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ESQUIRE – Years ago, when I was a grad student, I worked at an ice cream shop in Oxford called George & Davis’. Students from Teddies, one of the local private schools just up the road, used to come in all the time. One of them was Emilia Clarke.
She’s twenty-eight now, one of the stars of Game of Thrones, the mother not just of dragons but of John Connor in the latest Terminator movie, and Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive. It’s Sunday lunchtime. I was supposed to be taking my kids to Legoland. But I’m not—I’m going to interview Emilia.
My taxi pulls up at a house in Hampstead, an inner London suburb. Academics and writers used to live there. Now only bankers and lawyers and movie stars can afford it—you hear a lot of American accents on the street. Emilia’s house is part of a beautiful Georgian “terrace” (English for a section of row houses) with long front lawns, pretty pastel-colored stucco walls, big windows you can step out of. It’s just across the road from Hampstead Heath: eight hundred acres of hills, hedgerows, and countryside in the middle of London.
The weather is classic English summer’s day. It rained the night before, it will rain later that evening, but at lunchtime there’s a kind of chilly truce and the overcast sky has a certain brightness to it. Emilia comes out of the house to meet me—the buzzer isn’t working, and she shouts instructions apologetically from the doorstep as I fumble with the garden gate. She’s wearing dark jeans and low cowboy boots and a cloud-soft and cloud-colored cashmere top.
“I’m sorry if I’m shouting,” she tells me. “I was at a Metallica concert last night.”
Be sure to check in the gallery, the beautiful outtakes from the Esquire related photoshoot! Emilia looks SPLENDID! She’s just so so gorgeous! Scans from the issue will be added as soon as I get my hands on it. Enjoy these for now:
Emilia spoke with the Los Angeles Time about her Emmy’s nomination:
I was, hilariously, I was at the doctor’s waiting to go in [when I found out I was nominated]. It was a very embarrassing moment. There’s a lovely British girl waiting in the doctor’s office, and you’ve got the best news ever, and you’re very excited and a bit loud on the phone. All you want to do is just scream and shout, and you have all these people glaring at you thinking, ‘What is that woman on?’ So, yeah, I had to try and contain my excitement for that moment. But it was pretty brilliant nonetheless.
THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE – The secret about overnight success in Hollywood is that it never actually happens that way.
To the casual observer, Emilia Clarke might look like one of the lucky ones: The young British actress was seemingly plucked out of the ether to star as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones.” Just a few years later, she was chosen to make the leap to a summer blockbuster as Sarah Connor, one of action’s most iconic heroines, in “Terminator Genisys,” out Wednesday.
The ebullient Clarke, who nearly jumped out of her seat to answer questions in a recent interview, is the first to stress that she’s lucky to have reached these heights by age 28. But her path to playing some of the big and small screen’s most powerful women wasn’t exactly laid out before her.
Though Clarke is not from a royal Hollywood bloodline, she likes to say that she “grew up backstage” at the theaters of London, where her father was a sound designer. Clarke has also said she wanted to act since she was 3 years old, although that makes her laugh now.
“It was one of the first interviews I’d ever done and it was like, pick a number, any number, and I was like, ‘Let’s go with 3. Sure. Why not?’ Basically I just wanted to say from very young. I just can’t even think of a time in my life where I didn’t want to be an actor,” she said.
After hearing her prattle on for years about acting ambitions, her parents trotted her out to look at a drama school when she was 11. Clarke was terrified.
She saw the other kids in the school, hyper serious and driven, and decided she wanted to stay with her regular studies, work hard and get good grades, “just in case.”
If she still wanted to be a part of that world when she turned 18, she would go to drama school.
NYDAILYNEWS – Emilia Clarke is red-hot right now.
And not just because she could feel the pyrotechnics radiating on her skin while filming “Terminator Genisys.”
Her starring role in the latest installment of the sci-fi franchise opening Wednesday shows how far the British actress has come since breaking through on “Game of Thrones.”
“There’s one scene where I’m firing a grenade launcher into a fireball and then running…that was frighteningly real to film,” Clarke, 28, tells the Daily News. “That was one of those ones where I’m like, ‘I’m insured right? Okay, good.’”
Taking over the iconic role of Sarah Connor — made famous by Linda Hamilton in the first two movies — Clarke can’t reload a shotgun one-handed like her muscular predecessor, but she logged enough weeks on firearm training to become a pretty competent on-screen warrior.
