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Emilia Clarke on Her Esquire World's Sexiest Woman Cover: 'That's Me Photoshopped and Drunk'

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You wouldn’t think Emilia Clarke needs the cover of any magazine to alert her to the fact that she’s one of the World’s Sexiest Woman, yet nonetheless, she was officially bequeathed with the title by Esquire back in October, shooting a nude editorial and cover for the magazine. But as she confessed on Ellen on Thursday, “Doing those sex scenes on camera is one thing; but doing it as yourself, I need alcohol.”

Emilia Clarke Esquire World's Sexiest Woman Ellen
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It turns out getting Emilia in the buff is not quite so simple as her
Game of Thrones
character, Daenerys Targaryen, would have you believe. The actress admitted she imbibed quite a bit before she was able to strip down for those particular shots, telling Ellen, “They just kept giving me vodka and I kept saying, ‘I’m just going to keep the duvet here, I’m going to keep the sheet up.’ And they’d be like, 3, 2, 1, and just yank it down…That’s me drunk. That’s me Photoshopped and drunk.”

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Hey, sometimes we all need a little bit of liquid courage to overcome our fears, even if that fear is simply being the sexiest woman the seven kingdoms have ever known.

What do you think of Emilia’s Esquire cover? Could you tell she was tipsy?

–Emily Kirkpatrick