June 2013: the internet announces the engagement of Emilia Clarke, 26, actor known for her role in HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones, to James Franco, film star, director, writer, thinker. Text messages fly in from Clarke’s friends, some of whom she hasn’t spoken to since she was about four years old. “I had my aunt from America calling me up and being like” – Clarke slips into a brassy East Coast accent – “‘Where’s the ring?’”
She lets out a peal of laughter so gleeful you can almost hear the exclamation marks. She had met Franco only twice when the gossip sites, intoxicated by the sight of them visiting an art fair together in New York, announced their utterly nonexistent betrothal. “It’s hilarious,” says Clarke. “He is, of course, beautiful. But I feel there’s only a handful of women who could form an engagement after two meetings, and I’m not one of them.”
This is what happens when you are Hollywood’s latest crush. Clarke’s Game of Thrones role as Khaleesi, the ivory-haired warrior queen, has transformed her, in an eyeblink, from drama-school graduate to red-carpet beauty and potential Mrs Franco. In the two years since landing the part, Clarke has had an Emmy nomination and a lead role on Broadway; she has travelled the world to shoot Game of Thrones (Croatia, Morocco, Iceland); she has dated one of the wealthiest men in Hollywood (Seth MacFarlane). And now she’s in a film with Jude Law, which is as good way as any of saying that life is pretty great.
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CBS revealed the full roster of presenters for the 2013 Emmy Awards on Thursday (Sept. 19), and the list includes some of the most talented and fan-favorite performers on television.
“Trophy Wife’s” Malin Akerman, “Arrow’s” Stephen Amell, “Nashville’s” Connie Britton, “Scandal’s” Dan Bucatinsky, “Game of Thrones’” Emilia Clarke, Jimmy Fallon, Tim Gunn, “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm, “How I Met Your Mother’s” Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders, Mark Harmon, LL Cool J, “The Mindy Project’s” Mindy Kaling, Heidi Klum, Melissa Leo, “The Good Wife’s” Julianna Margulies, “Hostages’” Dylan McDermott, Bob Newhart, “Breaking Bad’s” Dean Norris, “The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons, Carrie Preston, and “Ironside’s” Blair Underwood.
The Emmys, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
An “old” interview Emilia did after she discovered her Emmy nomination:
What show would you want to guest-star on?
My very best friend ever, Rose Leslie, who plays Ygritte on ['Game of Thrones'], was on ‘Downton Abbey.’ My Brit sort of says maybe that one. One of the other shows I would very much love to be a part of is ‘Mad Men’ — walking around that office. Or being a meth head in ‘Breaking Bad’ — that would be wicked. Then I’d really start seeing dragons.
What would you be doing if you weren’t acting?
Something in music. Something creative. I do love singing. I wouldn’t say I’m any good, but I definitely love it, especially jazz singing.
If you could duet with Neil Patrick Harris during the show, what would you sing?
“The Way You Look Tonight.”
Two episodes of “Futurama” left, and producers are continuing to do what they do best: make nerds happy.
Emilia Clarke, aka Daenerys Targaryen from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” guest stars on the August 28 episode as Dr. Zoidberg’s ideal mate: a gorgeous woman born with no sense of smell. Good thing, too, because Zoidberg admits he’s “smellier than a whorehouse’s outhouse.”
Here, we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at the couple’s first date, complete with more gratuitous references to raccoon violence than should be allowed on basic cable:
One of “Futurama’s” strengths has always been its sincere emotion cutting through and heightening the jokes that come flying out at 186,000 miles per second. There have already been several teary-eyed moments this season, and more are promised — could this be the most despised Planet Express employee’s last chance for love? Or will our final memory of the educated crustacean be him getting his heart broken by the Mother of Dragons?
More important still: When will the cast of “Futurama” cross over into “Game of Thrones”? Leela and Brienne in a remake of “Thelma and Louise”? Bender and Tyrion in a remake of anything?!
Only time (or, more likely, wildy imaginative fan fiction) will tell for sure.
Actress Emilia Clarke is best known for her role on HBO’s Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Princess of Dragonstone, Breaker of Chains, Mhysa, and Mother of Dragons. Now the actress can add Emmy nominee to her titles. EW chatted with the London-born actress on the phone this morning about the big news.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations on the nomination! How did you find out this morning?
Emilia Clarke: It’s genuinely the weirdest thing. 6 a.m. rolls around, and my alarm in the hotel went off, and I definitely didn’t set it — definitely, definitely. So I went into a frenzy, throwing everything I could at all of the electrical appliances in the room trying to make whatever noise was going on stop. Then I saw my phone and I was like, Ah! Oh my goodness, hopefully the show got nominated because I had a sleepless night praying Dan and David would get nominated for writing. Because I just think they deserve it so much. So it took a couple of phone calls for me to actually hear from my publicist that I myself was also nominated. [Laughs] And then I cried. [Laughs] It’s all quite too much to handle.
How are you feeling now?
For me, the nomination is literally the end of the line. It’s amazing. I’m so, so, so happy. I owe absolutely everything to HBO. I’m just happy that the show itself got recognized. It’s just wonderful.
The show, this season especially, features dramatic changes for its characters. Talk about Daenerys’ arc and where she is by the end of season 3.
Throughout the series, she literally started as a mute, terrified princess with a sort of vague idea that she should be on the throne. Three seasons in, and she is the mother of three fast-growing dragons and the queen of an army of over 10,000. I think it shows the power of what women can do. [Laughs] And hopefully by the end of the series, she’ll be stuck atop the Iron Throne. I’m still holding out for that.
What scene this season was most challenging or fun to film? Daenerys has some pretty badass moments.
Episode four, the getting of the army, the taking of the Unsullied army, was just as much fun to film as it was to watch. It took two days to film, and we had so many extras there. To turn around and shout in Valyrian was quite an empowering experience. Even after take 22, I was like, Yup. Still cool. I’m still shouting.
In a statement following the interview, Clarke added, “Yer chomoe anhaan. Jin ha Khalaan, shekh ma shieraki anni.” For those not fluent in Dothraki, it translates to: “You do honor to me. This is for the Khal — my sun and stars.”
(read the rest of the interview at the SOURCE)
Emilia Clarke of “Game of Thrones” has a rising career.
The British actress has shot to fame thanks to her role as Daenerys Targaryen on the hit HBO show, and now she’s ready to translate her success into a movie career.
Clarke will be appearing in several movies, which she spoke to The Independent about in an interview about her acting hopes and upcoming roles.
“I came out of my mum’s stomach going ‘I want to be an actor!’ And then when I was 18, I went to drama school, and trained there for three years, and then a year out of that, I got Game of Thrones,” Clarke said.
The beautiful star has been named one of the hottest young British actresses, resulting in her new roles like the stripper she’ll be playing in James Franco’s new movie “The Garden of Last Days”, which sparked dating rumors of the two.
More recently, Clarke played Holly Golightly in a “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” New York City production, in which many fans flocked to see Clarke in, reported Gawker.
Given all the attention the actress has been getting for her acting and beauty, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future.