QUEEN EMILIA

KHALEESI LETS DOWN HER GUARD IN ME BE­FORE YOU

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - LILY LAW­SON

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.

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