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.”
Emilia, with the rest of the new Terminator Cast (Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney and Arnold Schwarzenegger) pose for a portrait during press day for Terminator Genisys at The London Hotel on Sunday (March 22) in Los Angeles. Check the beautiful portraits in our gallery! Sadly only MQ versions for now, hopefully I’ll be able to add the HQs soon!
EDIT: HQs added thanks to Kikky!!
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)
ACCESS HOLLYWOOD – At the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere in San Francisco, Emilia Clarke previews what fans we’ll see happen with Daenerys Targaryen and the dragons.
POPSUGAR – Who knew Emilia Clarke was so kinky? The actress who plays Daenerys revealed to us a list of people she’d like to see her character hook up with on Game of Thrones. The best part is that she wants them all to happen at the same time!
Photos from the Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere held in San Francisco on Monday (March 23) have now been added to the gallery (sorry for the delay!). Thanks to Far Far Away for some of the HQs. Emilia looked beautiful in an Alexander McQueen black gown.