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Melisandre From 'Game Of Thrones' Tells Us About Going Off Book And Nudity Up North

Carice van Houten discusses the physical challenges of playing Melisandre.

"Game of Thrones" is mostly known for its high death toll, its dragons, and its blockbuster ratings, but let's be honest, here -- there's still a significant faction of humanity that enjoys watching the show for its nudity. Characters like Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Daario Naharis (Michael Huisman), Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) and basically the entire population of King's Landing disrobe on a regular basis, much to the delight of 13-year-old boys worldwide.

However, what those same 13-year-olds probably don't ever think about is how that feels for the actors. Specifically Carice van Houten, who has to do the same regular disrobing that Clarke and Dormer do as Melisandre, but in sub zero temperatures more fit for White Walkers than actual human beings.

"It is quite cold," she told MTV News. "I can pretend to be tough, but I'm not. I'm freezing up there. I'm really, really freezing."

Though of course, given "GoT"'s insane budget, there are numerous worker bees at hand to make sure van Houten -- whose character literally cannot feel cold -- doesn't freeze.

"They do everything they can to make me warm," she added. "There's tons of hot water bottles, there are blankets, there are jackets. They rub me -- I'm a big penguin surrounded by little girls that touch me and keep me warm. It's really cute, and it's nice, and then when I hear that clap I'm like, 'Oh, please don't take it away!' Then I'm there again in the cold, and you just have to pretend that you're warm, because Melisandre, as the books said, is never cold. The irony of it all!"

Van Houten also told MTV News that she's glad to see the series diverging from George R. R. Martin's source material during season five -- if only because it means she'll no longer hear any spoilers.

"I think it's fun, because now at least the book readers cannot be the wise ass anymore," van Houten joked. "We're all on the same page."