To her, holding a gun is as scary as handling a dragon, as her “Thrones” character Daenerys does.
“You start to question yourself when you have a weapon that could genuinely kill someone in your hands and someone tells you, ‘Wow, you’re a really good shot,’” Clarke says. “Wow, I just freaked myself out there…but it’s all to tell a story.”
The Mother of Dragons was even more freaked out when she first found out the grisly fate of her friend Kit Harington’s character, Jon Snow, in the season finale of “Game of Thrones” that aired two weeks ago.
She wept when she read the script.
“We’ve had a lot of horrific deaths that I’ve read through … before I’ve seen the show,” says Clarke. “And this was one in particular. I’ve never gotten crazy emotional reading them, but then that finale was the one that had me genuinely in tears when I read it. I called Kit and then called (showrunners) David (Benioff) and Dan (Weiss) and being like, ‘Are you f—-ng kidding me?’”
A few months later, she had to watch the horrible scene unfold on TV as the hero was stabbed to death by the Night’s Watch, the brotherhood he le d.
Clarke admits she cried all over again. (read the rest of the article at the source)
ELLE – Emilia Clarke is fearless.
On Game of Thrones, she controls cities and dragons in Daenerys Targaryen’s quest for the Iron Throne. Off screen, the actress has been fashionably traveling the world to promote her upcoming film, Terminator: Genisys, on crutches due to a hip injury. Literally, nothing can stop her.
Which is why we shouldn’t be surprised that nude action scenes in Terminator didn’t scare her, either. “Naked in a harness was fun,” the actress said during a press conference in L.A., reports People. “Doing stunts, that was good. That was interesting.”
Thanks to many steamy Thrones scenes, Clarke has had ample opportunity to find comfort in her own on-screen nakedness. But when she stepped into the infamous shoes of Sarah Connor, the 28-year-old actress entered nude territory: Time traveling in her birthday suit. When you time hop, you can’t wear any clothes, so Clarke strips down so she can levitate opposite costar Jai Courtney in the newest installment of the sci-fi franchise. Thanks to crafty camera angles, Clarke doesn’t appear fully nude in the film (“I had a few things I tried to hide,” she joked).
More than the nudity factor, Clarke says it was pulling off the film’s insane stunts that tugged at her confidence. “In Game of Thrones I do a lot of delegating,” she explained. “In this movie, I really have to get down and dirty and do a lot of the stunts and gun work and everything. There are similarities, but Sarah Conner is a whole other kind of badass.” (source)
Awaiting my slot with the breakout star of HBO’s wildly successful series Game of Thrones, I’m already getting the impression the 28-year-old Brit isn’t anything like Daenerys Targaryen, the character she plays in the show.
It’s testament to the popularity of Clarke’s flaxen-haired heroine, aka Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, that she’ll be pulling in a reported $7 million salary by the time the series hits its seventh season (Season Five has just finished airing). And while she might have dismissed the figure as “not even close”, her star is undoubtedly about to go thermonuclear.
We’re here today to talk Terminator Genisys – the latest instalment of the series that began in 1984, in which Clarke reprises the role of the gun-toting warrior woman Sarah Connor opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie has blockbuster written all over it and is being billed as her ticket to the big time. Once I’m ushered into her suite, I’m greeted with the warmest of hellos and a huge, engaging smile. A petite 1.57m, Clarke’s flowing brunette hair frames a face that’s a step up from girl-next-door pretty, while a tight cream top and flirty skirt by Proenza Schouler hint at the curves that have, in part, thanks to plenty of nude scenes in the early days of Thrones, made her famous.
She must be too young to remember the original Terminator, I note. “Aw, bless you!” she trills. “But I was very aware of it. Sarah Connor is such an iconic character and there really was this mantle to uphold. But the beauty of this script is that it takes James Cameron’s original characters and puts them in an entirely new scenario, with a new history and everything.”
But while her backstory has been tweaked, Connor (played by a muscular Linda Hamilton in the original franchise) is still the kind of woman who catches bullets in her teeth for breakfast. For Clarke, preparing for the role meant: “Gun training. Lots of gun training. And they said I was really good… but then I was the one holding the gun!” From there: “It was just a case of putting on those Doc Martens and feeling like a badass.”