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TV3 XPOSE Entertainment – Terminator Genisys director Alan Taylor says Emilia Clarke’s British training was one of the main reasons he cast her in the movie.
Emilia Clarke was cast in the new Terminator movie thanks to her British training. The Game of Thrones actress stars as John Connor’s mother in Terminator Genisys.
And the movie’s director Alan Taylor has opened up about just why he chose Emilia, 28, for the role. In fact, Alan says it was Emilia’s ability to take on the part without altering her behaviour in between takes that secured her the part.
“She’ll be in a scene sobbing and as soon as you say, ‘cut,’ she’ll turn back to the crew and finish the joke she was telling before she started,” Alan told The Hollywood Reporter. “She can step into and out of it in a way that some American actors can’t.”
Emilia stars alongside Jai Courtney and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming movie.
Prior to being cast in the new Terminator picture, Emilia was most famous for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, which she has starred in since 2011. But Emilia added in the interview that she had no idea the programme would become as successful as it did.
“Never in a million years did I think Game of Thrones was going to take off like it did,” Emilia said. “It’s taken me five years to catch up with it. I’m still not sure I’m there.”
Now Emilia is a household name, she has her pick of movie roles. In fact, she turned down the part of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. The part was eventually taken by Dakota Johnson.
However, Emilia insists she has “no regrets” about passing on the role. (source)
For some reason, Emilia Clarke best remembers the fruit plate.
It was 2010, and the actress was standing before Game of Thrones‘ casting director and several of the show’s producers. But all she could see was the produce. “There was a huge, incredible plateau of fruit,” Clarke, 28, recalls in her chirpy British accent. “I was like, ‘Wow, I’ve arrived. This is a serious audition.’ “
Just one year out of the famed Drama Centre London (other alums include Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy), the self-described “country girl” who grew up in Berkshire near Oxford University (where her father is a theater sound engineer and her mom a marketing exec) was struck by the extravagance. But Clarke was auditioning for the role of a queen, Daenerys Targaryen, potential heir to the Iron Throne. And HBO was willing to spend like a Lannister — $8 million for the pilot, $50 million to $60 million for the first season — in order to build the series. The snacks better be good.
Of course, in the five years since, Game of Thrones has become the most successful show in HBO history, surpassing even The Sopranos, with an average 18.4 million viewers an episode across all platforms. The series has grown so big, it’s being used as the cornerstone of HBO’s new business model; it’s no accident that HBO Now — a service that can bypass the cable companies and allows access to its programs via Apple TV for a monthly charge of $15 — is launching right before GOT’s fifth-season premiere April 12.
“Never in a million years did I think Game of Thrones was going to take off like it did,” says Clarke, settling into her chair at a Greenwich Village bistro with a cafe Americano (she lives in London but is in New York for the upcoming GOT publicity blitz). “It’s taken me five years to catch up with it. I’m still not sure I’m there.”
Oh, she’s there. Game of Thrones is a kingdom teeming with ambitious actors hungry for a big break. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau took his shot last spring in the Cameron Diaz rom-com The Other Woman. Kit Harington had his chance playing a gladiator in February 2014’s Pompeii. But Clarke is the only castmember who’ll be stepping onto the big screen with better billing than Arnold Schwarzenegger, starring as no less a film icon than “Sarah f—ing Connor” — as Clarke refers to her — in Terminator: Genisys, Paramount and Skydance’s $170 million reboot of the 31-year-old series (out July 1). She also was, presumably, the only GOT actor approached to play Dakota Johnson’s role in Fifty Shades of Grey (unless Peter Dinklage is hiding something), which she ended up turning down. “No regrets,” she says, sipping her coffee.
LOOK.co.uk – There aren’t many people who can add ‘working with dragons’ to their CV, but Emilia Clarke, 27, is an exception. Next month, she’ll return to our screens, almost certainly winning hearts and conquering her next kingdom, as Game Of Thrones’ most powerful female character Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons.
Emilia’s role as a goddess-like figure has turned her into an international star, especially as she spends a lot of time naked on the show. Talking about getting her kit off on TV in front of millions, she laughs about auditioning for the role and being told there might be some nudity involved: “I was given scenes to read and was told there may be nudity – a smidgen, I think, was the word used,” Emilia says. “I read the final script and my jaw dropped to the floor.”
If you haven’t managed to catch the show (seriously, where have you been?!) you only have until 9 April to catch up, because series five is set to be epic and with even bigger dragons. Gulp. We sat down with the GoT star to discover a little bit more about those nude scenes and why we’re all obsessed with the show…
Theirs was a deep, passionate celibate romance: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen). In Sunday’s Game of Thrones, Dany finally learned of her most trusted adviser’s early fleeting treachery, how the grizzled exiled knight who fled Westeros spied on her for the crown in an attempt to earn a pardon for trading in slaves. Of course, viewers know Jorah fell madly in love with the Breaker of Chains soon after joining her revolution on the ground floor in season one and it that he would never dream of betraying her today. “It’s something she’s aware of on one level,” Clarke says of Ser Jorah’s royal crush.
