Emilia Clarke ‘Game of Thrones’ Star: Playing Daenerys ‘Taught Me About Lady Balls’

Emilia Clarke setback fondly at her eight seasons on HBO’s epic fantasy series, “Game of Thrones,” and realizes that playing Daenerys taught her something essential about herself: “She taught me about lady balls,” the four-time Emmy nominee told.

no doubt about it, Daenerys became a powerful conqueror and ruler by the time the show ended earlier this year, and Clarke is the primary to acknowledge that.

Clarke responds in a new interview with The Daily Telegraph: “She taught me what it feels like to be in a room and be heard. She wielded such power, calmness and such poise.”

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“She had a fierce intensity and made some incredibly tough choices. In Season 3, she had to start busting some balls, and as a 25-year-old standing in front of 500 extras, 150 crew members, six cameras, a drone, dragons and fire, I had to bring it.”

“I felt like if I can do that, then the red carpet doesn’t feel so scary to me at all. So there’s a certain kind of self-belief that rubs off on you as a person,” she added.

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Yes, playing as Mother of Dragons, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, or anything you want to call her, is a difficult act to follow, but Clarke doesn’t trouble herself about those silly things.

“I don’t feel pressure to follow up on the show because it’s unfollowable. I’m not going to go off and be like ‘Oh well, dragons are my thing…’ I can’t be a crazy woman demanding dragons forever! ‘These aren’t as good as my last dragons!’ Can you imagine?” she chuckled.

Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke

But as good time would have it, her follow-up work is a dramedy about a repeatedly unlucky woman in “Last Christmas,” written by Emma Thompson and her Man Greg Wise, and its directed Paul Feig.

It was pitched to me like, ‘Emma Thompson has written a movie.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t even need to read it. Yes, I’m in, I’m 100 percent in,’” Clarke recollected. “I think she is the greatest human and with the double combo of Paul Feig directing, it was an absolute no-brainer. Worst-case scenario, we were at least going to have a wonderful time.”

“Last Christmas” will hit in theaters on Nov. 8.

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