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SCENE NETWORK – Scene Network TV Host Jeff Conway interviews actress Emilia Clarke & author/screenwriter Jojo Moyes, while they were in Chicago promoting their new best-selling book turned film, ME BEFORE YOU, in theaters now.
REDEYECHICAGO – RedEye’s Lauren Chval interviews Emilia Clarke and author Jojo Moyes about “Me Before You” and comparisons between main character Louisa Clark and Daenarys Targaryen of “Game of Thrones.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES – “Sometimes, I just come here and stare at all the pretty boys,” says Emilia Clarke. She’s standing in the middle of Gjusta, a bakery-slash-deli-slash-juice-bar in Venice that may also secretly serve as the national headquarters for Jesus impersonators.
“OK, truth be told, this is, like, a poser-y kind of place to go, I think,” she says, looking around at all the well-coiffed beards and Birkenstocks. “Everyone’s pretty, and everyone’s looking at each other, but the food is so good that I just cannot help it.”
Everyone is looking at each other, and especially at Clarke, even though they’re trying not to make it obvious. She insists that without the blond wig she wears as Daenerys Targaryen/Khaleesi/the Mother of Dragons on “Game of Thrones,” fans barely recognize her. But as she waits by the counter for a salad made of four zillion types of lettuce, it seems most of the patrons know who she is.
Maybe it’s all the ads that have been running on television lately for her new film, “Me Before You,” which is out this weekend. In the movie, based on Jojo Moyes’ bestselling novel, the actress plays Louisa Clark, a small-town girl in desperate search of a job to help support her working-class family. The only gig she can find is one no one wants: working as a caretaker for a wealthy young man who was recently paralyzed after being hit by a car.
Though Louisa has an, uh, eccentric wardrobe — she’s obsessed with floral-patterned high heels and bumble-bee-striped tights — she looks a lot more like Clarke than Daenerys does. For one, the character is a brunet, as the 29-year-old is off-screen. And she certainly would never stand stark naked in front of a crowd of onlookers as a building burned to the ground behind her.
Indeed, the filmmakers initially had trouble envisioning Clarke as anyone other than the fearless queen she plays on “Game of Thrones.” She’d only appeared in one major studio release prior to “Me Before You”: “Terminator Genisys,” last year’s reboot of the Arnold Schwarzenegger franchise, in which she starred as Sarah Connor.
“Frankly, I was a little bit skeptical,” admits Moyes, who helped director Thea Sharrock sift through more than 300 actresses for the part. “Like, the Mother of Dragons? How is that gonna work?”
But during her audition, Clarke took off her coat and accidentally knocked over a bottle of water — behavior that seemed totally in line with the clumsy Louisa.
“She got down on all fours and started apologizing profusely, embodying Louisa’s klutzy nature,” recalls Sharrock. “It’s amazing that she’s had the part of ‘Game of Thrones’ for so long, but I think fans of the show are going to be really surprised by her range in this movie. It feels like when people first saw ‘Pretty Woman,’ when Julia Roberts just popped and came to life and you went, ‘God, where did she come from?’”
Additional portraits from the Me Before You session have now been added to the gallery, with big thanks to our partner site The Claflin Place! Dedicate to Emilia’s co-star Sam Claflin. Be sure to visit it!