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Interview with Emilia Clarke

It was May of 2010, and House Gatewatch was in need. We’d been stewing for over a month with the news that the role of Daenerys Targaryen was being recast. We’d heard nothing but conflicting reports, had experienced the Elena Satine Twitter debacle, and had seen more “butterface” comments regarding Dany’s former actress than might be considered polite in any neanderthal-run society. To say moods were foul would be putting it lightly.

On May 21st, Maureen Ryan broke the news: an unknown actress named Emilia Clarke had been cast in the role. Some furious Googling followed, digging up an IMDB page as well as a heartbreaking Samaritans advert

Most of us were immediately charmed. It’s no small thing to say that ASoIaF fans, for the most part, welcomed the news of Emilia’s casting with open arms and hearts. (Compare it to some of the vitriol experienced in the Catelyn recast, and it was a virtual Love-In.) Hopes were high.

To say she delivered is understating things just a tad.

Emilia Clarke has been a revelation from the word go. I still remember sitting with Winter (Phil) in a small room in Pasadena, one night before the TCA’s—packed together with various HBO reps, GRRM, Mo, Jace Lacob and others—as one of the fortunate few to be shown a 15-minute preview of season 1. There was a reverential quiet to the room, respectful and spellbound…

Up until they unspooled that pivotal scene where Dany lashes back at Viserys, striking him across the cheek with a bronze belt, drawing blood and an utterly gobsmacked look from Harry Lloyd.

“The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands.”

Most in attendance gasped, the scene was so strong. It felt as though half of the air had been sucked from the room, because after months of waiting, here we finally had it: the moment we knew the series, with so much riding on it, could deliver sharp, emotional drama. Not only that, this was the moment in which we knew she could deliver it.

Daenerys Targaryen—our Dany, the Mother of Dragons, so very vital—and to our immense relief, so excellently cast.

Emilia Clarke was not always khaleesi, of course. Emilia was born in London in 1986 and grew up in Berkshire, England. She was educated at Oxford’s St. Edwards, as well as Rye St. Anthony, before moving on to the prestigious Drama Centre London, graduating from there in 2009. A brief appearance on the British drama Doctors was followed by a role on the SyFy (Sci-Fi Channel) movie, Triassic Attack. In 2010 she was featured in UK International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow alongside her ‘Thrones sibling Harry Lloyd.

Game of Thrones has won her rave reviews. Emilia was nominated for the IGN Award for Best Television Actress of 2011, and won both the EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and the Scream award for Female Breakout Performance for her role as Daenerys.

Oh, and we love her, so there’s that.

Game of Thrones is not all she’s doing these days, of course. It was in the midst of filming a production titled Spike Island that the intrepid FaBio (that stands for Fire and Blood, Targ fans!) caught up with her.

And so, brought to you by a very game and gratified Emilia Clarke, and conducted with the blessing of HBO, I invite you to enjoy the interview that follows.

And by “you” I mean Johan, specifically.


Fire And Blood: Hi, Emilia! Thanks for taking the time to talk to Winter Is Coming!

Emilia Clarke: It’s a pleasure – thank you for asking me.

FaB: So let’s kick this off with a never-before asked question about how you felt doing nude scenes in Game of Thro—–wait, I think I recall one or two people having asked you that one before. I suppose I’ll lead with a costuming question instead, if that’s alright.

EC: Haha, yes that is more than alright – music to my ears in fact!

FaB: The costuming for season 1 was fantastic. I re-watched Braveheart a few weeks ago and was taken aback by how cheap the costuming looked compared to Game of Thrones, which means we’ve basically been spoiled. Is there a particular costume you really liked during season 1? Also, is there one from season 2 that you can’t wait for people to see?

EC: Well, actually the fact of wearing a costume at all in Season 1 got my vote! But from Season 1, my favorite was the dress I wore to be introduced to my Khal. It was such a beautiful fabric and I felt very much like a princess wearing it! The costume department on GoT are all quite brilliant and Michele Clapton is a genius and very character orientated, so it was easy to discuss [costuming] ideas with her. There is clear costume development reflecting the growth of Dany as a character, You will see that even more so in Season 2, as she really begins to develop her own badass yet beautiful style! I particularly like the blue dress that was picked for the EW photoshoot that has just been released, the colour is gorgeous.

FaB: Some fans were irked at the news that the Qartheen fashion of leaving one breast exposed was not being adhered to, as it was in the books. And speaking as a heterosexual male, I suppose that’s a shame… yet I also think, visually, it would have been extremely distracting to the eye. Was this ever discussed?

EC: This was indeed discussed! I remember when I was filming in Croatia seeing a copy of book 2, and the front cover picture was of Dany in the ‘traditional Qartheen fashion’ and you could say that I was rather taken aback. There are lots of things to bear in mind when adapting a book for the screen, and yes we all agreed that if this was kept as a visual reference, it would take away from the drama and integrity of Dany’s storyline as she grows into such a strong Khalessi.

