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EST 2012 | formerly Emilia Clarke Central
  • [on her role as “Daenerys” in the Game of Thrones (2011) series] Sometimes I feel like the kid left out–the weirdo with the silver hair that no one likes to talk to.
  • [on her Game of Thrones (2011) character] I felt for Daenerys. I felt for her situation as a woman. Being in such a male-dominated society, where she was being abused by the men around her–it was that sort of sympathy, I suppose it started off as that. But then as you track her story, the problems that she overcomes and the way that she deals with them with such grace and the way that she deals with them when she has no training. The only thing that she has is herself and her iron will–that’s just a fabulous, incredible side to her character, really. And the fact that you watch her fall in love. You know, she meets the man that she loves more than anything else. She goes through painful events but she is still this strong, independent woman. And I think that, as a female, is what I really connected with.
  • One of the many things I love about Daenerys [from Game of Thrones (2011)] is she’s given me an opportunity to fly the flag for young girls and women, to be more than just somebody’s wife and somebody’s girlfriend.
  • Because of my hair I rarely, rarely get recognized, but I was in America, in L.A., a couple of weeks ago and I was in a lift [elevator] in a department store and the doors opened and this woman stood there, looked at me and just went, “Khaleesi!” and then the doors closed! So that was mental and bizarre and rarely happens but when it does it’s normally on that kind of crazy scale.
  • I looked around one stage school when I was maybe nine. It just scared the bejesus out of me. I was incredibly open, and the girls seemed fierce and determined.
  • Not to sound too much like an obnoxious actor, but the character never really leaves me. I’ve read all the “Game of Thrones” books many times over, so I sometimes find it easier being on set, because it can be hard to get out of character.
  • I told my parents I wanted to be an actor and they were getting ready for a life of unemployment so they’re just happy I’m in work!
  • When I told my dad I wanted to be an actress, he replied that there was only one line I needed to learn: ‘Do you want fries with that?’
  • My father always said “Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their bookshelf”.
  • [on being unaware that the Terminator Genisys poster focuses on her butt]: I wasn’t thinking that they would chose my behind to promote the movie. I’m taking it as a compliment, that’s all I’m saying.
  • [on her Sarah Connor role]: Let’s see, there’s driving a bus off a bridge, rolling out in an armored car, firing eight different kinds of weapons. It’s just kicking some general butts, really.
  • [on not knowing that the photo for the Terminator Genisys poster was being taken]: I don’t remember them taking that picture. I would have turned around and said, ‘What are you doing? What’s that! Get that camera away from my butt!’ I was looking at the poster thinking, ‘Who is that?’ It’s cool.
  • [what it was like working with Arnold Schwarzenegger on Terminator Genisys] Definitely quite surreal. Everything you know about him on screen he brings in real life as well.
  • [Sarah Connor, from the Terminator franchise] The most iconic female action figure ever.
  • [The Terminator] Its really scary.