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EST 2012 | formerly Emilia Clarke Central
07/11/2017

ELLEThe Game of Thrones star is ELLE’s August 2017 cover girl.

 

In Game of Thrones’s Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke has created one of the strongest, most enduring female characters in our pop-culture consciousness. So where does all that fire come from? Joseph Hooper explores this, as well as Clarke’s stance on motherhood, sex scenes, and life after GoT in ELLE’s exclusive interview in the August issue, on newsstands July 18.

Here, a sneak peek at our cover story:

 

On her anxiety over shooting the final season of Game of Thrones: “Oh God, I get sleepless nights over it. ‘Oh, you’re gonna mess it up. It’s the last season, and it’s going to go wrong.’ My mates are like, ‘It’s you—you [and Daenerys] are one and the same now. You need to trust your instincts!’ And I’m like, ‘ No, I’ve got to do more research!’ The higher everyone places the mantle, the bigger the fall. That sounds really awful, but it’s true! I don’t want to disappoint anyone.”

 

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