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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)
SUNDAY TIMES.AU – YOU can hear Emilia Clarke chitchatting away halfway down the corridor at the upscale The London hotel in Beverly Hills.
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.”
THE NEW PAPER – She has captured the hearts of countless fanboys as Daenerys Targaryen, the fearless, merciful queen who inspires devotion in her subjects and commands armies and dragons alike, in the hit TV series Game of Thrones.
Yet, in real life, British actress Emilia Clarke claims she hasn’t encountered any of them – not even suitors.
During a sit-down interview with M at The London West Hollywood hotel back in March, the 28-year-old, who is currently single, appeared amused when asked about her male fans all over the world.
The bubbly and vivacious wide-eyed beauty said: “People always say this to me, but I’m like, ‘Where are they?’.” She broke into loud laughter before continuing: “Any attractive ones? 701 is my room number.”
Clarke’s popularity is set to soar with her first big movie lead role of Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys, which opens here on June 25.
Dressed in a chiffon top and a midi skirt and flaunting a head full of luscious brunette locks, Clarke looked nothing like the platinum blonde “Mother of Dragons” that viewers are used to seeing on their small screens. In person, the petite 1.57m star is animated and chatty and comes across as a friendly girl next door. And that disparity in her appearance on and off the screen is something she is thankful for.
Clarke said: “I am very lucky that I look different from my character, so I don’t get stopped very much, which is brilliant. I still live in a quiet area of London.” She added jokingly: “I am just hiding, hiding in a pub in London.”
Even though Game Of Thrones continues to attract a wide international fan base and record-breaking viewership since it premiered in 2011, Clarke still feels amazed when other celebrities tell her that they watch the show.
“(US actor) Channing Tatum came up to me and told me he is a fan of Game Of Thrones. That was a big moment,” she said. “I was like, ‘Excuse me for a moment while I pass out, oh my God.’ It’s like, ‘What the… You know my name? That’s amazing.”
She talks to M about taking on the iconic role in the fifth instalment of the Terminator series, working with Arnold Schwarzenegger and how she feels when netizens think her bum looks “too big” in Game of Thrones. (source)
SUNDAYWORLD.COM – Emilia Clarke’s mum is “badass” and helped her channel the part of ‘Sarach Connor’ in the new ‘Terminator Genisys’ movie.
The 28-year-old revealed that her mum was a big influence on her growing up and the star feels lucky to have been able to play such strong female characters in her career so far.
In an interview with Marie Claire magazine she said: “It’s funny to me to talk about strong, independent women because I’ve got a really badass mum, so I’ve grown up thinking that women weren’t anything other than absolutely equal to men.” She added: “My career so far has been all about playing strong women.”
The ‘Mother of Dragons’ as she is known in the smash-hit series ‘Game of Thrones’, confessed that she really doesn’t want to “f**k up” the role of Sarah Connor and is terrified of being ripped apart by the franchise’s legion of fans if she doesn’t do the character justice.
She said: “You just can’t f**k it up. There’s a million billion boy fan-boys who will literally pull my head off if I do.”
However the star revealed that she was determined to put her stamp on the character.
She added: “I am not playing a copycat – her back story has changed and I’ve got to put my own spin on it.” (source)