Emilia: ‘I Believe In The Magic Of Love’
THE BRILLIANT EMILIA CLARKE Talks TO Look ABOUT HER STARRING ROLE In OUR NEW Fave FILM, Me Before You…
To say Emilia Clarke is one of our favourite Brit actresses would be a bit of an understatement. She’s funny, she’s clever and she loves a burger just as much as we do – truly a girl after our own hearts. And now the 29-year-old’s going to be tugging on our heartstrings (see what we did there?) alongside the gorgeous Sam Claflin in Me Before You. Here she talks raiding Lou’s wardrobe, working with her ‘dreamboat’ co-star Sam and why she’ll always be romantic…
We loved how kooky Lou was. What drew you to the character – were you looking for a change from Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones? It was more that I got sent it and thought: ‘There’s not a world where I’m not doing this part. There’s not a world where I’m not fighting tooth and nail to play Lou.’ And it was just so joyful. Everything I’m known for on-screen is so different from who I am, but with Me Before You, in between takes, I would be no different off-camera… This was just such a beautiful opportunity to play a large part of who I am – the clumsy idiot! Sounds like a pretty straightforward shoot for you, then! Yeah. I just got to do all the things that I always want to do. I got to really crack people up! It was brilliant. Having Sam as a co-star can’t have hurt – what was it like working with him? [He’s a] dreamboat: super, super good! I feel like leads either hate each other or love each other – and happily we were in the ‘love each other’ category! He’s a dude. Director Thea Sharrock said that she’s never lost an actress more to the costume department during rehearsals. Is that right? Oh my God! Every single day, for a month, we would have four hours a day of deciding on costumes, just trying to figure them all out. I had 70
at one point, but then it got whittled down to 52. We never used the same outfit twice. [Lou] only lives in a little box room… She can’t fit all those clothes in there. So her shoes, she hung them on the walls with a bit of skirting board. I was so over the moon when I walked into Lou’s room. Did you get to keep any of the outfits? I tried! There were hundreds and hundreds… I got given the tights, the bumblebee tights. My amazing hair and make-up lady got some of the leftover fabric of the wedding dress and made me a Lou doll! Thea was very definitive that Me Before You is a love story. What did you feel? Yeah, it’s the backbone of the whole story. The story to tell is the story of their love. It defines who they become and the choices that they make.
Are you a big romantic movie watcher? What are your favourites? When Harry Met Sally is the ultimate for me, the absolute ultimate – I know it all off by heart! Anything – because of the age that I am – with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in it: Sleepless In Seattle, You’ve Got Mail… I love all of those. Then Four Weddings And A Funeral! They’re all shameless – proper stay-at-home-on-a-sunday with a box of Kleenex. Are you an unashamed romantic? Er… yeah! I have this theory – it might fall flat – but I watched Cinderella the other day, because my mate Richard [Madden] is in it. I was watching it and it just reminded me that, as a kid, I grew up watching Disney and you grow up believing in magic, and the ‘happily ever after’ of it all. And I think that movies like this have that little sprinkling. Rom-coms, they make you feel safe. They make you feel like there’s hope. These things just tap into a universal truth. There’s a little bit of you that wants the hope, and wants the optimism and wants the magic. And Jojo’s [author and screenwriter Jojo Moyes] book and this movie has that.
Rom-coms make you feel like there’s hope. A bit of you wants the optimism, the magic
Emilia as Lou with co-star Matthew Lewis