FaB: I was just watching the Game of Thrones season 1 Blu-ray, reliving all the great moments. Being able to zip through five episodes at a time makes the story flow even better, and makes Dany’s transformation all the more remarkable. It seems as though you made a physical transformation as well: Daenerys was curvier and fair-skinned to begin with, leaner and tanned at series’ end. Was this purposeful?

EC: You mean you noticed the results of my gym membership then?? Actually when we first meet Dany she is completely innocent and naïve, and she had been living in comfort for some time. Then when she marries it all changes and she has to endure the hardship of “life on the road” and become like her new people, so we had to visualize that change in her.

FaB: The final scene of the final episode of season 1 still resonates so strongly. It’s literally one of the most powerful moments I can ever remember seeing on television. George R.R. Martin seems like he saves some of his most cinematic scenes for Dany. You have to be excited by some of the potential scenes Dany has in front of her in season 3. Not to mention the stuff beginning on April 1st!

EC: Oh you literally have no idea what’s in store in Season 2! I am incredibly excited as I have already seen two episodes from Season 2, and I promise you will not be disappointed! Season 2 is incredible from start to finish. And then Season 3… if it gets the green light, oh my, ever since I read the book I have dreamt of filming it, I can’t wait!

FaB: Good to know you read the books! It’s a commonly asked question. Back to the season 1 finale scene, what did you think of the music? Ramin Djawadi supposedly arranged Dany’s theme with a full-on orchestra and chorus in Prague. I’ve heard it described by many people as “shiver-inducing,” and that’s not too far off the mark. Did the music have an impact on you?

EC: When we were filming the final scene there was an eerie silence only broken by the sound of the wind blowing, but as I stood up I remember feeling incredibly empowered. It really was a special few days filming, and certainly could be described as epic, but when I watched it on screen for the first time, the music took my breath away. I think that all Ramin Djawadi’s music for the series is so appropriate, powerful and haunting.

FaB: Agreed. I geek out over Djawadi’s music. Actually, I should warn you, I am a local nerd celebrity due to the fact that Dave and Dan awarded me a No-Prize (which basically means I win absolutely nothing) for coming up with a reason why the Targaryens have dark eyebrows that are—sometimes but not always—tipped in silver. Tell me you are DYING to know the answer!

EC: Haha! Yes! I love it! I can’t wait to hear your “Eyebrowgate” answer which I may be forced to steal. I don’t read anything about myself on the net, but my mother does, and she says that my dark eyebrows have been the topic of quite a lot of discussion on WiC … to say the least!

FaB: I’m not sure whether to be impressed or frightened, the fact that you know about our many “gates.” Anyway …

It’s commonly known Targaryen hair is extremely fair, which gives them creepy looking pale eyebrows, making them seem to lack expression. The Targs have been living with this for hundreds of years. Naturally the ones who cared about appearing expressive would know how to combat it.

So what they do is darken their eyebrows, using kohl or whatever makeup they have on hand. It’s when they are out in the wilderness that the darkened eyebrow colour begins to fade, and therefore you see the tips turning silver again. Brilliant, right?

EC: Pure magic, WiC I salute you – so now I have to give you a Targaryen Prize. Silver eyebrow dye anyone?! I will put it in the post…

FaB: I will certainly accept a bottle of silver Targaryen eyebrow dye. Speaking of witnessing, you mentioned on the DVD that your mum is a huge Mord fan. I’m glad to see Ciaran Bermingham getting some love! He was excellent.

EC: Absolutely right! Yes my mum is a fan, but she is far more a fan of the series [as a whole], I think she could in fact be Game of Thrones’ biggest fan.

FaB: I will arm-wrestle her for the right to that title. But let’s talk Targs! We started a “Curtain Call” series of articles at Winter Is Coming honoring the dead, in no small part due to Harry Lloyd’s astounding performance, playing your brother. He literally took a completely unlikeable character from the books and made the audience feel for him. Viserys became completely believable. You really can’t garner better praise. Tell us about the first day you met him, and your impressions of him that day.

EC: Oh Harry is one of the best people I know, and one of the most talented, getting to work alongside him was a dream. He is incredibly dedicated and hardworking but also a complete giggle, we had a lot of fun filming! I actually first met him at my screen test in LA, where he was not only amazing to act with but also was pretty amazing at helping me calm my nerves as I had to audition in front of a large number of HBO executives, I think we just instantly hit it off from then!

FaB: Do you still keep in touch?

EC: We speak really often, I am privileged to call him one of my closest friends. Harry is the one I turn to when I need solid advice, he is a pretty special person. And it’s wonderful that he is getting so much recognition for the great work he did on GoT and the other excellent films he has done since.

FaB: I love that on the DVD commentary track you reassured him he could be a geek. The geeks of the world cheered.

EC: Of course!! Geeks run the world, man, calling someone a geek is a big compliment! I am trying hard to be one myself, I think by the end of Season 3 I may get there!

FaB: You also (on the commentary track) politely pleaded for Dany’s life, when King Robert said you had to die—which was strangely adorable. Do you think if Robert had listened to Emilia Clarke’s disembodied voice, his fate might have gone better for him?

