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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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.”
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)
Apparently you have a habit of bringing breakfast to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, especially if you count chocolate as a breakfast food.
Yes! That is very true. I like to take care of the cast. Everyone keeps calling me the Jewish mum, because I keep trying to feed everyone. I take Cory Michael Smith the chocolate macaroons from Dean & Deluca — it’s sweetness upon sweetness. Sean [Mathias], our director, is a crazy man for hot chocolate, so I’ll always bring him one. And Scott [Faris], our assistant director, is like a huge fan of oatmeal raisin muffins, so I get them for him. I’m loaded like a pack horse full of treats every day, but I think they’re appreciated, you know? It’s nice to do stuff for people when everyone’s stressed out.
Does anyone reciprocate? Give you treats in return?
They’re giving me all their love and support! They’re giving me a Broadway experience! All the muffins in the world couldn’t weigh up with that.
Your co-star and your understudy told me that you get teased during rehearsals.
How they tease me? What did they say? Tell me!
They said that they yell out, “Dragons!” or “Bring me my dragons!” during inopportune moments.
That definitely does happen. I get quite a few Khaleesi jokes a fair amount of the time. They kind of all blur into one, but there have been some doozies. No matter how many muffins I bribe them with, I still get the Khaleesi thing! You’d think they’d chill out a little bit, but no. [Laughs] I’m normally the first to take the piss out of myself, so I kind of encourage it, I suppose. And a lot of the Game of Thrones fans have really come out to the show, which is really wonderful. And I hope they get a different experience than what they’re used to seeing me doing.
Even though you’re not supposed to do this during Broadway shows, and people should be used to this by now, people were trying to take photos of your nude scene?
It’s a little distracting. It’s not really the kind of theater to whip out your camera and take pictures. And the frenzy that’s being highly publicized didn’t really ever happen. There might be a weird looking or bizarre photo or two floating around, but I promise you, I’ve never been in a performance and suddenly hit with a tirade of people taking my photograph on stage. There’s more of a furor surrounding the cat, to be honest. And it couldn’t be the Game of Thrones fans taking those pictures, because you can just go on YouTube and see everything you want, or see something that’s more centered around that.
How are you enjoying the evolution of Dany this season?
It’s the most wonderful, the filming for season three, the most glorious. She made a lot of mistakes before, and she’s been biding her time, and then in season three, she really hit the ground running, 0 to 60. And it’s been wonderful because she has so much to do, and so much to learn, and she’s so quick. And there’s all these different characters she meets on her journey, and a little spattering of love.
The spattering of love must be Daario Naharis.
Yeah! The new kid on the block for her. Ed Skrein [who plays Daario] is just gorgeous. He’s the sweetest, kindest person ever, and then he looks so badass, so it’s a dangerous concoction.
The cast is so vast, you’re all in shooting in different countries. Who do you text with when you’re separated?
Me and Richard [Madden, who plays Robb Stark] and Alfie [Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy] and Kit [Harington, who plays Jon Snow], we sort of rule the young ‘uns for being the exact same age and starting at the same time. We took on this adventure together. It’s quite lovely that we’re all still very much in love with each other. And then obviously, my girl Rose Leslie [who plays Ygritte], who is just the coolest chick on the entire planet. I’m determined — determined! — to be a wildling extra at some point, just to find her and kind of say, “I’m in Iceland!”, and see what she says. [Laughs] We’re complete geeks, all of us. Of course, each of us thinks we’re the one that’s going to win. And wondering who Jon Snow’s parents actually are is still very much up for debate.
Some people theorize that since the whole book series is called “A Song of Ice and Fire,” Jon is ice and Dany is fire, so it’s ultimately all about your characters.
Well, my ego would love that! [Laughs] Would that mean Jon becomes my lover? I would love for that to be the case! I think there’s lots of other theories going around as well, but it does make some sense. Of course, my favorite theory is that Dany wins. [Laughs] “A Song of Ice and Fire,” what else could that mean? Bring Khal Drogo back, that’s what I’d like to see. He’s dead. He’s out cold. Maybe that can be the ice. I mean, he lives on in my dragons. But [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] know. They know all the answers, and they won’t tell anyone! Doesn’t matter how much of a headlock you get them in, they will not let you know.
If the headlock isn’t working, maybe you need to try bribery — macaroons and muffins, as you do on Broadway.
Tell me about it! This is where I’ve gone wrong! Do you think Jason Momoa [who plays Khal Drogo], Kit, Rose and I could share the throne? Have a little bit each? Like double date the throne? I think that would work out perfectly. I’m going to start adding my own pages, and see if anyone notices: “And they ended up happily ever after.”
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Added in the gallery a photoshoot taken during these interviews :)
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With her role as an exiled queen on Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke converted a whole lot of fantasy-averse American men into swords-and-sorcery nerds. And she did it all while wearing nothing but her long platinum tresses and several clingy baby dragons. More accurately: because she wore nothing but her long platinum tresses and several clingy baby dragons.
So now that you know, you totally see it, right? That even without that stare-at-the-sun-white wig, Emilia Clarke is totally her: Daenerys Targaryen, a.k.a. Khaleesi, a.k.a. the super-naked Mother of Dragons, a.k.a. the most immediately recognizable among the ninety-sevenish characters on Game of Thrones. “Which is exactly true, but also so funny, because I’m so immediately unrecognizable,” Clarke says. “It takes a die-hard fan to actually spot me. These HBO events, where I’ll be talking to someone for a fair amount of time, and then suddenly they’re like, Oh shit! That’s what you do!—they think I’m some crazy Brit who snuck her way into a Hollywood party.” Which sounds like a nice deal for a suddenly very famous young actress—to hide in plain sight. But in Morocco, where Dany’s season-three scenes were shot over six weeks last summer, might it have been tempting to stay in character sometimes? “I keep asking to go out with the wig at night, but they insist there’s no way. They won’t let me go partying with it on! I would be killed on the spot,” she says. “It’s silly to say, but when I take the wig off at the end of the day, I’m rather disappointed when I look in the mirror.” Doubtful!
But really, right now is good: critical love, and massive viewership, and job assurance, at least until HBO laps author George R.R. Martin’s still unfinished saga, of which Clarke is a “genuine geek.” Plus, she’s plotting follow-ups to “my first real job.” Like playing Holly Golightly on Broadway (opening this month), or maybe making a ballistic comedy (Clarke laughs as often as some people blink, and doesn’t mind being seen around L.A. with Seth MacFarlane)—or, better, crashing her other favorite shows: “I’d give my right arm to be, like, a random extra on Girls, just to walk past one of the scenarios. I’d love that more than anything. Or, like, a meth head on Breaking Bad. It’d be like Where’s Wally?!” (Which you’ve gotta hear— her true, highborn British accent pronouncing the book’s true British title: Wally!) “Only, again, without the wig, they wouldn’t recognize me.” Like picking Waldo out of a crowd without his hat. Or his dragons. (source)
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