HARPER’S BAZAAR UK – Game of Thrones has made Emilia Clarke famous, yet thanks to the blonde wig she wears on the show, she’s preserved an ongoing level of anonymity. But roles as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway, in the films Dom Hemingway with Jude Law and Terminator Genisys, and as the face of Dior’s Rose des Vents jewellery collection – in addition to growing tabloid interest – mean that privacy is disappearing fast. The trailer for Me Before You was released in February. Within two weeks, it had notched up over 60 million views. More than half the comments on her Instagram feed, she noted, were now about her as Louisa Clark [her character in Me Before You].
‘The joy of that wig is that I’ve had years to come to terms with where I’m at. It’s easier to handle because of it. You’re like, “OK, I feel comfortable, everyone’s nice. I’m not surrounded by paparazzi”,’ she says. (In fact, I register the exact moment the man at the counter realises who he’s been talking to. Five minutes after we sit down at our crate with our salads, a table is magically found.) Working on a film set can be notoriously tricky: everyone has stories of clashing egos, badly behaved stars (and, yes, writers). But even grizzled, veteran crew members observed what a happy production Me Before You was. Perhaps it was down to the director Thea Sharrock, who hails from theatre and is collaborative rather than dictatorial, but it was unquestionably helped by the fact that Clarke and Sam Claflin (Finnick from The Hunger Games; Alistair Ryle in The Riot Club), who plays the male lead Will Traynor, plainly loved working together. It was not unusual to see the two of them skidding around the set on Will’s electric wheelchair, or pranking each other in the trailers. For a weepie about a man who doesn’t want to live, there was an awful lot of laughter. ’These movies happen once in a blue moon. Lou has this quote, “This has been the best six months of my entire life.” That was true for me,’ Emilia says. ‘Our crew had such a giggle. Everyone just got on. Thea is an absolute dreamboat. She’s an actor’s director and, let me tell you, they are few and far between.’
MIRROR.CO.UK – Emilia Clarke is about to hit the big screen in tearjerking rom-com Me Before You.
We’re used to seeing the British actress controlling dragons, as heroine Daenerys Targaryen, so we’re delighted to see her in a different light.
She plays Lou Clarke, a girl who goes to work as a carer for Will Traynor, a paralysed rich boy, played by Sam Claflin, him off The Hunger Games.
Emilia, 29, tells us more about her character and how this film made an entire rugby team cry…
What made you want to be in this film?
It was so joyful and funny and I got to do all the things I always wanted to do. The director was like “Do it! More! More!” I’m like, “What? Yes! I get to really crack people up!” Everything I’m known for on-screen is so different from who I am but, with this, in between takes, I’d be no different.
Must have been tough working with the incredibly hot Sam Claflin…
Just dreamboat. I feel like on movie sets, leads either hate each other or love each other – and happily we were in the ‘love each other’ category. He’s a dude.
You’re all Hollywood these days. How was it filming in Blighty?
I got to sleep in my own bed! We filmed it in London – it was so dreamy. It’s been getting really weird – people were like, “I didn’t realise you were British!” What?! So I’ll be very happy when people realise I’m proper English.
When Harry Met Sally is the ultimate for me – I know it all off by heart. Anything with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in it: Sleepless In Seattle, You’ve Got Mail. Then Four Weddings And A Funeral. Notting Hill. They’re all shameless – proper stay at home on a Sunday with a box of Kleenex stuff.
And Me Before You is going to be up there…
I brought my best friend to see it, and she turned round, sobbing, and said, “You told me it was a rom-com!” Matt Lewis [who plays Patrick, Lou’s boyfriend] brought all of his rugby team with him, and he said, “Mate, you made 12 grown men cry!”
Are you romantic?
Er… yeah. I watched Cinderella the other day, because my Thrones mate Richard Madden is in it. And it’s really good, Disney movies are folk stories. We’re all just trying to find magic to elevate the mundane day-to-day life. Rom-coms make you feel like there’s hope.
ENQUIRER – In person, Emilia Clarke is radically different from her ruthless platinum blonde Daenerys in “Game of Thrones.” Sporting her natural shoulder-length brunette hair, Emilia is sweet, vivacious and laughs heartily. She often flashes her winning smile.
The London native conceded that Louisa “Lou” Clark, her caregiver character in the film adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ acclaimed novel, “Me Before You,” is the most similar to her of all the roles she has played so far.
