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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Press: David Beckham Is ‘Star Struck’ After Meeting ‘Mother of Dragons’ Emilia Clarke: ‘So Nice to See’ Her

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019

US WEEKLY – GoT super fan! David Beckham was left “star struck” after he met Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke, also known as the Mother of Dragons, on Friday, November 22.

The soccer superstar, 44, took to Instagram to gush about the pair’s meeting at a Fleetwood Mac concert in San Francisco.

“I was a little star-struck whist [sic] being in the same vicinity of the Mother Of Dragons … So nice to see @emilia_clarke in San Fran whilst being wowed by Fleetwood Mac 🔥 #dreamforce2019,” Beckham wrote alongside a photo of the two smiling as he put his arm around her.

The father of four previously found himself in hot water. with British Game of Thrones fans after posting spoilers about the HBO series on his Instagram Story in February 2017.

Beckham took snapshots of the season 7 episode The Queen’s Justice and shared them with his 59 million followers before the episode aired in the U.K., which led some fans to slam him on Twitter. One user even tweeted, “David Beckham casually spoiling Game of Thrones on his Insta stories like he spoiled the World Cup in 1998.”

Nevertheless, Beckham’s GoT fandom has prevailed. Clarke, meanwhile, has become accustomed to people’s adoration since landing a starring role on the acclaimed HBO series.

The 33-year-old English actress, who played Daenerys Targaryen from 2011 until the series ended earlier this year, became a fan favorite and was nominated for three Emmy awards for her work on the show. While she is grateful for the experience, Clarke told Dax Shepard. that she was made to believe Game of Thrones fans would be “disappointed” if she didn’t appear nude on screen.

“I’d come fresh from drama school, and I was like, ‘Approach this as a job.’ If it’s in the script then it’s clearly needed, this is what this is and I’m gonna make sense of it,” Clarke explained on Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast in November. “I’m floating through this first season and I have no idea what I’m doing, I have no idea what any of this is. I’ve never been on a film set like this before, I’d been on a film set twice before then, and I’m now on a film set completely naked with all of these people, and I don’t know what I’m meant to do and I don’t know what’s expected of me.”

She went on to share that it was her costar Jason Momoa who gave her the confidence to say “no” to GoT‘s many nude scenes.

“He was like, ‘No sweetie, this isn’t OK,’” the Last Christmas star dished. “Now things are different. Now things are very, very, very different and I’m a lot more savvy about what I’m comfortable with and what I’m OK with doing.”

Press: Emilia Clarke Says She’s Been Pressured to Do Nude Scenes After ‘Game of Thrones’

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019

VARIETY – Emilia Clarke revealed that she’s been pressured to do nude scenes on projects following her role as the occasionally nude Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones.” Now a seasoned actor, Clarke is quick to shut down producers who won’t respect her boundaries.

“I’m a lot savvier with what I’m comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing,” Clarke said in a recent episode of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. “I’ve had fights on set before where I’m like, ‘No, the sheet stays up,’ and they’re like, ‘You don’t wanna disappoint your ‘Game of Thrones’ fans.’ And I’m like, ‘F–you.’ I feel like I’ve seen enough now to know what is actually needed.”

Clarke recalled filming intimate scenes on the “Game of Thrones” set, revealing that she found nude scenes “terrifying.” She explained how former co-star Jason Momoa acted as her mentor during the filming of Season 1.

“It’s only now that I realize how fortunate I was with that, because that could have gone many, many, many different ways. Because Jason had experience, he had done a bunch of stuff before coming on to this, he was like, ‘Sweetie, this is how it’s meant to be and this is how it’s not meant to be, and I’m going to make sure that’s the way it goes,’” Clarke said, adding that Momoa would always be sure she received a robe during the filming of nude scenes. “He was so kind and considerate and cared about me as a human being. He took care of me, he really did. In an environment where I didn’t know I needed to be taken care of.”

