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(NEWSER) – Stumbling naked through a dreary strip in Dubrovnik while 500 people hurl insults (and food) at you may not sound like most people's idea of a good time, but Rebecca Van Cleave says it was "amazing." "It was one of the scariest, most wonderful, most gratifying experiences I could have imagined," the actress tells Entertainment Weekly, describing how she felt playing a role in one of the most-talked-about scenes from the Game of Thrones season finale.

Van Cleave was the nude body double whose body appeared in Cersei Lannister's "Walk of Shame," beating out more than 1,000 other actresses to fill in for Cersei's usual portrayer, Lena Headey. "We needed somebody who could do the Walk of Shame physically, somebody who could match Lena's integrity, intensity, and sensibility," David Nutter, director of the finale, tells the magazine.

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