VARIETY – “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke and “Transparent’s” Jay Duplass talk Clarke’s crazy “Thrones” audition, the awkwardness of filming sex scenes and more at Variety and PBS’ “Actors on Actors.”
THE VIOLET FILES – Emilia Clarke has been crying. The 29-year-old actress just said goodbye to her best friend, who had been visiting for the past month. “There were tears,” she says. “Two crying girls.” Indeed, friends and family are everything to Clarke. While she’s known for enjoying the company of dragons in her icon-making role on HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones, in real life the people close to the actress are “what makes me feel powerful,” she asserts.
Clarke splits her time between Los Angeles (she has a house in Venice) and London, which she considers home. But “ninety percent of the time I live out of a suitcase,” she says. In the wake of the season-six Thrones premiere [when VIOLET GREY met the actress], the suitcase is coming out, as Clarke heads off to Washington, D.C., for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She is then flying to Kentucky to start work on what she calls her most demanding role to date, in the film adaptation of Joe Sharkey’s true-crime book Above Suspicion. “It’s an amazing, dark, dark drama—Phillip Noyce is directing. I get to play a drug addict—it is really gritty and I cannot wait!” she says with great zest. “It’s so incredibly outside my experience, and takes on a real story,” she explains of the role’s challenges. “When you take a piece of material that is already loved out of people’s imaginations and put it on screen, you know you’re going to make some people happy and some people unhappy.”
In preparation, she’s taking a deep dive into all things Southern, studying reference materials like history books and the documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (“It gives you a real insight,” she enthuses). The already lively Clarke becomes even more animated when discussing her craft: “Everyone’s got a reason for being the way they are, making the choices they make,” she says of her technique. “And if you can tap into those reasons, you can give a fully realized performance that’s lived instead of just being a job.”
Added in the gallery, a couple of Emilia’s portraits taken during the Variety: Actors on Actors session. Be sure to check them out! For more, visit the Variety site.
See Emilia Clarke in the makeup chair on location with The Violet Files.
SCENE NETWORK – Scene Network TV Host Jeff Conway interviews actress Emilia Clarke & author/screenwriter Jojo Moyes, while they were in Chicago promoting their new best-selling book turned film, ME BEFORE YOU, in theaters now.
REDEYECHICAGO – RedEye’s Lauren Chval interviews Emilia Clarke and author Jojo Moyes about “Me Before You” and comparisons between main character Louisa Clark and Daenarys Targaryen of “Game of Thrones.”