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VOGUE UK – EMILIA CLARKE covers the May issue of British Vogue, marking the 28-year-old’s debut on home turf. Inside the issue, the Game of Thrones actress reveals all, including her parents’ reaction to her becoming an actress, and what it’s like returning for season five as one of TV’s most famous heroines.
“I went back to Game of Thrones and it was like coming home. Just the smell of the hotel in Belfast made me feel safe,” she revealed. “I told myself, forget the big game plan; all I want is to do jobs that make me happy.”
She has, however had to be careful what her parents see of her most famous role – Game of Thrones isn’t exactly known for being tame.
“When I first read the scripts, I was on holiday with my family. I told my dad, you’re not going to be able to watch the first five episodes.” (source)
PEOPLE.COM – She’s got a British accent in real life and speaks fluent Dothraki as Daenerys Targaryan on Game of Thrones, but these days Emilia Clarke is working on a more American sound.
Gearing up to star in the upcoming movie prequel Terminator Genisys, to out this summer, Clarke says she’s not new to the popular franchise.
“I was absolutely a fan. I watched Terminator growing up,” Clarke told PEOPLE at this week’s Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere in San Francisco.
So how is her Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation? “Very good,” she said lowering her brow and mimicking the actor’s low, Austrian intonation. Though a starring role in 50 Shades of Grey didn’t interest her, with this project, “It’s been an absolute dream come true getting to play with an icon,” she said.
As for what awaits her dragon-loving character on Thrones this season, “She’s getting ready for the iron throne,” Clarke told reporters. “She’s trying to find the right balance of good and evil, you need both to be a leader.”
TV3 XPOSE Entertainment – Terminator Genisys director Alan Taylor says Emilia Clarke’s British training was one of the main reasons he cast her in the movie.
Emilia Clarke was cast in the new Terminator movie thanks to her British training. The Game of Thrones actress stars as John Connor’s mother in Terminator Genisys.
And the movie’s director Alan Taylor has opened up about just why he chose Emilia, 28, for the role. In fact, Alan says it was Emilia’s ability to take on the part without altering her behaviour in between takes that secured her the part.
“She’ll be in a scene sobbing and as soon as you say, ‘cut,’ she’ll turn back to the crew and finish the joke she was telling before she started,” Alan told The Hollywood Reporter. “She can step into and out of it in a way that some American actors can’t.”
Emilia stars alongside Jai Courtney and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming movie.
Prior to being cast in the new Terminator picture, Emilia was most famous for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, which she has starred in since 2011. But Emilia added in the interview that she had no idea the programme would become as successful as it did.
“Never in a million years did I think Game of Thrones was going to take off like it did,” Emilia said. “It’s taken me five years to catch up with it. I’m still not sure I’m there.”
Now Emilia is a household name, she has her pick of movie roles. In fact, she turned down the part of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. The part was eventually taken by Dakota Johnson.
However, Emilia insists she has “no regrets” about passing on the role. (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.”
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.”