EC: Um… I would like to think so, but Robert was a pretty stubborn King – I think it would have taken more than that to change his fate… although I do think that Dany and Robert would have got on had they met, he did like blondes after all.

FaB: It could be argued Robert liked anything on two feet. Of course fans love cast commentaries. And we learn various things from them that we might not have known before, such as the fact that you can actually be bribed with Pick ‘N’ Mix.

EC: That’s true! In my view Pick ‘N’ Mix is a food of the Gods… I have a huge thing for sugar. And jellybellybeans. I have a large jar of sweets in my flat for friends. I blame not being allowed sweets very much when I was a child. One night when I was about 3, my mother found me tucked up in bed where she had left me, clutching an empty bottle of children’s vitamins which I had chewed my way through every one as they were delicious – she called the doctor!

FaB: I am personally addicted to the “Flintstones” variety. They’re like candy-flavoured gold. Speaking of gold, “Dothraki hybrid gold” was a nice line.

EC: Thank you – I am hoping David and Dan’s incredible writing skills may one day rub off on me! They are two of the funniest people alive.

FaB: I met them in person last year in Pasadena. Their humour is very sly; Dan especially will have some dry comment to offer, with just the faintest smile, and you’re just not sure if he’s having a go at you or not. Dude’s got mad ninja skills. Speaking of skills, we learned Jason Momoa actually had to tolerate your hair laying across his naked eyeball without blinking… which is basically awesome. What was it like meeting Jason for the first time? First impressions must have been interesting.

EC: Haha! Ah Jason, he is a total legend. Yes, our first ever meeting in the lobby of a Belfast hotel did start by him rugby tackling me to the floor yelling “WIFEY!!” it was quite an introduction and the fun has not cooled since! We like to call him Tigger – he has more energy than I do after 3 bags of Pick ‘N’ Mix, and he is a good foot taller than me and can also bench press me with one hand. But he is also very talented, and very kind. He is a complete gentleman and has the most beautiful family on the planet who I am very lucky to know. You can’t get much better than Momoa, It was brilliant to have him as my on screen hubbie!

FaB: He was a legend at Comic-Con too. He whipped those shades off and was rocking the Drogo guyliner. It was exceptional. Were there any Dany scenes from season 1 that were left on the cutting room floor? Ones that you wish were shown?

EC: Actually no… I don’t think so! I was very lucky!

FaB: Not only did you get to work with some really fantastic actors from season 1—like Iain Glen, Amrita Acharia, Roxanne McKee—but you now have a whole new group you got to work with, like Nonso Anozie, Ian Hanmore, and Laura Pradelska. What was it like having not only an expanded cast, but an entire city (Qarth) to play in?

EC: Just brilliant. Getting to work with the new cast, and I hope this shows on film, felt really natural, like they had always been with us because they were all great to work with. The Game of Thrones family is ever expanding! It was also very fitting to have a new city to play with them in!

FaB: Were there any pranks played on the newbies?

EC: Not that I heard of! People just continued to play pranks on the oldies…!

But speaking of pranks I would like people to know that I am not on Twitter, never have been, never will, it’s not my thing. Someone pretended to be me a while back, now someone else is doing it, and posting a lot, and it’s important that the fans aren’t tricked. Isn’t it weird that someone would be bothered to do it?

FaB: Seriously, I have always found that to be a completely bizarre phenomenon. It’s like this vicarious thing where they want to take on the life of someone they wish they could be. Like they want the attention, no matter that it’s not even for them. I find it slightly sick. And It’s not just attention for themselves; they’re desperate for any sort of attention! I liken them to very horrible reality show contestants. Like, “Who cares what people think about me, so long as I’m on the telly!” But worse. These are also the kinds of people I imagine would break into Brad Pitt’s house and try on his underwear.

(So there you have it, Twitterbaters: EMILIA CLARKE IS NOT ON TWITTER, NOR WILL SHE EVER BE. End speculation! I will hitherto strive to verbally crush every pretender I see. Fire and Blood!)

Back to the questions! Season 2! Were there any “dragon malfunctions?” They couldn’t have misbehaved as badly as the wolf pups in season 1.

EC: You mean my babies? I am proud to say they were actually very well behaved and didn’t let me down once! But I am afraid there were a few Dany malfunctions when I was asked not to forget how much they weighed when I was holding them!

FaB: Sounds to me like they’re just trying to make you look bad. Draconic glory hounds!

I think one of the things the fans love about you is the enthusiasm you have for the series as a whole–not just for Dany’s parts, but the entire story—which comes across in your interviews. Was there a sense of justification once the series received so many accolades? I mean, you never really know how something is going to be received, right? It could have been like Triassic Attack Part 2 or something.