We chatted briefly with Clarke about Sunday’s break-up scene, which the actress says was the most difficult moment for her to shoot in the fourth season.
“Emotionally for me it was so intricate,” Clarke says. “Jorah’s been with me since day one, season one. The scene itself is unpleasant because I — Emilia — know that what Dany is doing is wrong, And it was the first time I’ve ever felt that.”
It’s a good point. Dany has been largely masterful in her decisions throughout the series, rising from an indentured bride for horselord Khal Drogo, to the ruler of the cities of Slaver’s Bay with an army and trio of dragons backing her up. But now by falling prey to Tywin Lannister’s poisoned pen letter, she’s throwing away one of her most valuable assets.
“I’m looking at Ian Glen thinking: ‘Don’t leave!’” she says. “I’m banishing him and all I want to do is cling to his ankles. It was really hard it marked one of the biggest decisions of this character to date.”
We know that Thrones characters often pay huge prices for relatively small mistakes on this show. Could the dismissal of Ser Jorah be the start of Dany’s downfall? (source)
“I’ve been growing with her, which is the exciting part,” Clarke said. “Man, she’s got more strength than I have, that’s for sure. Getting to be with her throughout this growth process is so exciting as an actor. While she’s pushing herself, I get to push myself and my acting every season.”
FOUR YEARS AGO, when Emilia Clarke was fresh out of drama school and “working six jobs to pay the rent,” she got a call from her agent: She had 24 hours to prepare for an audition for a new HBO show called Game of Thrones. “I called in sick to my catering job and Wikipedia-ed the crap out of it,” recalls the 27-year-old London-based actress, who landed the part of Daenerys “Dany” Targaryen four days later. “To be employed by HBO, I was like, ‘I can die now.'” These days, she flies off to locales like Malta, Croatia, and Morocco to film the fantasy series, the fourth season of which just premiered. Though her role—a displaced, white-blonde queen with three dragons as charges—is arguably the most memorable in a show full of unforgettable characters, the Emmy-nominated Clarke herself goes unrecognized most of the time, thanks to her natural brown hair and decidedly contemporary wardrobe. Today, she’s wearing white Topshop skinny jeans, a Helmut Lang tank top, and Tory Burch wedge sandals, a far cry from Daenerys’ signature flowing togas.
But flying beneath the radar keeps her humble. Clarke’s response to a recent AskMen survey that named her Most Desirable Woman of 2014? “I’m sure it was some member of my family clicking a thousand times,” jokes Clarke. “Maybe one of those men could ask me out on a date.” And should she ever fall prey to an inflated Tinseltown ego, her tiny hometown in Buckinghamshire in the south of England promises to keep her grounded. “I get to go home and walk the dog and no one really cares in the most glorious way,” she says. “They’re more intrigued about whether people are picking up the dog muck from the path.”
Clarke might have inherited her down-to-earth genes from her parents. She recalls showing her father, a theater sound engineer, a gold necklace inscribed with her “Mother of Dragons” moniker, “MOD,” given to her by Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Upon inspecting the nameplate, her father asked with a furrowed brow, “Why on earth have you got ‘Ministry of Defense’ ’round your neck?”
In addition to her Game of Thrones role, Clarke has played Holly Golightly in the Broadway version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She waxes exuberant equally about those she knows and respects (stage co-star Cory Michael Smith is “the love of my life…a fierce talent…a serious one to watch”) and those she’s never met and respects, like her “favorite person on the planet”: Ryan Gosling. “I don’t know him,” she says. “I’ve just read this interview where I’m like, ‘Okay, you’re now officially beautiful and intelligent.'”
She’s also done small British indies like 2012’s Spike Island, for which she claims viewers will need subtitles to understand her Manchester accent, and the just-released Dom Hemingway, in which she plays a daughter estranged from her criminal father (Jude Law). And for her next huge break, she’s currently training to play Sarah Connor in the next Terminator movie, set for 2015.
Though Clarke is just getting started, she already has her eye fixed firmly on the golden ring: “Personally, I’d like as many children as I can pop out, I reckon. You come from a happy family; you want to create a happy family. And in the same breath, I’d like to be on stage at England’s National Theatre, doing Miller and Chekhov. Give me a Sam Mendes/Tennessee Williams combination—that would be glorious. And to be making some Oscar-worthy movies with Scorsese. I’m always looking for the hard road. That way, you remain interested and interesting. Hopefully.”