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Added the screencaps of the season premiere of Game of Thrones Valar Dohaeris in the gallery, together with a new still. Great start of the new season, don’t you think? :)
Emilia is going to guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, April 1st:
Monday, April 1: Guests include Alec Baldwin, Emilia Clarke, Celebrity Apprentice Castoff and musical guest Janelle Monae. DJ Jazzy Jeff sits in with The Roots. Show 0809 (source)
Apparently you have a habit of bringing breakfast to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, especially if you count chocolate as a breakfast food.
Yes! That is very true. I like to take care of the cast. Everyone keeps calling me the Jewish mum, because I keep trying to feed everyone. I take Cory Michael Smith the chocolate macaroons from Dean & Deluca — it’s sweetness upon sweetness. Sean [Mathias], our director, is a crazy man for hot chocolate, so I’ll always bring him one. And Scott [Faris], our assistant director, is like a huge fan of oatmeal raisin muffins, so I get them for him. I’m loaded like a pack horse full of treats every day, but I think they’re appreciated, you know? It’s nice to do stuff for people when everyone’s stressed out.
Does anyone reciprocate? Give you treats in return?
They’re giving me all their love and support! They’re giving me a Broadway experience! All the muffins in the world couldn’t weigh up with that.
Your co-star and your understudy told me that you get teased during rehearsals.
How they tease me? What did they say? Tell me!
They said that they yell out, “Dragons!” or “Bring me my dragons!” during inopportune moments.
That definitely does happen. I get quite a few Khaleesi jokes a fair amount of the time. They kind of all blur into one, but there have been some doozies. No matter how many muffins I bribe them with, I still get the Khaleesi thing! You’d think they’d chill out a little bit, but no. [Laughs] I’m normally the first to take the piss out of myself, so I kind of encourage it, I suppose. And a lot of the Game of Thrones fans have really come out to the show, which is really wonderful. And I hope they get a different experience than what they’re used to seeing me doing.
Even though you’re not supposed to do this during Broadway shows, and people should be used to this by now, people were trying to take photos of your nude scene?
It’s a little distracting. It’s not really the kind of theater to whip out your camera and take pictures. And the frenzy that’s being highly publicized didn’t really ever happen. There might be a weird looking or bizarre photo or two floating around, but I promise you, I’ve never been in a performance and suddenly hit with a tirade of people taking my photograph on stage. There’s more of a furor surrounding the cat, to be honest. And it couldn’t be the Game of Thrones fans taking those pictures, because you can just go on YouTube and see everything you want, or see something that’s more centered around that.
How are you enjoying the evolution of Dany this season?
It’s the most wonderful, the filming for season three, the most glorious. She made a lot of mistakes before, and she’s been biding her time, and then in season three, she really hit the ground running, 0 to 60. And it’s been wonderful because she has so much to do, and so much to learn, and she’s so quick. And there’s all these different characters she meets on her journey, and a little spattering of love.
The spattering of love must be Daario Naharis.
Yeah! The new kid on the block for her. Ed Skrein [who plays Daario] is just gorgeous. He’s the sweetest, kindest person ever, and then he looks so badass, so it’s a dangerous concoction.
The cast is so vast, you’re all in shooting in different countries. Who do you text with when you’re separated?
Me and Richard [Madden, who plays Robb Stark] and Alfie [Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy] and Kit [Harington, who plays Jon Snow], we sort of rule the young ‘uns for being the exact same age and starting at the same time. We took on this adventure together. It’s quite lovely that we’re all still very much in love with each other. And then obviously, my girl Rose Leslie [who plays Ygritte], who is just the coolest chick on the entire planet. I’m determined — determined! — to be a wildling extra at some point, just to find her and kind of say, “I’m in Iceland!”, and see what she says. [Laughs] We’re complete geeks, all of us. Of course, each of us thinks we’re the one that’s going to win. And wondering who Jon Snow’s parents actually are is still very much up for debate.
Some people theorize that since the whole book series is called “A Song of Ice and Fire,” Jon is ice and Dany is fire, so it’s ultimately all about your characters.
Well, my ego would love that! [Laughs] Would that mean Jon becomes my lover? I would love for that to be the case! I think there’s lots of other theories going around as well, but it does make some sense. Of course, my favorite theory is that Dany wins. [Laughs] “A Song of Ice and Fire,” what else could that mean? Bring Khal Drogo back, that’s what I’d like to see. He’s dead. He’s out cold. Maybe that can be the ice. I mean, he lives on in my dragons. But [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] know. They know all the answers, and they won’t tell anyone! Doesn’t matter how much of a headlock you get them in, they will not let you know.
If the headlock isn’t working, maybe you need to try bribery — macaroons and muffins, as you do on Broadway.
Tell me about it! This is where I’ve gone wrong! Do you think Jason Momoa [who plays Khal Drogo], Kit, Rose and I could share the throne? Have a little bit each? Like double date the throne? I think that would work out perfectly. I’m going to start adding my own pages, and see if anyone notices: “And they ended up happily ever after.”
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.”
Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Emilia Clarke chat with AccessHollywood.com‘s Laura Saltman at Season 3 premiere of “Game of Thrones.” There are 27 regular characters on the show, how many can each of them name in just 20 seconds? (source)