EC: My enthusiasm for Game of Thrones and expecially Dany is just something I can’t realy control! I felt it from the first time I read the sides I had to learn for the auditions. When I like something I tend to find it hard to hide my feelings and so when the fans’ response from Season 1 was also positive it just added to my happiness! But in all honesty, if the response had not been as overwhelmingly lovely as it was, it still wouldn’t have taken anything away from how I feel about Dany and the entire series. It has flipped my world upside down and inside out and I count my blessings that I am involved in something I love this much.

FaB: Filming Game of Thrones takes up half of every year, which leaves the other half for you to pursue other projects… but sometimes the timing of those other projects can be off, and you’d have to pass up on stuff. Is that a concern for you? Obviously you’re young, and you have your entire career ahead of you, but if the series moves past 6 seasons (our fingers are crossed since there will be seven books) do you see yourself continuing on for more? That has to be a see-saw in any actor’s mind: pursue new projects or finish a story arc. On one hand you could have Steven Spielberg calling. On the other hand you have a performance that will go down in the annals of history. Daenerys is legendary.

EC: Dany, Game of Thrones and HBO are the reason why I am even getting to be thought about for other projects. However long this ride continues Dany and I are happily in this together. (I hope!) Everyone is great about flexibility for the actors and for projects they might want to do outside of Game of Thrones, so I am positive it would work out for the best. I am filming [Spike Island] right now as it happens. I am also planning on being an actor forever and ever, so yes I do believe I could have more than 6 seasons of GoT in me yet!

FaB: Obviously you can’t go into any real detail about season 2. But can you give us one of your favourite lines from this upcoming season? Just a taste!

EC: Not so much a line, but the idea of trust is what I would say. Trusting in people and herself, it makes a pretty big impact on Dany in Season 2…

FaB: One of the latest issues of Rolling Stone has a photo of you paired with Kit Harington; he’s giving you a rather passionate kiss on the temple, which of course just stokes the fires of fans who want to see Jon and Dany brought together by story’s end. Have you thought of where you would personally like to see Dany, when all’s said and done?

EC: Well, that’s an easy one, On the Iron Throne of course. Surrounded by my dragons. And Pick ‘N’ Mix.

FaB: Ha! Maybe with the skulls of her enemies used as candy bowls. I like the visual! Okay! Time for some quick hits! Favourite television show—besides Game of Thrones?

EC: Ooh… has to be I Love Lucy! Lucille Ball is my idol…

FaB: That’s a nice career to emulate too! Three songs in your iPod that get regular play!

EC: Only three?? That’s tough. This is what’s getting played right now:

“Deeper” Wild Beasts.
“Summertearz” Little Dragon
“Sally Cinnamon” Stone Roses
“Whadda Man” Salt N Pepa
“Don’t think twice, it’s alright” Bob Dylan

I realize that’s 5 but music is much too important a part of my life for me to be able to limit to only 3!

FaB: There’s no such thing as too much music. I should have asked top 10! I’m digging Summertearz! Weirdly hypnotic. Best movie you’ve seen thus far in 2012?

EC: It would have to be The Iron Lady. (Harry Lloyd strikes again.)

FaB: More Lloyd! Streep’s not bad either. Coolest dragon name: Viserion, Rhaegal, or Drogon?

EC: Drogon for sure!

FaB: On to a bizarre little tradition we started back at the 2011 TCA’s, when we asked you for your phone number (so we could call you in request of silly things). At the time you responded, “Maybe,” which was fair enough! The “Maybe” was then moved up to a “Probably” when I asked you again at Sand Diego Comic-Con over the summer. Are you willing to take the next bold step up to “Definitely someday within the next 45 years?”

EC: Definitely! That only seems fair!

FaB: Actually, we have two readers who are currently contesting the right to your phone number—Night’s King and Johan—so perhaps, once the FINAL EPISODE of the VERY LAST SEASON comes to an end, we could arrange a contest between them (a joust with pillows perhaps) to see who might earn the right to court your number. We can then buy a prepaid limited-minutes mobile phone and send it to you, and you can take a call from one of these two drooling fans for 5 minutes. What do you say to that?!

EC: What a tremendous idea! Could Jason referee? Actually my mum tells me that Johan says some really nice things and sticks up for me when others are a little less than complimentary! So thank you Johan, I don’t know about Night’s King but I will thank him too as well!

FaB: (Good on you, Johan!) We are full of WIN here at Winter Is Coming. Clearly you are impressed by my professionalism.

EC: I am impressed by your love of all things GRRM!

FaB: Fevre Dream was okay. Last question, and this one is near and dear to my heart. I am in the midst of a personal crusade, which is to remove the colour INDIGO from the seven-colour spectrum on the basis that it makes no sense to be there. Like why not also include TEAL or BURNT ORANGE? Really. Thus far in interviews I’ve done with GoT cast members, three remain pro-indigo (Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, and Aimee Richardson) whilst John Bradley has boldly stepped forth to stand behind me in this very important crusade. (He even recommended I take the issue up with Obama.) So my very important question to you is… yea or nay? Go Go Indigo, or No No Indigo?

EC: I think I am with the ladies on this one, Indigo is an absolute Go Go colour and “Mood Indigo” is one of my all time favorite jazz songs, so I would be doing Duke Ellington a huge disservice by agreeing to banish it from the spectrum… sorry!

