LOS ANGELES TIMES – “Sometimes, I just come here and stare at all the pretty boys,” says Emilia Clarke. She’s standing in the middle of Gjusta, a bakery-slash-deli-slash-juice-bar in Venice that may also secretly serve as the national headquarters for Jesus impersonators.
“OK, truth be told, this is, like, a poser-y kind of place to go, I think,” she says, looking around at all the well-coiffed beards and Birkenstocks. “Everyone’s pretty, and everyone’s looking at each other, but the food is so good that I just cannot help it.”
Everyone is looking at each other, and especially at Clarke, even though they’re trying not to make it obvious. She insists that without the blond wig she wears as Daenerys Targaryen/Khaleesi/the Mother of Dragons on “Game of Thrones,” fans barely recognize her. But as she waits by the counter for a salad made of four zillion types of lettuce, it seems most of the patrons know who she is.
Maybe it’s all the ads that have been running on television lately for her new film, “Me Before You,” which is out this weekend. In the movie, based on Jojo Moyes’ bestselling novel, the actress plays Louisa Clark, a small-town girl in desperate search of a job to help support her working-class family. The only gig she can find is one no one wants: working as a caretaker for a wealthy young man who was recently paralyzed after being hit by a car.
Though Louisa has an, uh, eccentric wardrobe — she’s obsessed with floral-patterned high heels and bumble-bee-striped tights — she looks a lot more like Clarke than Daenerys does. For one, the character is a brunet, as the 29-year-old is off-screen. And she certainly would never stand stark naked in front of a crowd of onlookers as a building burned to the ground behind her.
Indeed, the filmmakers initially had trouble envisioning Clarke as anyone other than the fearless queen she plays on “Game of Thrones.” She’d only appeared in one major studio release prior to “Me Before You”: “Terminator Genisys,” last year’s reboot of the Arnold Schwarzenegger franchise, in which she starred as Sarah Connor.
“Frankly, I was a little bit skeptical,” admits Moyes, who helped director Thea Sharrock sift through more than 300 actresses for the part. “Like, the Mother of Dragons? How is that gonna work?”
But during her audition, Clarke took off her coat and accidentally knocked over a bottle of water — behavior that seemed totally in line with the clumsy Louisa.
“She got down on all fours and started apologizing profusely, embodying Louisa’s klutzy nature,” recalls Sharrock. “It’s amazing that she’s had the part of ‘Game of Thrones’ for so long, but I think fans of the show are going to be really surprised by her range in this movie. It feels like when people first saw ‘Pretty Woman,’ when Julia Roberts just popped and came to life and you went, ‘God, where did she come from?’”
YAHOO MOVIES – Here’s a reassuring message to the fans of Jojo Moyes’ tear-jerking bestselling novel Me Before You: Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin are absolutely the Louisa and Will you’re looking for. As the star-crossed lovers at the heart of director Thea Sharrock’s highly anticipated film adaptation (which hits theaters on June 3), the two actors bring the characters’ initially combative, but ultimately romantic relationship to vivid life. Even though Clarke and Claflin had never worked together prior to making Me Before You, their onscreen chemistry suggests that they’ve known each other for years.
But how well do they really know each other? Yahoo Movies decided to put them to the test by quizzing the actors on the franchises that made them both stars. Clarke, of course, plays Daenerys Targaryen on the blockbuster HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones, while Claflin had a memorable role as District 4 champion Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games franchise. In our “Game vs. Games” trivia quiz, Claflin had to answer Thrones questions, while Clarke fielded Hunger-related queries. Which actor proved to be the better fan? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. Valar morghulis and may the odds be every in your favor. (source)
Additional portraits from the Me Before You session have now been added to the gallery, with big thanks to our partner site The Claflin Place! Dedicate to Emilia’s co-star Sam Claflin. Be sure to visit it!
Thanks to my friend Mouza (from Lin – Manuel – Miranda Fan and Daveed Diggs Online) HQ digital scans from the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar featuring Emilia have now been added to the gallery! Together with some new beautiful outtakes. This photoshoot it’ so summery and Emilia looks so great (and hot!) be sure to check it out:
A new Featurette for Me Before You – in UK cinemas 3 June 2016 (today!) – directed by Thea Sharrock and starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman and Matthew Lewis, based on the novel by Jojo Moyes. For more infos visit https://www.warnerbros.co.uk/movies/me-before-you.