“For some bizarre rea­son, ran­dom girl no­body’s ever

The 29-year-old dis­cusses the un­ex­pected suc­cess of Game of Thrones and why

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Emilia Clarke landed her big break­through role back in 2011 when she re­placed fel­low new­comer Tamzin Mer­chant in Game of Thrones af­ter film­ing the ini­tial pi­lot. Since then, Emilia’s act­ing ca­reer has gone from strength to strength. The award-win­ning ac­tress says she knew she wanted to be an ac­tress at just three­years-old, but could never have pre­dicted the in­cred­i­ble suc­cess she’s had with her big­gest role yet, play­ing Daen­erys Tar­garyen in Game of Thrones. Hack­ney so I’d prob­a­bly still be there. Game of Thrones was the cre­ation of my ca­reer. It opened all the doors for me.

The story of get­ting the role isn’t that ex­cit­ing. To be hon­est, I got the job in a re­ally bor­ing way...

Re­ally bor­ing: I au­di­tioned and I got it. I went to LA for a screen test, which was be­yond pet­ri­fy­ing, but for some bizarre rea­son they thought, let’s give this ran­dom girl no­body’s ever heard of a shot.

My char­ac­ter has changed a lot through­out the show and I hope that con­tin­ues...

She’s al­most an un­recog­nis­able char­ac­ter be­cause of the growth she’s gone through, start­ing from this timid crea­ture and now get­ting to play a queen who rides drag­ons. There was al­ways this feel­ing of more than meets the eye about her, from the be­gin­ning, and it’s been a lovely, slow kind of evo­lu­tion, bit-by-bit, stage-by-stage. Ev­ery sea­son she re-emerges with even more strength and power and guts, and I just hope that con­tin­ues.

The early episodes of Game of Thrones were hard to film as there was a lot of nu­dity and an un­com­fort­able rape scene...

Once, I had to take a lit­tle time out. I said I needed a cup of tea, had a bit of a cry, and then was ready for the next scene. Most sex scenes you film on TV are gra­tu­itous – they’re usu­ally just to at­tract an au­di­ence. On screen, the sub­tler the bet­ter.

I had no idea the show would be as suc­cess­ful as it is...

Never in a mil­lion years did I think Game of Thrones was go­ing to take off like it did. It’s taken me six years to catch up with it. I’m still not sure I’m there.

It’s only just start­ing to sink in a lit­tle bit...

I’m be­gin­ning to un­der­stand it now. I know that sounds silly af­ter six years, but I’m just kind of ab­sorb­ing the cul­tural foot­print the show seems to be leav­ing. I don’t get recog­nised that much so I’ve had the time for it to kind of sink in in a rather lovely way, as op­posed to in a kind of Brit­ney Spears, shave-your-hair-off kind of way.

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