“I do more acting on ‘Game of Thrones’ than I did on this one,” she admitted, breaking into her boisterous laugh, which was like a ray of sunshine in this windowless basement meeting room of the Ritz Carlton Central Park Hotel.
Her thick eyebrows are as animated as they are in “Me Before You.” Those eyebrows have a life of their own and deserve billing credit, especially when they are used by Emilia to beseech Sam Claflin’s William “Will” Traynor, a paraplegic under the care of Lou.
In this love story, a romance blooms between Lou and Will. But he has decided to end his life by assisted suicide in six months; she tries her best to make him change his mind.
There’s one thing Emilia doesn’t have in common with Lou, who has a quirky fashion sense and loves bumblebee tights. “There’s a difference, but I love clothes as much as Lou does, that’s for sure,” said Emilia, who was fetching in a blue lace strap dress.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Notice: This post contains a spoiler from Sunday’s Game of Thrones, “Book of the Stranger”
Daenerys Targaryen added another spectacular feat to her legendary history on Sunday night’s Game of Thrones. She not only escaped her Dothraki captors, but also brought the house down — literally — with an epic fire-goddess scene that reminded everyone the Mother of Dragons is not to be trifled with.
While fans have assumed Dany would somehow eventually escape her confinement at Vaes Dothrak, the most common prediction was that Ser Jorah and Daario Naharis would simply smuggle her out, or that Drogon would swoop down to torch her enemies like at the end of season 5. But showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss concocted a far more clever, shocking, and character-driven twist.
As Clarke excitedly describes the scene to EW: “It’s so exciting, very tingly-making. Every season I get at least one spine-chilling moment. I just stand up and I go, ‘I’m hearing what you’re all saying, but funny thing, I’m going to kill you all. I forgot that I have an ace in my back pocket and now I win.’”
It’s long been assumed Dany is fireproof through some magical Targaryen bond with her dragons. We saw in the pilot that she walks into a scalding bath; later, she declares, “He was no dragon; fire cannot kill a dragon,” after her brother perishes; and eventually, she emerges Unburnt from her dragons’ birth. (In George R.R. Martin’s novels, however, Dany’s fire-immunity was apparently a one-time thing, the author has suggested.) In a way, being fireproof has been Dany’s covert superpower since the show launched.
Also, some additional production stills from the episode have been released and now added to the gallery, enjoy! (HD screencaps are on their way!)
COSMOPOLITAN.CO.UK. – Warning: If you’re yet to catch up on Game of Thrones, you might want to look away now.
ETONLINE – ET called up Westeros newcomer Joe Naufahu, who plays Dothraki leader Khal Moro, to get the exclusive scoop on what’s coming next on our journey to Vaes Dothrak and what Emilia Clarke is really like on the GoT set!
How would you describe Daenerys and Khal Moro’s dynamic moving forward?
Joe Naufahu: It’s strenuous, but at the same time I think there is a lot of respect there at the moment. I think there is going to be some fireworks coming up, but at the moment, it’s all very respectful. There was a lot of natural attraction on Moro’s part, anyway, but once he knew what the situation was, he’s been nothing but a gentleman, and whether that carries on will remain to be seen…. I think his mentality is, ‘Well, if I can’t have you — no one can.’ And conveniently, as part of the Dothraki traditions, he’s like, ‘Since you are a wife of a Khal, and your Khal is dead, you’re going to spend the rest of your time in Vaes Dothrak.’ I think that’s his little way of getting back at her for not giving it up for him.
Dany always finds a way to gets what she wants. Will she be able to charm her way away from Khal Moro?
JN: She’s not too charming. She’s got a big arsenal of weapons at her disposal and she’s not the charming little girl you’d think. Everyone knows that she’s got a big army and I don’t know whether these Dothraki can handle it, but we’ll have to see what happened.
What were you most surprised to learn about Emilia?
JN: Just she’s a bit of a tomboy. I think I learned that she’s got a few brothers and when she was hanging out with the Dothraki, she was just like one of the boys and that was really cool. You always wonder what these people and these actors are like when you read about them in the papers and stuff, and it was cool to know that she’s just a really cool chick. Really down to earth and really funny and goofy and not a prima donna at all.
Did you ever prank Emilia?
JN: No, I didn’t, but I should have! She got me really good. I fell asleep and she decided to smother dessert all over my face and all over my Dothraki outfit and my beard, so I woke up to that one morning at 3 a.m. covered in caramel fudge! It’s every guy’s dream to be covered in caramel fudge by Emilia, right? I was living my fantasy. [Laughs] I shouldn’t have woken up.