It was really a bit shocking. I’ve done nudity. I’m not averse 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. And wonderful Rebecca [Van Cleave, Headey’s stand-in] was able to contain herself and be naked. She found it very difficult, obviously. It’s not a natural thing to do. I film every year and I have kids and they know me now and [being naked in the scene] was just too much on top of that. So yeah, people that get it thought it was great. I didn’t phone it in; I was actually there for three days with Rebecca.”

Headey also praised Rebecca Van Cleave, the actress who stood in as her body double:

“It’s a tough f–king job and she’s very smart. Another thing I want to say: 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. I just want to clear that up. Because as a woman, that drives me mad; the thought I’m like, “Nope! Nope!” [and dismissing nude women] in a room. I genuinely wouldn’t. Because none of it is about vanity for me — none of it — otherwise I couldn’t do it. It would be a hindrance.”



  1. Apparently, the person who wrote this article has no idea what Lena Headey looks like either? Honestly the drivel that passes for journalism these days is horrible.

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