Clarke, who was on “Game of Thrones” for 10 years, explained how she felt first receiving the role and learning how much nudity was expected of her.

“I’d come fresh from drama school, and I was like, ‘Approach this as a job.’ If it’s in the script then it’s clearly needed, this is what this is and I’m gonna make sense of it,” Clarke said. “I’m floating through this first season and I have no idea what I’m doing, I have no idea what any of this is. I’ve never been on a film set like this before, I’d been on a film set twice before then, and I’m now on a film set completely naked with all of these people, and I don’t know what I’m meant to do and I don’t know what’s expected of me.”

With Momoa’s guidance, Clarke felt comfortable pushing back, even requesting less nudity after Season 1.

Outside of the Emmy-winning series, Clarke has appeared in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Me Before You” and “Last Christmas,” which is currently in theaters.

Gallery: “Last Christmas” Promoting and Other Updates

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019

I have finally moved this site to my new host (Thanks so much to Kaci and Claudia) and so I can update all that I missed. Hopefully, I got everything.

 

 
 
 

Gallery Links:

PHOTOSHOOTS & OUTTAKES > 2019 > 2019 Vogue (Spain)

PHOTOSHOOTS & OUTTAKES > 2019 > 2019 Variety – Actors On Actors

PHOTOSHOOTS & OUTTAKES > 2019 > 2019 Emmy Portraits

PHOTOSHOOTS & OUTTAKES > 2019 > 2019 MTV News Portraits

PHOTOSHOOTS & OUTTAKES > 2019 > 2019 Sirius XM Portraits

PHOTOSHOOTS & OUTTAKES > 2019 > 2019 Stellar

PHOTOSHOOTS & OUTTAKES > 2019 > 2019 Wonderland

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Sep 12: Promoting “Last Christmas”

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Sep 19: “Last Christmas” Press Conference +12

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Oct 30: “Good Morning America” Appearance

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Nov 6: Promoting “Last Christmas”

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Nov 9: Promoting “Last Christmas”

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Nov 9: “MTV News” Appearance

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Nov 12: Covent Garden Christmas Lights 2019

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Nov 13: BBC The Story So Far

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Nov 14: HFPA And THR Golden Globe Ambassador Party – Press Conference

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Nov 18: Arm Chair Expert

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Nov 23: Dream Force

FILM PRODUCTIONS > Last Christmas > Behind The Scenes

FILM PRODUCTIONS > Last Christmas > Promotional Photos

FILM PRODUCTIONS > Last Christmas > Production Stills

MODELING, ADVERTISING, AND PROMOTIONAL WORK > Dolce & Gabbana ‘The One’ Fragrance – 2018 Campaign > Promotional Photos

MODELING, ADVERTISING, AND PROMOTIONAL WORK > Same You (Emilia’s Charity) – 2019 > Photoshoot

MAGAZINES > 2019 > 2019 Wonderland – Dec

MAGAZINES > 2019 > 2019 Total Film – Dec

MAGAZINES > 2019 > 2019 Stellar – Oct 20

 

Gallery: “Last Christmas” Premiere in London and Magazine Updates

Monday, Nov 11, 2019

 

Gallery Links:

APPEARANCES > 2019 > Nov 11: “Last Christmas” Premiere – London

FILM PRODUCTIONS > Last Christmas > Behind The Scenes

FILM PRODUCTIONS > Last Christmas > Posters

FILM PRODUCTIONS > Last Christmas > Production Stills

MAGAZINES > 2019 > 2019 Total Film – October

MAGAZINES > 2019 > 2019 Emmy – Issue 10

MAGAZINES > 2019 > 2019 100 Greatest TV Shows – Ed 4

MAGAZINES > 2019 > 2019 SKIP Magazine – November

MAGAZINES > 2019 > 2019 The Big Issue – Nov 11-17

MAGAZINES > 2019 > 2019 People Magazine – Nov 18

MAGAZINES > 2019 > 2019 Empire UK – December