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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.”
Emilia actress recently chatted with InStyle UK about preparing for her role in the upcoming movie Terminator: Genesis.
“I’ve been spending all day, every day in weapons training,” Emilia said.
“I’ve been shooting guns, weightlifting, kickboxing and generally kicking a lot of ass. On top of that, I have not been allowed to eat anything that might taste good at all. Everything on these plates looks amazing but, heartbreakingly I’m not allowed to eat any of it,” Emilia noted the interview. “Not one thing on this table. Except a cup of tea. One cup of tea. No sugar. No cream.” (source)
Vanity Fair contributing editor Jim Windolf talks to George R. R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the ongoing book series on which the popular HBO show Game of Thrones is based, who tells Windolf that the show is indeed catching up to the books: “They are. Yes. It’s alarming.”
In the April issue of Vanity Fair, on stands March 13, show co-creator David Benioff tells Windolf, “Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.” Martin tells Windolf, “I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.”
Windolf reports that the presence of so many child actors in the cast, including the terrific Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, increases the time pressure. “This is a serious concern,” Martin tells Windolf. “Maisie was the same age as Arya when it started, but now Maisie is a young woman and Arya is still 11. Time is passing very slowly in the books and very fast in real life.”
Emilia Clarke has got us yearning for a trip to LA in her gorgeous sun-filled cover shoot in this month’s issue of InStyle.
We met up with the 26-year-old Game of Thrones actress at the iconic Montage hotel in Beverley Hills to talk fashion – ‘I’m wearing head-to-toes Topshop’ –dating, and, er, weapons training – ‘I’ve been shooting guns, weight lifting, kick-boxing and generally kicking a lot of ass.’ Safe to say, we love her.
For the full interview and shoot, pick up your copy of InStyle today! (source)