FaB: My valiant and logical quest takes another hit. The girls will never let me hear the end of it! Well, thank you once again for taking the time to talk with us, Emilia!

EC: Thank you for such funny questions! It was great to be asked. I love WiC that’s for sure!

Fire and Blood: And we love her too!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the amazing Emilia Clarke. I want to thank Emilia and her people, as well as HBO’s publicity rep Mara, as usual, for helping this lovely interview come to fruition.

I also want to thank Emilia’s mum, who is clearly awesome.



  • I agree with most of the recasting of Dany. The previous actress did have a weird looking face and I wanted to slap her after watching the tudors. Emilia was so right for the role.

  • Love her too.

    I am willing to believe all that tiresome yelling in Season 2 trailers is just badly picked quotes and poor sound editing!

  • I will joust Johan for Queen Emilia’s number – or her favor if we’re keeping it Westerosi – though I’d be terrified of Jason refereeing.

    Great interview FaB. She’s quite the sweetheart, and I can’t wait to see her kick some ass this season!

  • I think Emilia has really taken on this role well! As a 16 year old kid, I LOVE HER! I think anyone who calls her fat is stupid. She is perfect, I personally think she is better than Tamzin Merchant.

  • She’s lovely. I’m sad that her poor mum has read the comments here and elsewhere though.

  • Very fun interview!
    And I probably would’ve thrown jelly beans at your eyeballs if you’d asked her about nudity, FaB. :D

  • Aw, she’s cute! She seems nice. I like her.

    Glad she found Harry Lloyd as awesome as I did, too. His “Dany, Dany, PLEASE” was so amazingly sad on so many levels.

  • Ah FaBio you were too adorable and Emilia is just so charming and funny. All hail the mother of dragons!

    I hope people will always try to be respectful when giving criticism because the people from the show do read the comments here.

  • Awesome interview.

    “On the Iron Throne of course. Surrounded by my dragons. And Pick ‘N’ Mix.” Nice.

    Man I can’t wait for April 1st to get here.

  • LOOOOOOVE this interview. She’s so humble and sincere. You can tell she absolutely loves doing the show and that makes her scenes so much more enthralling. There’s nothing better than watching someone practice their passion.

  • Awesome interview FaB and Emilia! Oh, and hello to Emilia’s mum! Feel free to comment sometime. :)

  • FaBulous interview!
    I, too, love Pick ‘n Mix (though we call it “loose candy” here in Sweden). I’d love to sit beneath the iron throne and eat candy with her.

  • Damn I love this girl and all the works she is putting into Dany!
    Also gotta love everything said about Jason and their first meeting, I’ve seen some fantastic interviews with that man too

  • Awesome interview, thanks for your work !
    And thanks Emilia (or her parents i guess) for being born.

  • Great interview, Fab.

    Emilia always comes across as such a likeable person it’s insane. The official title would be “adorable” I believe. So henceforth she will be known to me as The Adorable Miss Emilia Clarke.

    And go go to The Adorable Miss Emilia Clarke’s mum! Welcome!

  • Harry The Heir:
    I think Emilia has really taken on this role well! As a 16 year old kid, I LOVE HER! I think anyone who calls her fat is stupid. She is perfect, I personally think she is better than Tamzin Merchant.

    Does…anybody call her fat?

    +1 for “Emilia Clarke is awesome and has knocked the role out of the park.”

  • FaBio, you’re the man. Great, great interview.

    What could be said about Emilia? She’s adorable.

  • What a great personality! All too often good looking woman are just that, but Emilia is definitely someone you could just hang out with.

    Great interview, and good luck Emilia with your career! :)

  • Emilia is perfect for the role of Daenerys and she is a wonderful person. And FaBio is a great interviewer!!! Some awesome questions followed by witty answers. We are really lucky to have Emilia on board, she is amazing.
    And Emilia Clarke’s mother seems wonderful. Loves Game of Thrones, comes at WiC!
    Thank you for the interview, FaBio and Emilia!!! :)
    Go Go Dany!!!

  • sjwenings,

    Um actually several people did call her fat, which was the stupidest thing ever. You may not have, but other people did.
    Which is absurd, obviously she’s been quite slender from the get-go.

  • I just have to say, she seems to have very diverse and all around great taste in music; we’d get along great lol.

    Duke Ellington, Salt N Pepa, Little Dragon, Bob Dylan…

    A+ Emilia!

  • I’m glad we have Emilia as Dany, but people are too hard on Tamzin Merchant. She’s perfectly fine looking, and I’ve seen her in things other than Tudor’s and she wasn’t slightest bit annoying in them. She played annoying for the Tudor’s as they were doing a modern school girl take on Katherine Howard, which I thought was rather fun.

  • A great, entertaining interview, thanks FaB! It is hard to stand out among the awesome cast of GoT, but Emilia certainly did for me, she deserves all the accolades and awards she surely has coming.

