USA TODAY – NEW YORK — To fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke is Daenerys Targaryen, a shrewd, dragon-wielding conqueror and one of TV’s fiercest heroines.
So when Me Before You director Thea Sharrock suggested she play Louisa Clark — a spunky, idealistic young woman who takes a job caring for a wealthy, wheelchair-bound quadriplegic (Sam Claflin) — screenwriter Jojo Moyes was understandably puzzled.
“I couldn’t see it,” says Moyes, who adapted her 2012 romantic novel for the big screen (in theaters Friday). “She was, for me, irrevocably linked to long, blond hair and dragons and looking very stern. But the moment you actually see her without the (Thrones) wig, she’s so warm and bubbly, and actually has the physical look of Louisa. It really took no time at all.”
Playing someone who shares her optimistic outlook and humor was part of the appeal to Clarke, who calls Louisa (nicknamed “Lou”) a “more innocent version” of herself.
Reading the book for the first time, “I was in love by page 3,” says Clarke, 29, teasing and laughing with her Me Before You co-star throughout an arduous day of interviews. “Lou felt like such a perfect extension of me. I just understood her, and it was that understanding that brought my excitement.”
USA TODAY – NEW YORK — Me Before You has something most weepy romances don’t: laughs.
Writing the film version of her 2012 novel, “it was important to keep the humor going as much as the sadder elements,” author Jojo Moyes says. The fun continued after the cameras stopped rolling, say stars Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke, who play a paralyzed man and his affable caretaker in the drama (in theaters Friday). Some of the charismatic duo’s funniest (and most painful) on-set stories:
USA TODAY – From Game of Thrones and the Hunger Games to their first celebrity crushes, we had Emilia Clarke and Sam Clafin, stars of Me Before You ask each other the hard questions.
HD screencaps from the latest episode of Game of Thrones 6×06 Blood of My Blood have now been added to the gallery! Be sure to check them out :)
HARPER’S BAZAAR UK – In our exclusive video below, Emilia Clarke takes us behind the scenes on her July issue cover shoot, set on a beautiful sun-drenched California beach.
“It’s pretty dreamy,” she says of the shoot, which sees her showcasing a wardrobe that consists entirely of Dior Couture. “I think that’s the best way to describe it… dreamy and gorgeous.”
Go on set with the Game of Thrones actress below:
Added in the gallery these beautiful portraits of Emilia and Sam Claflin taken during the promotion of Me Before You in New York! Be sure to check them out!