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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Dublin model quit HBO show over raunchy topless scene

A BUDDING Dublin actress and model walked out of a top role on a HBO series because she felt a scene was too raunchy.

Lisa Nolan said she quit Game of Thrones -- a medieval fantasy drama -- when she discovered she would have to film an erotic scene.

The Assets model insists she was promised no nudity when she arrived on the set but soon discovered they wanted her to strip off.

Lisa (21) told the Herald that she quickly figured out her scene would involve a lot more than just standing there and looking pretty. "I was aware that the scene was slightly raunchy, but I thought it wasn't a sex scene and they said they would give me skin patches for my breasts. But when I got there they wanted me to be fully topless and in the scene I had to strip off. So I pulled out at the last minute.



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"I just couldn't do it. I've just started out at Assets now and I'm trying to build a career.

"People could have taken snap shots of the show and every time I did a shoot people would remember that scene," she explained.

Lisa was brought up to Belfast to begin two days of 12-hour long filming sessions, but the model says after seeing the extent of the nudity required, she left straight away.

"To me it looked like it was going to basically be soft porn. As well as modelling I study Sports Physiotherapy so I want to be taken seriously, I wouldn't if I had given in and filmed the scene. It was my own fault really because I didn't research the show properly. The money was amazing and the idea of it all was so glamorous but I'm glad I walked away because now I have my dignity intact," she explained.

And after the tough experience, Lisa says she won't be rushing to TV castings anytime soon. The aspiring catwalk queen says she's going to stick to modelling for the time being.

"The whole experience was surreal. But I was in a totally different environment than what I'm used to. I would love to get into acting but right now I'm not focused on it.

"So I'm glad the producers of Game of Thrones did contact me for the role, because now I know I have the face for TV," she said.

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