  • Amen!!! Great post!

    I agree with most of the recasting of Dany.The previous actress did have a weird looking face and I wanted to slap her after watching the tudors.Emilia was so right for the role.

  • She may not have Twitter, but she does have Facebook. I’m pretty sure this is the real her, as she does update every once and a while (she did during season 2 about having a heat stroke, and she recently revealed in a magazine she did), and she has tons of personal pictures I don’t think you could easily find on Google. http://www.facebook.com/msemiliaclarke

    But great interview. I wish you guys coulda got one with Sean Bean while he was still on the show, maybe you still can, and see how he feels about his character’s death.

  • What a lovely person she is. Mostly great interview as usual, but can it would be nice to have an interview that doesn’t immediately mention her nudity (yes, the first question’s a joke but FaB immediately goes on to ask about Qartheen fashion). It comes across as tawdry and a little creepy.

  • Awesome interview FaB! Emilia’s a total sweetheart; can’t wait to see her kick ass in S2.

    I still don’t know if the fact Jason Momoa can bench-press her one-handed terrifies or amuses me though…

  • I always love reading/watching Emilia Clarke’s interviews, she comes across as such a warm and engaging person. Someone born as naturally beautiful as her, and so precociously talented, and finding success at such an early age might, in Jane Austen’s words, “feel entitled to think well of themselves and meanly of others”, but not a bit of it. She appears to be a genuinely nice young lady and great company.

    A lot of that must be down to her parents so if you’re lurking, Emilia’s mum, take a bow…

  • Ah , well ..if Emilia’s mum browses the site she must be aware of all the speculation that’s gone on (and on ) about whether or not “authentic” Quartheen fashion would be adopted. I’m sure she was expecting it. ;)

    She’s an excellent young actress, and very lovely.

    I don’t remember any disparaging remarks about her body type, or weight.. but I remember being grateful that she wasn’t some anorexic looking young bone rack, and thinking ,if the show was a great success , she would be a positive ideal for young women to want to emulate (I guess that’s the mother in me. )

    What I do seem to remember is a fair amount of drooling from some quarters.

  • Excellent interview FaBio! Fun read from beginning to end.
    Absolutely agree with the posts here: Emilia is a gorgeous young woman, inside and out. She seems very passionate about her work, very humble and fun, really wish her all the best.
    And she has definitely become the Mother of Dragons (love it when she calls them “my babies” hehe). Hope the dragons behave when she sits on the Iron Throne, and don’t melt her Pick n’ Mix.

  • I got a big chuckle out of her in the blu-ray commentary track. Best part was when Drogo picked her up after she ate the horse heart. In her version of a Jason Momoa american voice “Hrrr. God you’re so heavy, you’re so fucking heavy. Oh my god, you pregnant lady”. LOL!

  • What a great interview! I love her enthusiasm for this series, and she comes off as such a lovely person too! The books, especially the last, describe her as the most beautiful woman in all the world, and I must say, she pulls that off wonderfully. How anyone would call her fat is beyond me. She has stunning looks all around. I admit I wasn’t wild about Dany in the books, but seeing Emilia’s take on her and her enthusiasm for the role have really breathed more life into book-Dany for me.

  • I don’t see anything wrong with asking about the Qartheen fashion- that’s been a legit topic of discussion, with some very different opinions about it. And she answered the question delightfully.

  • Great job, Fabio!

    Emilia is stunning, awesome, flawfree, HBIC, etc, etc!!

    Also, +10,000 golden dragons for listening to Sally Cinnamon!

    p.s. Fab, y’know I’ve been behind you and the anti-Indigo crusade from the start, but then you had to go and bring up burnt orange!? smh. Tuck fexas.

  • So, on the very important topic of indigo, I’d like to point FaB to the wikipedia article which states: “Although traditionally considered one of seven colors of the rainbow or the optical spectrum, modern color scientists do not usually recognize indigo as a separate division and generally classify wavelengths shorter than about 450 nm as violet.” So, as wonderful as Emilia Clarke and the other pro-Indigo types may be, they’re a bit out of their expertise, whereas science is apparently on your side. Keep up the good fight!

  • Demokritos,

    obviously FaBio edited that Wiki-page.

    great interview, I really get bored with the megatons of interviews coming at us from all different websites and most of them are all garbage. Great job of keeping things fresh over here! (although that Rory McCann interview the other day was absolutely great)

    So when can we expect a Jack Gleeson interview? That man deserves to know we all love him here at WiC!

  • Mormegil,

    Lol if that’s the “song” they were referring to, it is completely logical that she would be more scared than at any other time! However, she also sings during the battle of Blackwater to calm the other noblewomen, IIRC.

  • Amazing Interview :) She’s gorgeous and loved to see her inside opinions about the co-workers that actually played pretty badass characters.

    And I searched her favorite musics and “Deeper” from Wild Beasts it’s still in my head. Such a sexy song lol IMO. I lke her taste in music!

