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.
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)
Were you frustrated by Daenerys Targaryen’s season 2 progress on Game of Thrones?
Emilia Clarke understands. Sitting in the lounge of a hotel in West Hollywood, her natural dark hair effectively hiding her TV alter ego as the dragon queen to passing guests, Clarke says her character had a “very frustrating season two.” The exiled heir to the Iron Throne spent the season in the wealthy city of Qarth, getting the runaround from its rich patrons, battling a warlock and even losing her precious trio of young dragons for a time (say it with me now, “Where are my dragons!?”).
Season 3 starts much the same way. Dany arrives at another Mediterranean-style city (called Astapor) and still seeks resources to invade Westeros. But expect her story to move very quickly. “She hits the ground running, lets put it that way,” Clarke says. “Season two was so much about trust and she learned she couldn’t trust many people. Season three is her trusting herself and not trusting other people. She has to prove to herself and others that she knows what she’s doing.”
Dany sets her sights on acquiring a slave army called the Unsullied. The fighting men are considered among the best in the world, though are also quite expensive. “She starts the season with nothing — just the dragons,” she says. “It’s a huge test this season to get the army. It’s what she always should have had, basically.” Her dragons, by and by, are firmly bigger and more vicious than last year, as the Thrones producers discussed in our previous post. Not that Dany is afraid of them. “Her maternal instinct outweighs any trepidation,” she says.
The 25-year-old Clarke has a unique position on the hit show since her character doesn’t interact with any of the show’s main cast members. She’s basically the star of her own separate program and this season her scenes were largely shot in an entirely different country (Morocco) from the rest of the show. “I get to be in The Dany Zone for ages,” she says. “I always get the lovely hot destination.”
Though her characters still longs for her ill-fated Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), she says fans can expect a “light smattering of romance” this season.
Clarke has also been expanding her sights beyond Thrones recently, starring in a new stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway. “She’s probably the nicest human on the planet,” says Thrones executive producer David Benioff. “But when she goes full Daenerys Stormborn, you completely believe she’d burn people alive.”
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” ‘Everybody couldn’t help but think I was a dyke myself, and of course I was—everyone is a bit,’ “ says Emilia Clark, quoting Holly Golightly, the manic heroine of Truman Capote’s 1958 novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Golightly has been cemented into the American pop cultural canon since Audrey Hepburn’s film portrayal of her in 1961, but the young British actress is preparing to make the ostentatious gadabout her own this season at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.
From the novella, the quote is one of those deliciously haughty affirmations that Golightly puffs out faster than the “esoteric cigarettes” she smokes. It’s also a taste of the real appeal her bawdy character holds, beyond the sublime sight of Hepburn, bibbed in pearls and clad in the littlest black dress, swanning up and down Fifth Avenue.
According to Clarke, those only familiar with the film’s tidy rom-com conventions — the fledgling writer Paul (played by George Peppard), whom Holly insists on calling Fred, tries, and succeeds, in taming his downstairs neighbor Holly’s wild heart — will discover a richer, darker, and perhaps swishier story in the play. “The movie kind of glossed over a lot of stuff,” says Clarke. “I just think they missed the depth the novella offers, and the subtext and what it’s saying about the time and sexuality.”
For starters, Capote’s original Fred, played by Corey Michael Smith, is a bit more precious on the page than onscreen. (In the stage adaptation, Golightly refers to him as one of the “young boys with limited means and unlimited confusion.”) Though admittedly obsessed with Golightly, Fred seems less ruled by a desire to have her than to be her. And, asks Clarke, who wouldn’t be?
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