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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.
The Emilia Good Morning America interview she recorded while in New York last week, enjoy!
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Beautiful stills of Emilia’s appearance at Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (June 29) have now been added to the gallery, enjoy the beauty!
Additional photos from the Terminator Genisys Press Conference and Premiere in Los Angeles have been added to the gallery, be sure to check them! Big thanks to my friend Hailey for helping me with some pics.
Public Appearances > 2015 Appearances > June 28: Terminator Genisys Los Angeles Premiere [+42]
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)
Beautiful portraits of Emilia taken during the Terminator Genisys Press Conference in Los Angeles have now been added to the gallery, with big thanks to my friend Hailey for the HQs!