  • I read this interview earlier today @ work. Came home, sat down and started to listening to Puscifer’s “Indigo Children”. Totally struck me as cute/funny considering the conversation regarding Indigo here. Really struck again at how fitting that song is for Daenery’s new “children” as they travel across the waste. Its srsly awesome. Listen to the song and find all the paralells.

    No mouring for the old empire- obvious
    Lunar Child- funny considering Dany is drogo’s “moon of my life”
    EMP from the mother and son-obvious
    Serious Venus-cuz EC’s gorgeous

    If this isn’t now Danys theme song it ought to be! Quick, Puscifer and Game of Thrones, do the collaboration OF MY DREAMS! (what?!…I can dream…)

    You’re welcome.

  • Knurk,

    I second that. I want a Jack Gleeson interview. I don’t remember seeing any interviews of him on the internet during season 1, it’s too bad because I want to hear his thoughts on his and other characters and the show as a whole. Is he an extremely shy kid or he doesn’t like to get in touch with fans, because there might be a crazy fan that can’t tell the difference between him and Joffrey and might suddenly attack him?

  • Fun interview and how sweet is Emilia?! Aww.

    Umm.. I wouldn’t mind meeting Jason and have him tackle me. lol Talk about a dream come true!

  • And by “you” I mean Johan, specifically.

    Hahah :D

    Emilia is lovely. I didn’t think it was possible to love Dany more than I did after reading the books, but once the show aired and I saw Emilia’s brilliant work, I was proven wrong. Warm wishes to Emilia, and her mum.

  • Great interview, Emilia is always such a doll. And that picture of her and Kit is absolutely adorable! I wonder if there are any sparks between them? I always find them complimenting each other in interviews. They’d make a cute couple.

  • Loved the interview! Emilia is delightful! Dany’s storyline has gone from one of my least favorite in the books to one of my favorite in the show, and Emilia is largely responsible. I have enjoyed every interview with Emilia that I have read/watched (although this one was hands down my favorite, well done FaB!), she seems like such a fun and genuine person. I absolutely love Emilia and can’t wait to see her in season 2!

  • I second the call for a Jack Gleeson interview. He’s doing a fabulous job. ( and judging by what the other cast members have to say..he’s definitely playing against type .)

  • Ours is the Fury: Um actually several people did call her fat, which was the stupidest thing ever.

    I’m sure they didn’t. Problem is, women tend to read “she’s a tiny bit chubby” or similar as “she’s fat”. They just can’t seem to see the difference.

  • But Emilia isn’t even “a tiny bit chubby” (which I still see as calling someone fat) so no matter how it’s phrased, it’s still overly-critical, un-realistic, un-true, and stupid.

  • sjwenings: I’m sure they didn’t. Problem is, women tend to read “she’s a tiny bit chubby” or similar as “she’s fat”. They just can’t seem to see the difference.

    This is a distinction with no difference because it’s insulting in either case you present.

    It’s like if you were to say, “Hmm, he’s okay, but his face is just a bit too ugly.” And indeed, this came up with our Nikolaj and his (very attractive IMO) nose as he has often joked in interviews, and it was exactly as inappropriate then! This is not about “women”, it’s about basic respect for other human beings.

  • What a great interview, thanks FaBio. And thanks to the Adorable Miss Emilia Clarke, as perfectly titled by an earlier WiC blogger.

    I hope there are more interviews like this coming our way. I personally love Kit Harington and would love in interview from him xx

  • Awesome interview! That first pic of Emelia is gorgeous,her eyes are awesome!

    I want to know about that Rolling Stone interview too!

  • Thanks for the interview – I think she looks better as a brunette than she does as Dany.

    Are those her real eyes in the first pic, or does she have green contacts? If her eyes are really that green, they’re amazing.

  • sjwenings,

    People did call some of her body parts, so you may be “sure” but you’re still not correct. Referring to a woman as thin as Emilia as being chubby at all is why women wind up with eating disorders. It’s ridiculous.

    But anyway, yeah, the first photo in the interview, that’s one of the older ones of Emilia provided when the news of her casting first hit.

  • Cool Interview! Cool questions. EC is so genuine and nice. She really comes off as a very nice young lady. It is really cool that she read the books as well. WiC thanks for this interview, it was really nice of you. Can I make a suggestion though???

    A week or so before you get to do an interview like this, can you start a thread like “What would YOU ask Emilia Clarke”?

    That way, you can pick out a few good questions that you liked from the fan community here at WiC and everyone would feel like they took part. Know what i am saying? Great job though, I am not complaining at all, just wish we could have had a chance to maybe ask a question as a community…

    I have a few questions that I think would have been funny…

    1). Have any directors/cast members, friends or family have just started calling you Dany yet?

    2). When you get angry or upset in your personal life do you find yourself thinking “F this, I am blood of the dragon!”?

    FaB did a great job with the interview and EC is beautiful and awesome. I am so glad we got her as our beloved Daenerys.

    Next time when you find out you get an exclusive interview like this can you please post a thread with the news and take a few questions from the fan community here at WiC. I know just the chance of getting a question into an interview like this would have motivated me to make some good posts…

    Thanks WiC!!!

