Emilia Clarke: 7 things you need to know about the Game of Thrones star

Emilia Clarke: 7 things you need to know about the Game of Thrones star

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Emilia Clarke, it’s obviously not just Game of Thrones! Did you know that the role of Daenerys Targaryen almost escaped her? That she’s an accomplished singer? That she turned down “50 Shades of Grey”? Here are 7 anecdotes about the actress.

Since her reveal in 2011’s Game of Thrones and a well-deserved release, Emilia Clarke seems ready to try her hand at every genre (drama, sci-fi, or even theater), brimming with hidden talents and a love of comedy like no other. And it wasn’t the flops of spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story and Terminator: Genisys that sapped her energy. Soon we will also find the actress in the Marvel Secret Invasion series.

Here are seven things to know about the actress.

He discovered his vocation at the age of three

Emilia Clarke knew from the beginning that she wanted to be an actress. In an interview granted in June 2013 to theIndependenthe even joked saying: “I came out of my mother’s womb saying: I want to be an actress!”

Actually, it was a little later, at the age of three, that little Emilia discovered the magic of the game when she went to see Showboat, a piece in which his father, a sound engineer, works. At 11, she first tried her luck at an audition for a Broadway show.

Totally unaware of the preparation that an audition requires, he arrives with his hands in his pockets a little before realizing that it would have been better to prepare something. At that moment, one of the only songs that reaches him -and that he sings- is “If you want to be my lover” Spice girls!

A first role between tears… And facing the camera

After completing a three-year course in dramatic center from London and starred in several plays, and just a year before landing the role of Dany in Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke appeared in 2009 in an episode of the series Doctors but also in a commercial for the charity. samaritans.


An association whose mission is to help people in emotional distress and in particular dedicated to the prevention of suicides, as well as the fight against gender violence. In this campaign called lisa’s story (Emilia as Lisa), four actors face the camera with a face that has reached the limit of an emotion, delivering poignant and wordless portraits. Clarke appears in front of the camera, helpless, letting her tears flow little by little.

In 2010, she was one of the UK’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’… along with her future ‘Game of Thrones’ sister!

After filming in the TV movie Triassic Attack, Emilia Clarke gained notice and was chosen as one of “UK’s Young Stars of Tomorrow”, a selection of talent painstakingly curated each year by Screen International magazine.

A very followed selection since in the past he has had the gift of announcing the future shoots of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Gemma Arterton or even Carey Mulligan. For its 2010 ranking, Screen chose Emilia, but also Harry Lloyd, who would soon become her crazy brother in game of Thrones ! This 2010 vintage also chose another future GOT actor, Iwan Rheon, who will lend his features to the sadistic and ignoble Ramsey Bolton.

The little chance for posterity!


She almost wasn’t the Khaleesi

Can you imagine today another actress in the skin of Daenerys Targaryen? However, that is what almost happened! Originally, in fact, it was Tamzin Merchant, seen in The Tudors, who had been cast in the role of the Mother of Dragons. The English actress even shot the pilot, but in the end, the producers decided to recast the role and cast Emilia Clarke. So she reshot all the scenes for the pilot.

The opportunity to review the video of your audition!

she is a great singer

Trained on stage and fascinated by Broadway since childhood, Emilia Clarke is a musical ace. Not only is she able to play the piano, guitar and flute, but she is also proficient in singing and likes to vary registers and genres.

For example, it has distinguished itself outside of game of Thrones in the musical adaptation of Truman Capote’s short story Diamonds on the Couch. In the role of Holly Golightly, turned into a cult by Audrey Hepburn in the film adaptation, Clarke was able to show her talent as a singer.

The proof in pictures!

In the movie Last Christmas, it is she who sings in this sequence…

She turned down the role of Anastasia Steele in ’50 Shades of Grey’

In the first two seasons of game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke appears nude on numerous occasions. As of the third season, when the series is already a worldwide success, the actress decides to modify her contract, believing that nudity does not apply so much to male characters.

When offered the role of Anastasia Steele, played ultimately by Dakota Johnson, in the sadomasochistic romance Fifty Shades of Grey, the actress met director Sam Taylor-Johnson twice, but politely turned it down: “I have accepted nudity before and I was afraid of being labeled”had declared to the Hollywood Reporter who had also revealed herself naked on stage in a theatrical adaptation of diamonds on the couch.

He suffered two ruptured aneurysms during the filming of Game of Thrones

In an article written for the New Yorker in 2019 titled a battle for my lifeThe actress revealed that she suffered the rupture of two aneurysms during the filming of game of Thrones; in 2011 and 2014.

The first came while training at a gym in London. A terrible headache at first, followed by vomiting and severe pain after a few minutes. They took her to the nearest hospital and gave her an MRI.

Verdict: A ruptured aneurysm, a life-threatening type of stroke caused by bleeding into the space around the brain. “Just when all my childhood dreams seemed to have come true, I almost lost my mind, then my life” she said.

Having undergone brain surgery, he suffered from aphasia when he woke up, unable to remember his name and unable to answer routine questions. “I have never known such fear. I am an actress, I need to remember my text.” Intensive care for a week allowed him to regain his speech. But the healing process was very difficult. “In my worst moments, I wanted to disconnect” she remembered.

Some time after leaving the hospital, he returned to the film set of game of Thrones, but was constantly tired. It was during a routine check-up that doctors detected the formation of a new aneurysm, forcing her to undergo a second brain surgery. “The healing was even more painful than it had been after the first surgery. It seemed like she had been through a war more horrible than any Daenerys had ever known.”

Recently, in an interview with the BBC broadcast this Sunday, the actress returned to this painful moment: “It is remarkable that I am able to speak, sometimes articulately, and live my life quite normally without any repercussions. I am one of the very, very, very small minority of people who can survive this.”.

In 2019, following her moving testimony, she launched same youa charity whose mission is to facilitate access to treatment and rehabilitation for people who have suffered brain injuries and strokes.

Here is his presentation video of his solidarity project.

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