GLAMOUR: What kind of kid were you?
EMILIA CLARKE: I was the drama kid. I wanted to be in the popular crowd, desperately, and I never was. I was hanging on to their coattails like, “Be my friend!”
GLAMOUR: Your mother is a vice president at a management consultancy. What did you learn from her?
EC: My dad worked away a lot, on tour, so my mom would pick my brother and me up from school. She’d be on a conference call on loudspeaker while hanging out with us, so I’d be listening and saying things like, “I don’t think John knows what he’s talking about.” I absorbed a business mentality. In terms of feminist issues, my mom never told me, like, “It’s gonna be tough. You’ve got boobs.” But I saw that there was no difference between my mom and my dad in terms of what they were capable of because of their genders.
GLAMOUR: You went to acting school. Can great acting be taught?
EC: They taught me to invest myself, feel vulnerable, commit to a character. But it was an uphill struggle. I never got cast as Juliet. There were some rarefied beauties my year; they were blond, knew Shakespeare, had all the right things. With me, they’d be like, “Can you play the Jewish grandmother?” “Uh-huh! Sure!”
GLAMOUR: You’ve joked that after you told your dad you wanted to become an actress, he said the only line you’d ever need to learn would be “Do you want fries with that?”
EC: He gets so upset with me [for joking about that]: “Milly, stop saying that I’ve said these terrible things.”
GLAMOUR: But there is an element of genuine worry in that: Jesus, that’s a tough job.
EC: If I had kids and they asked, Do you want [me] to be an actor? I would say, If there’s anything else that you can imagine doing, do that—’cause there’s so much heartache and failure and sh-ttiness that doesn’t get on the front of the magazine.
GLAMOUR: Before you landed Game of Thrones, you worked as a telemarketer to make your rent. Were you good at it?
EC: I was upselling for charities: “Thank you for giving five pounds a month; have you considered giving six-pounds-fifty?” Soul-destroying. People responded by saying things like, “You evil person. I’ve just lost someone close to me.” I did four shifts and walked out.
GLAMOUR – “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke recreates her character’s famous “Where are my dragons?!?” line while looking for very important items around her home, like her Spanx.
GLAMOUR US – Over the past five seasons of Game of Thrones, we’ve come to know Emilia Clarke by her ferocious ambition, her flame-breathing dragon babies, and her many colorful names: Daenerys Targaryen, Khaleesi of the Dothraki, Mother of Dragons. A portrait of unstoppable womanly power, Khaleesi can pivot from deep maternal sweetness to enemy-obliterating fieriness in seconds. “I love that so many women watch the show,” Clarke tells Glamour in her May cover interview. “If you look at Game of Thrones on face value—blood, tits, dragons, swearwords—you’re like, Oh, this must be for guys. But if you take that away, the story lines are fascinating depictions of the struggle for power. And women are in on that conversation!”
So what’s it like to encounter those many female—and male—fans? “This gorgeous girl once said to me, ‘Watching Khaleesi makes me feel like I can be a strong woman,” Clarke shares. “I remember being like, ‘That’s proper.’ That is a wonderful thing. Then there are times with certain dudes where I’m like, ‘You’ve seen my tits. OK, sure, you can have a selfie.’ Awkward!”
We all know that Game of Thrones certainly is not shy of showing nudity. But we had to ask: In a show that’s filled with women’s breasts, butts, even the occasional vagina, why did we never see Khaleesi’s husband Khal Drogo’s dong?
“Oh, I did,” Clarke shared. “I saw his member, but it was covered in a pink fluffy sock. Showing it would make people feel bad. It’s too fabulous. No, I don’t know why. But I’d like to bring your memory back to Mr. Michiel Huisman [Khaleesi’s love interest in seasons four and five] and I copulating for the first time, which began with me saying, ‘Take off your clothes,’ and then you got to see his perfect bottom.”
But what about another criticism that’s been pointed at the show. Khaleesi was raped in season one by her husband, but a lot of people came away from that arc with the unsettling impression that almost immediately after the rape she falls in love with and dedicates herself to her rapist.
“Well, Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s arranged marriage, and the customary rape that followed—ask George R.R. Martin why he did that, ’cause that’s on him,” Clarke answered. “But I thought the consensual sex she has thereafter was genius. She is physically saying, ‘You can’t rape me again. I’m going to be in control and show you something you’ve never seen before.’ At the heart of it, we’re telling a story; you need that part of the story to feel empathy for Daenerys. You see her attacked by her brother, raped by her husband, and then going, ‘F–k all of you, I’m gonna rule the world.’ That’s where we are now.” (source)
A brand new production still from the season premiere (I suppose) of Game of Thrones season 6 has been released and added to the gallery! 11 days to go!
Emilia, on Thursday night (March 31), attended the Mid-Winter Gala Foundraising held at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. She looked splendid in a Dolce&Gabbana long flower dress. Some photos from the event have now been added to the event, be sure to check them!
A new extended trailer for Me Before You has been released, and you can watch it below together with a special introduction from Emilia and Sam Claflin. Enjoy and prepare the tissues!!