  • Wow, in that first picture she looks like an elf! Such beautiful eyes! FaB, this was a fantastic interview, and a wonderful example of why I love this website. You have such a natural talent for effortless comedy and flow in your writing! I read it twice, and I read the parts that mentioned Harry Lloyd three times :)

    I notice you didn’t ask her if she’s dating anyone, but I think nowadays publicists tell stars to lie anyway, and say ‘no’ even if they are, to keep the fans happy – but as a rabid Harry Lloyd fan, somehow I think the idea of these two together would meet with my approval. Now I just have to figure out a mash-up name for them. Emilarry? Harilia? eh, maybe it won’t work..

    So glad to hear she is on the side of love and beauty in the battle of Indigo! (logic has no place in this war!)

    How cool is it that her mum reads WiC? I’ve read interviews with other stars where they talk about keeping off the internet for their own sanity, and they have their friends screen things for them, and just tell them the good stuff. That’s probably a healthy approach as sometimes the ‘net seems to be overflowing with nasties!

    Great job, FaB, and hurray for Emilia who plans to stick it through to the bloody end of this story. Knowing Martin, this could wind up being very scary for her!

  • It is decided! I will name my first born after her!

    Holy Mother of Dragons, she is so awesome and FABIO blows my mind! Great stuff, favorite had to be her saying she wanted to be on the Iron Throne, surrounded by her dragons, the Bob Dylan song and everything FABIO said.

    I’ll go pledge for House Targ now :-)

  • awesoem interview! would be pretty cool to see the Throne oom with a jar of Pic N Mix hahaha

    Ours is the Fury:

    People did call some of her body parts, so you may be “sure” but you’re still not correct. Referring to a woman as thin as Emilia as being chubby at all is why women wind up with eating disorders. It’s ridiculous.

    I slightly disagree about the last sentence (I had never seen anyone call Emilia chubby in front of my, otherwise I`d be a bit more violent person haha). But I think the origin of the “eating disorders” is interior. If a girl is cool about herself, and has a good mind, when someone called her “chubby” (whether she being ir or not) she would just tell them to f*ck off.
    It’s a pretty big problem, ’cause usually the girls who have this problem are “smallminded”, and cease to the, uh, pressure, so to speak, easily.

    Anyway, Emilia is gorgeous since day one!

  • Thiago Slash,

    I think Emilia still has a youthful look. Some may mistake this for chubby…

    She is a beautiful woman and I am very satisfied with her being Dany. She did get cast for Dany, not Olive Oil from Popeye…

    Her curves are very sexy and she is a beautiful example of a sexy woman…

  • Excellent interview FaB! Emilia Clarke is such a lovely person, such a joy to watch on-screen and so right to play Dany. I am glad and grateful to have her on the show, I appreciate her talent, her effort and her enthusiasm for the show and her fellow castmembers.

    Because of Emilia, Dany has become one of my favourite characters in the series (of course as I continue reading them, also in the novels), next to Jon and Tyrion. Personally I have nothing against Tamzin Merchant, I wish her all the best, but I’m glad that Nina Gold decided to go with Emilia, because now in hindsight, I have trouble imagining anybody else as Dany.

    This is how I got my mom to watch “Game Of Thrones”, she loves all the actors, everything about the show, but she adores Emilia and her character, Dany. I got her hooked on the show by introducing her to Emilia Clarke…

    So I wish Emilia all the best, good luck and continued success…can’t wait to see her in Season Two! Yes, I am also one of those fans that holds out hope, no matter how small, that Dany and Jon will end-up together in the end…Fire and Ice indeed!

    PS. Jack Gleeson aka Joff (or “my repulsive nephew”, as Tyrion refers to him), really deserves one of these epic interviews and a higher prophile. He does such a tremendous job in portraying such a hateful and spiteful character as Joffrey, that it is nothing less than total badassery! He must know that we care for him and appreciate his work!

  • Woah woah woah Woah !!!!!! I can’t read an article the disses Braveheart, even if it’s about the costumes.

  • I love Dany too!

    But if she throws one of her lil temper and lays one finger on a Stark then…..

    I will be really sad to have to call Dany an enemie. =[

  • Wonderful interview. I loved that she knows–and loves!–the song Mood Indigo by Duke Ellington.

    She seems like a really cool woman.

  • Chrissy:
    I agree with most of the recasting of Dany.The previous actress did have a weird looking face and I wanted to slap her after watching the tudors.Emilia was so right for the role.

    Such a nice thing to say, judging someone on their appearance.

  • Emilia is such an inspiration for me; I’m in school for acting currently. I’ve studied her methods for portraying Daenerys extensively – she really sticks out for me in a cast off geniuses. And she’s practically my age, too.

    Crazy stuff. So talented. And funny as all, too! Stellar interview, FaB.

  • Thanks for the interview WiC.
    And thanks for clarifying that Emilia not have twitter and congratulations to Emilia’s mother for her stunningly beautiful daughter


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