Emilia Clarke is mak­ing waves away from the GoT set

A TV show fea­tur­ing the story of Daen­erys Tar­garyen, a young queen com­ing into her power, pro­pelled Emilia Clarke to global suc­cess. Here the Bri­tish ac­tress known for her easy and fun-lov­ing per­son­al­ity in real life re­veals how play­ing this strong charac

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Emilia Clarke as Daen­erys Tar­garyen has en­rap­tured fans around the world with her del­i­cate beauty, pow­er­ful aura and ca­pac­ity for mass de­struc­tion as “mother of dragons”, in the show Game of Thrones.

Emilia is now on set film­ing Sea­son Eight as seen on her In­sta­gram ac­count in re­cent weeks. The HBO se­ries is ru­moured to only be re­leased world­wide in 2019. Though plot specifics are be­ing closely guarded, Emilia is will­ing to wa­ger that fans will be sat­is­fied with the level of blood, lust, and treach­ery.

In the mean­time, the 31-year-old Emilia has been ex­pand­ing her reper­toire with ma­jor roles in Ter­mi­na­tor: Genisys and tear-jerker Me Be­fore You. This month, she stars in the new Star Wars pre­quel film along­side Alden Ehren­re­ich who plays the young Han Solo.

In the past you’ve men­tioned that your time on Game of Thrones has par­al­leled a deep per­sonal evo­lu­tion. Can you elab­o­rate?

Suc­cess forces you to change. Af­ter play­ing Daen­erys for the first cou­ple of sea­sons and mak­ing a name for my­self in show busi­ness, I was still plagued by self-doubt and anx­i­ety. Com­ing to terms with your­self and know­ing what you want – that’s not easy for any­one, and es­pe­cially not if you hap­pen to be very

sen­si­tive. But it was dur­ing those dif­fi­cult times and low mo­ments that I started to fig­ure out my life and evolve into the wo­man I am to­day. And I want to keep learn­ing and never stop work­ing on my­self so that I can be more open and en­gaged in what­ever I do. Why do you think Daen­erys has proven to be such an in­tense source of fas­ci­na­tion for au­di­ences? Daen­erys is a strong and pow­er­ful wo­man. She’s a leader and fighter and sur­vivor. One of the most com­pelling as­pects to her is that she com­bines the strength of a man with the sen­si­tiv­ity of a wo­man. She also sets her­self apart from the other main char­ac­ters be­cause her ul­ti­mate goal is pure and no­ble – she wants to rule over a world where all peo­ple are equal. Do you see her as a role model? She’s a great ex­am­ple for young women. Daen­erys pos­sesses a level of self­con­fi­dence that is em­pow­er­ing to young women. Her jour­ney through­out the se­ries is that of a girl with low self­es­teem who trans­forms her­self into a pow­er­ful and re­silient young wo­man. I think she’s a bril­liant role model and I’ve per­son­ally gained a lot of con­fi­dence and de­ter­mi­na­tion sim­ply from play­ing that kind of char­ac­ter and learn­ing from her ex­pe­ri­ence.

Is it at times stag­ger­ing for you to re­alise that you’re part of ar­guably the great­est se­ries in the his­tory of tele­vi­sion?

It’s scary to even think about it. I’ve been very lucky and I cer­tainly never imag­ined while work­ing at a ter­ri­ble call-cen­tre that one day I would be get­ting part in a mas­sive TV se­ries

like Game of Thrones. I would have been thrilled just with a small role and I never ex­pected that I would be­come one of the ma­jor char­ac­ters. This has meant so much to me and I’m im­mensely grate­ful.

Did you al­ways have the feel­ing that you would be suc­cess­ful?

I be­lieved that if I worked hard good things would hap­pen. I’ve been blessed with a strong work ethic that I get from my mother es­pe­cially. She started out as a sec­re­tary and now she’s the vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing for a global con­sult­ing firm. My mother worked very hard to get to where she is and I’ve al­ways had that same kind of drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion. But I also know that a lot of luck is re­quired to get a role in a play or film no mat­ter how much ta­lent you have. My par­ents were wor­ried at first when I told them around 17 or 18 that I wanted to pur­sue act­ing as my pro­fes­sion be­cause they knew that the odds are stacked against you. But once they know how de­ter­mined I was, they were very sup­port­ive.

Has it be­come more and more dif­fi­cult to walk around London un­recog­nised?

It’s not as easy as it used to be, but I can still move pretty freely in pub­lic, which is very im­por­tant to me. I have it so much eas­ier than Pe­ter Din­klage, who is im­me­di­ately recog­nised as Tyrion Lan­nis­ter even if he is wear­ing a swim­suit and walk­ing along the beach. Or Kit Har­ing­ton as Jon Snow.

What are your goals once Game of Thrones comes to an end?

I want to con­tinue work­ing in theatre be­cause that helps me im­prove and I love per­form­ing in front of an au­di­ence. I would also like to do a mu­si­cal at some point be­cause I en­joy singing. I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to make my fair share of good and bad choices but fate and luck are all part of the game. I’m go­ing to sim­ply trust my in­stincts and see where that takes me.

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