KHALEESI LETS DOWN HER GUARD IN ME BEFORE YOU
Emilia Clarke really is on fire right now. There she was in a recent episode of
Game of Thrones, in which she plays the Mother of Dragons, emerging naked and unharmed from a massive blaze that consumed her enemies. And in a figurative sense, the 29-year-old British beauty is getting her pick of Hollywood roles, from last
year’s turn as Sarah Connor in
Terminator: Genisys and her latest release, romantic weepie, Me Before You.
The world is at her feet. When it recognises her, that is.
“It couldn’t have worked out better,” she says.
“Everyone else off the show has people coming up to them all the time and I’m always the girl they ask to take the photo.
“Each time it happens, I thank my lucky stars for that wig.” Me Before You is a film that’s going to break hearts everywhere.
Based on the best-selling novel by JoJo Moyes, Clarke is Lou, a down-on-her-luck, nohoper with no prospects.
Fired from her last job in a cafe, she finds herself hired as a personal care assistant for exceedingly wealthy but handsome paraplegic, Will Traynor (Sam Claflin).
Struck down in his prime thanks to a road traffic accident, bitter Will hates the world and plans to take his own life as soon as possible.
Until Lou changes his perspective with her sunny dimples and shiny hair.
This is a spectacular weepie for the ages but there’s also some humour there. Is that what attracted you?
Yeah, it’s definitely part weepie, part rom-com which you don’t get very often, it’s normally one or the other. It’s an emotional, romantic comedy drama. Bit of everything (laughs).
Had you read the book?
You know what, I hadn’t read the book before I got the script. I got them both at the same time while I was working on
Terminator and I fell in love with Lou and Will and Jojo’s writing. It’s such a beautiful story and I knew, I had to be a part of this no matter what. I called my agent screaming, “Yes, yes, yes ... I’ll do it’’.
You’ve got great chemistry with Mr Samuel Claflin, did you know each other before?
We did know each other, we met seven years ago on a photoshoot, you know one of those, ‘‘Rising stars’’ pieces, you know when there’s like 20 of you draped across a couch. But we hit it off really quickly, ended up going for drinks after, met each other’s friends that night. Just instant bestie mates. And then, as is the way with actors, we went our separate ways. I went off to Game of Thrones, he went off to do
Pirates of the Caribbean. You know, you’re gone. So we were both so excited about working together, first time.
And a lot of pranks I hear.
There were a few. He brought it on himself really – just by being so darn prankable.
What did you do?
He’s such a clean freak, it was too easy. I would put fish that I had for lunch in his socks, and he did not like that one bit. But the only thing about pranking Sam is he sort of pretends like he’s getting really upset just to make you feel bad. Which ruined it a little for me. But just a little bit. I loved it generally.
Thrones – can’t let you go without talking Thrones. Jon Snow: are you relieved he’s back?
Yeah. Kit’s my mate, I was devastated when I read the script and couldn’t believe they’d killed him off. Me Before You opens today
Sam Claflin. as Will Traynor, and Emilia Clarke, as Lou, in a scene from romantic drama Me Before You.