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Press: Emilia Clarke explains what Daenerys is thinking during her big turn

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019

WINTER IS COMING – Earlier this week, Emilia Clarke appeared on the Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman. The episode, which you can listen to here, is quite long: over two hours! Clarke covers a huge variety of topics, from why she started her SameYou charity to growing up in England to which American accent she finds sexy to, of course, Game of Thrones.

In fact, she talks rather a lot about Thrones, because Shapard is clearly a superfan and has a ton of questions. Like, it’s hard to overstate how big a fan he is.

Anyway, Clarke covers a lot of ground, but I was most interested in her comments about why Daenerys chose to burn down the city of King’s Landing after it was clear the Lannister army had surrendered. She walked Shepard and Padman through her thought process after receiving those final scripts. “On one side, I was like, ‘How juicy!’ Oh my days, as an actress, to be able to do this? Like, flip that fucking shit? And on the other side, I’m like, ‘It hurts. It hurts so much. I love her so much.’ So it was kind of a combination of that the entire way through. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to film.”

Clarke, who was terrific in that scene, clearly spent a lot of time getting herself to a place where she could play in convincingly. She offered up a passionate explanation for why Daenerys did what she did. “[I]f you really look at her…the fact that she’s been on the run her whole life, she’s been abused her whole life, she’s been dealing with the weight of responsibility of carrying her family’s legacy her whole life…When it comes down to this thing of people start to betray her, people start to leave her, people start to devalue what it is she’s made…She’s killed people all the way up until this point, and now someone’s gonna turn around and say, ‘Ah, maybe no.’ I did this because it was all or nothing. I went all in, and now you’re telling me that I can’t? So it becomes its own addiction.”

You’re at the bar, and you’re holding the fucking drink in your hand, and you don’t wanna fucking drink it, but you can’t help it, because you’re so damaged and you’re so hurt and you’re so vulnerable that there is nothing left to do. Everybody has left you. That’s my pitch.

Like a lot of other fans, I didn’t quite buy Daenerys’ flip to the dark side when it happened, but I never doubted Clarke’s commitment, and honestly, she’s kind of selling me on it here.

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Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019

Gallery: “Last Christmas” NY Premiere

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019

 

 

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Videos: “Game of Thrones” Wins 12 Emmys

Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Sadly Emilia didn’t win a much deserved Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama, “Game of Thrones” had 10 wins at the Creative Arts Emmy that was last Sunday. Last night they won the all important Outstanding Drama Series. Also, Peter Dinklage won his fourth Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

 
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Press/Vid: ‘Last Christmas’ Trailer: Emilia Clarke’s Cynical Elf Charmed by Mysterious Henry Golding

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019

The first look of Paul Feig’s latest reveals a serious note to the holiday rom-com and Emma Thompson doing an accent.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Christmas came early on Tuesday night when the Last Christmas trailer dropped online, revealing some new plot details to Paul Feig’s holiday-themed romantic comedy starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding.

The Paul Feig-directed project sees Clarke star as Kate, a disillusioned retail worker and self-described “mess” working as an elf at a year-round Christmas shop under the management of an exacting boss played by Michelle Yeoh. “I have nicknamed her ‘Lazy the Elf’ because she appears never to work,” Yeoh says loudly to a group of visitors to the shop in the trailer. When Clarke begins to bump into Tom (Henry Golding), she starts to confide in him — but starts to wonder about who he is when he disappears for short bouts.

The screenplay, penned by Emma Thompson, who also stars in the film as Clarke’s heavily Eastern-accented mother, sees Clarke play a somewhat meta role as a woman who nearly died due to a condition that isn’t revealed in the trailer. Clarke revealed that she suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms over the course of her time starring in Game of Thrones in a story for the New Yorker in March. “I was really sick and I nearly died. I don’t tell people because they get weird, but I don’t think you’ll get weird,” Clarke says in the trailer. “I’m just scared all the time.”

Serenading viewers will be Clarke, who at one point in the trailer begins spreading Christmas cheer by singing “Deck the Halls” in front of a homeless shelter, and the late George Michael, whose music will accompany the film, named after his 1984 Wham! hit.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year, Feig said that he was attracted to Thompson’s Last Christmas screenplay because “it’s not necessarily about, ‘I’ve gotta find a husband, I’ve gotta find someone to complete my life,'” he says. “I much more like movies about people who have to straighten their own lives out, and then once they do, then the real prize at the end of the film is that you’ve actually fixed your life and put yourself in a better place.”

Last Christmas will release on Nov. 8.