THE VIOLET FILES – Emilia Clarke has been crying. The 29-year-old actress just said goodbye to her best friend, who had been visiting for the past month. “There were tears,” she says. “Two crying girls.” Indeed, friends and family are everything to Clarke. While she’s known for enjoying the company of dragons in her icon-making role on HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones, in real life the people close to the actress are “what makes me feel powerful,” she asserts.
Clarke splits her time between Los Angeles (she has a house in Venice) and London, which she considers home. But “ninety percent of the time I live out of a suitcase,” she says. In the wake of the season-six Thrones premiere [when VIOLET GREY met the actress], the suitcase is coming out, as Clarke heads off to Washington, D.C., for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She is then flying to Kentucky to start work on what she calls her most demanding role to date, in the film adaptation of Joe Sharkey’s true-crime book Above Suspicion. “It’s an amazing, dark, dark drama—Phillip Noyce is directing. I get to play a drug addict—it is really gritty and I cannot wait!” she says with great zest. “It’s so incredibly outside my experience, and takes on a real story,” she explains of the role’s challenges. “When you take a piece of material that is already loved out of people’s imaginations and put it on screen, you know you’re going to make some people happy and some people unhappy.”
In preparation, she’s taking a deep dive into all things Southern, studying reference materials like history books and the documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (“It gives you a real insight,” she enthuses). The already lively Clarke becomes even more animated when discussing her craft: “Everyone’s got a reason for being the way they are, making the choices they make,” she says of her technique. “And if you can tap into those reasons, you can give a fully realized performance that’s lived instead of just being a job.”
USA TODAY – Call her the Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, and undisputed Queen of Pranks.
Yes, Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke is a notoriously crafty prankster, according to her Me Before You co-star Sam Claflin. Filming the tearful romance last year, her most memorable hijinks included a remote-controlled fart machine, which she would casually unleash on unsuspecting cast and crew. She also framed Claflin for “stealing” her Daenerys doll, by planting it in his bag and plastering the U.K. set with mock-up “wanted” posters.
But as a self-described clean freak, the British actor says the worst prank may have been when Clarke put fish in his socks. Claflin tells USA TODAY:
“They were brand new socks. I had worn them for only three minutes in the morning — like, literally to get from my house to work. I took them off to get into my costume and they stayed in my trailer until the very end of the day. … I don’t really like fish. It’s not my favorite smell or anybody’s. I just remember as I picked up my socks, I was like, ‘That feels odd.’ So I pulled them apart and went to put one (foot) in, and I fully gagged. I was like, ‘What?’ “
Afterward, “he made me feel so bad, oh, my God,” Clarke says. “But then I bought him three pairs of really nice socks.”
But she didn’t get off that easy: Claflin also had his share of fun at Clarke’s expense.
“I stole all her furniture, which was pretty epic,” Claflin remembers. “I stuck it all in my room, but then my room was way too overcrowded. I couldn’t move!”
It’s safe to say, these two must have April Fool’s Day on lock. (source)
USA TODAY – NEW YORK — Me Before You has something most weepy romances don’t: laughs.
Writing the film version of her 2012 novel, “it was important to keep the humor going as much as the sadder elements,” author Jojo Moyes says. The fun continued after the cameras stopped rolling, say stars Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke, who play a paralyzed man and his affable caretaker in the drama (in theaters Friday). Some of the charismatic duo’s funniest (and most painful) on-set stories:
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!)