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USA TODAY – There’s something strikingly unusual about Emilia Clarke alongside Sam Claflin in the romantic comedy Me Before You — her disarming smile.
That’s something just not seen with her battle-ready screen alter egos, Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones and Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys.
“Literally, Daenerys doesn’t smile, Sarah Connor doesn’t smile,” says Clarke. “But here it was like, ‘Can you smile more? Can you have a good time?’ I’m not trying to kill anyone, no one is trying to kill me. It’s fun.”
In Me Before You (in theaters June 3, with a trailer arriving Wednesday on usatoday.com), Clarke, 29, plays Louisa Clark, a British small-town working-class girl who loses her café job. She’s compelled to take the first available employment, despite being woefully unqualified — caretaking for a quadriplegic.
Her charge turns out to be the upper-class William Traynor (Claflin), injured after being struck by a motorcycle while crossing the street. Things start off rocky because of Traynor’s anger and despondence, but Louisa’s effervescence eventually breaks through and romance blossoms.
Clarke says she devoured Jojo Moyes’ best-selling love story while on the set of Genisys, “with bombs exploding around me.” She was moved to tears and knew she had to convince director Thea Sharrock to get the part for the film adaptation.
“Actors cannot invest too much in auditions. It’s too heartbreaking if you don’t get it,” says Clarke. “But this one I was like, ‘I’m doing it.’ I was madly into it. Every fiber of me felt like someone had written me down.”
Despite her more hardcore screen personalities, Clarke says she’s far more like the goofy, regular-girl Louisa in real life.
“It’s funny with these strong female roles,” says Clarke. “I’m really quite clumsy, say the wrong thing all the time and am awkward at the best of times. My friends and family have seen this other person every single day.”
Me Before You features a genre-covering swath of British stars, including Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman (as Louisa’s sister), Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis (as Louisa’s longtime boyfriend) and Game of Thrones star Charles Dance (as Traynor’s father).
Sharrock says the movie captures the tone of Moyes’ novel, with the author writing the screenplay that includes the “heartbreaking” twist of Traynor seeking to end his life in dignity.
After physical roles such as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games and Philip Swift in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, “Sam literally plays the part with no movement below the neck. All he had really was facial movements,” says Sharrock. “That was a challenge.”
Clarke says the duo’s chemistry and banter was real, with the two engaging in on-set pranks and bragging about whose action figure would win in battle. (“Obviously, Khaleesi wins all the time,” says Clarke of her GOT Mother of Dragons character. “Dragons trump everything.”)
But not an ounce of blood was drawn, even in a scene where Louisa shaves her charge’s beard. A razor in the wrong hands can be lethal.
“Sam was actually petrified when we shot that,” Clarke says. “There was a lot of trust there. But I didn’t nick him even once.” (source)
The first promotional poster for Emilia’s new movie Me Before You has just been released! And it looks awesome! You can see it below (and bigger in our gallery). The first trailer is going to be released tomorrow, so be sure to keep our twitter @emiliaclarkenet checked!
Emilia looked like a princess at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday night (January 30). She wore a hot pink Dior Haute Couture gown, which looked splendid on her. Several photos from the award show have now been added to the gallery, but be sure to keep the site twitter @emiliaclarkenet as more will be added during the day!!
Beautiful portraits of Emilia take during the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party have now been added to the gallery, be sure to check them!
Back on Thuesday (January 12), Emilia attended the Stella McCartney Autumn 2016 Presentation. Several photos from the event have now been added to the gallery, be sure to check them!
On Sunday night (January 10), the 73rd Annual Golden Globes Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills (California). Emilia looked splendid in a black Valentino gown and Jimmy Choo sandals. Several photos from her arrival at the ceremony have been added to the gallery, be sure to check them!
She also attended the HBO Golden Globes After Party, with a change of dress! She opted for a Dolce&Gabbana and looked great as well. Photos have been added to the gallery as well!
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