Game of Thrones veteran Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) is one of the most beautiful women in the world, so imagine the shock when a facialist told her she needed to think about getting fillers — a substance injected into the face to decrease the appearance of wrinkles — when she was still in her 20s.
Clarke recalled the story in a recent interview with Elle UK, when she was talking about her skincare routine and the pressures that women in the entertainment industry feel to look their best. “I once had a facialist who told me I needed fillers and I showed her the door. I was literally just like, ‘get out.’ Her exact words were, ‘Then, you can have your face back.’ At that point I was 28.”
Clarke, who is 34, received the awful advice when she was in the middle of working on Game of Thrones, around the time it was at its peak. Though she knows that kind of advice is commonplace in her industry, she wasn’t about to go down that path.
Emilia Clarke won’t bow to pressures to get fillers, Botox
Clarke notes that good lighting is important, and she trusts the director of photography on a show or movie to get it right, which makes all the difference in the world. There’s no need for fillers, which she sees as being something that could prevent her from doing her job as an actor.
I work in an industry where I’ve got to move my face, and I’ve got to be expressive, and you can’t light filler. You just can’t light it. It doesn’t look right, you look shiny and strange. If my job is telling me that I need to have anything more than possibly a bit of botox when I’m 45 or whatever, then I’ll stop doing the job.
Clarke says she’s always followed her mother’s skincare advice to “cleanse, tone and moisturize,” and she also enjoys many of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop products. But she’s cautious about going overboard and is careful not to try too many new products without testing them first because she has sensitive skin.
She also notes that she enjoys hot baths with some Epsom salt and lavender oil when she needs to relax and de-stress, and yoga and meditation have been particularly useful during these long months in lockdown.
h/t Metro UK