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SUNDAY TIMES.AU – YOU can hear Emilia Clarke chitchatting away halfway down the corridor at the upscale The London hotel in Beverly Hills.
Awaiting my slot with the breakout star of HBO’s wildly successful series Game of Thrones, I’m already getting the impression the 28-year-old Brit isn’t anything like Daenerys Targaryen, the character she plays in the show.
It’s testament to the popularity of Clarke’s flaxen-haired heroine, aka Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, that she’ll be pulling in a reported $7 million salary by the time the series hits its seventh season (Season Five has just finished airing). And while she might have dismissed the figure as “not even close”, her star is undoubtedly about to go thermonuclear.
We’re here today to talk Terminator Genisys – the latest instalment of the series that began in 1984, in which Clarke reprises the role of the gun-toting warrior woman Sarah Connor opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie has blockbuster written all over it and is being billed as her ticket to the big time. Once I’m ushered into her suite, I’m greeted with the warmest of hellos and a huge, engaging smile. A petite 1.57m, Clarke’s flowing brunette hair frames a face that’s a step up from girl-next-door pretty, while a tight cream top and flirty skirt by Proenza Schouler hint at the curves that have, in part, thanks to plenty of nude scenes in the early days of Thrones, made her famous.
She must be too young to remember the original Terminator, I note. “Aw, bless you!” she trills. “But I was very aware of it. Sarah Connor is such an iconic character and there really was this mantle to uphold. But the beauty of this script is that it takes James Cameron’s original characters and puts them in an entirely new scenario, with a new history and everything.”
But while her backstory has been tweaked, Connor (played by a muscular Linda Hamilton in the original franchise) is still the kind of woman who catches bullets in her teeth for breakfast. For Clarke, preparing for the role meant: “Gun training. Lots of gun training. And they said I was really good… but then I was the one holding the gun!” From there: “It was just a case of putting on those Doc Martens and feeling like a badass.”
While on the MTV studios yesterday (June 24) – always promoting Terminator Genisys – this beautiful portrait of Emilia has been taken, she looks so gorgeous!!
While in London last week, promoting Terminator Genesys, Emilia visited the BBC Radio 1 studios and recorded an interview for the Radio1 Breakfast Show, you can listen to it on the BBC Radio1 Official Site. Emilia is around 1h43m :)
MTV – The ‘Terminator Genisys’ and Game of Thrones star, Emilia Clarke, reveals what she does (and doesn’t) know about the new sequel.
POP SUGAR – As if Emilia Clarke hadn’t already fully proven her badassery as Daenerys on Game of Thrones, allow her to blow your mind once again — this time, as she takes on the iconic role of Sarah Connor in the long-awaited Terminator Genisys. In our exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, Emilia discusses taking on the “fierce” role and shows off some of her seriously impressive gun skills. Coupled with the fact that she not only holds her own against Terminator but even bosses him around, we can’t wait to see her version of the character when Terminator Genisys hits theaters on July 1. (source)