Fans of the Game of Thrones know all the titles of Daenerys Burerozhennoy from the House of the Targaryen: Burning, Queen Andalov, and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Sea of Grass, Chain Breaker and Mother of Dragons.
But you probably don’t know much about the actress who plays this role. Emilia Clarke had almost the same fascinating life as the character who made her famous. Here are some amazing facts about the beloved actress from London.
She wanted to become an actress from an early age.
Show business with Emilia Clarke in the blood. When she was only 3 years old, she attended the show “Showboat”, which her father, a theater director, worked on.
“We sat in the front row with her in the London Palladium,” Emilia’s mother said in an interview. “She sat on my lap throughout the show, shocked by what she saw.” It was then that she decided that she wanted to become an actress.
Father told her how to be an actress.
When Clarke expressed a desire to go on stage, her father wanted to make sure that the girl understood what she was doing.
“He wanted me to understand that few people in this profession really make good money,” Emilia said in an interview with Esquire in 2015.
She played the character of Audrey Hepburn on Broadway
In 2013, Clarke made her Broadway debut as Holly Golightly in the theatrical version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Despite Clarke’s acting skills, the play received negative reviews and enjoyed little public interest. Therefore, the production was closed just a month after the premiere.
Emilia – the second performer of the role of Daenerys Targaryen
In the original pilot of Game of Thrones, Daenerys was played by Tamzin Merchant. Although this was never reported, the script for the first episode changed several times.
Showrunners of the series David Benioff and DB Weiss re-shot about 90% of the pilot in order to turn him into the already familiar to all the first series of the show “Winter is Close.”
For reasons still unknown, during the shootings, the actress playing the role of Daenerys Targaryen was also replaced. Since then, Clarke has been awarded three Emmy nominations for her work in the series.
Nudity in Game of Thrones was a problem for her
Although the role of Daenerys Targaryen turned out to be a high point for Clarke, the actress admitted that to cope with this mission was not always easy. Given the nudity and the infamous rape scene, the early stages of Clarke’s work on the series became a real test for her.
“Once I had to pause,” she told Esquire about filming the first season. “I said I need a cup of tea. I cried a little, and then got ready for the next scene ”
Clarke is the second actress from Game of Thrones to play Sarah Connor
Together with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clarke starred in the movie Terminator: Genesis, playing the role of Sarah Connor.
Prior to this, the role of Sarah in the series “The Chronicles of Sarah Connor” was played by Lina Headey, who played in the “Game of Thrones” Cersei Lannister.
Schwarzenegger was impressed by how well Clarke played the character once embodied by Linda Hamilton – the original Sarah Connor.
Ultimately, however, the film failed, which, however, did not upset Emilia at all.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Clarke admitted that she was “relieved” to learn that the film failed, as it meant that she did not need to return to her role in the sequel.
As a child, she idolized Arnold Schwarzenegger
As a child, Emilia often watched the first two films of the Terminator franchise with her brother, so she became a big fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In an interview, Emilia said that in preparation for her role in Game of Thrones, she watched Sarah Connor as an example of a strong female character.
Therefore, when Clarke was offered to audition for the role of Sarah in “Terminator: Genesis”, she immediately said: “Yes, definitely!”.
As for her film partner, Clarke is grateful to Schwarzenegger for “a soothing presence on the set that gave everyone comfort. He is a cult character. There were many times when you want to be pinched because you do not believe that this is actually happening. ”
She has developed musical talent.
Clarke has exceptional musical abilities. With her viola voice, she can sing ballads, blues, cabarets, and jazz numbers. She also knows how to play the piano, flute, and guitar.
Fans often don’t recognize her in public
Emilia Clarke attends the European premiere of Solo: Star Wars. Stories ”at the Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018, in Cannes, France.
If Clarke is familiar to you only by her role in Game of Thrones, you may think that she has long platinum hair in real life. However, in the series, we saw only a wig. Its natural color is much darker, so people on the streets often do not recognize it.
“True, they don’t recognize me,” said the actress to Conan O’Brien. “If I go for a walk with Keith Harington, who plays John Snow or Gwen Christie, who plays Brienne Tart, people will ask me to photograph them with these two stars.”
Before the Game of Thrones, she changed 3-6 jobs
Actors before the arrival of great glory, it may be necessary to somehow make ends meet. Before getting into the Game of Thrones, Clarke managed to work as a bartender, a call center employee and a real estate agent.
She had a plan “B”
Everyone is advising aspiring actors to have a backup plan, and Clarke was no exception. If the acting went wrong, she hoped to become a singer, architect or graphic designer.
In childhood, she was teased by eyebrows.
Today, eyebrows are one of the most striking features of Emilia, but in childhood, she was teased just about this.
Fortunately, Emilia’s mother gave her good advice on time: “Do not use drugs, do not engage in prostitution and do not touch eyebrows,” Emilia told Cosmopolitan. “And I did so and am very grateful for this advice.”