Meet Our April Cover Star, Emilia Clarke!
Emilia Clarke gives the scoop on the new season of Game of Thrones, her idyllic childhood, and the misleading nature of red-carpet galleries
COVER FASHION CREDITS: Emilia Clarke wears a Burberry Prorsum top, skirt and shoes, a Dior ring and the stylist’s own earrings. Photography: Nino Muñoz for stocklandmartel.com. Stylists: Kemal & Karla, The Wall Group. Hair: Jenny Cho, Suave Professional, The Wall Group. Makeup: Kate Lee, Chanel. Nails: Lisa Peña-Wong. Set design: Ali Gallagher, Jed Root.
ON THE NEW SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES:
“The whole of season four is dark and really emotional. If you asked any of the actors about this season, they’d say, ‘Oh no, my character’s got the best arc.’”
ON THE MISLEADING NATURE OF RED-CARPET GALLERIES: “There are no captions on red-carpet photos that say, ‘This girl trained for two weeks, she went on a juice diet, she has a professional hair and makeup person, and this dress was made for her.’ I just wish they’d say, ‘It ain’t the truth.’”
ON HER VERY EMBARRASSING GAME OF THRONES AUDITION MOMENT: “I get there, and I’m all dressed up to the nines, wearing a nice outfit with heels. I walk into an auditorium that’s got 50 people from HBO. I’m nervous like you wouldn’t believe. I had a Diet Coke right before I walked in, so I was buzzing. I said hello to each of the 50 people individually and walked down the steps, then fell over walking down.”
ON THE ONE THING SCARIER THAN ALL THAT NUDITY: “The aftermath was the thing that was harder to deal with. Going in to do my first press junket, that’s a hell of a lot scarier than being naked up on TV!”
ON WHAT SHE LEARNED FROM HER STINT ON BROADWAY IN BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S: “I learned more doing Breakfast at Tiffany’s than I did during three years at drama school. Hearing the audience say something ridiculous—‘That’s not Khaleesi!’—and still getting back onstage … It strengthens you.”
ON LANDING THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME: “After my last audition for Game of Thrones, they said, ‘Congratulations, princess.’ I was like, ‘Bye-bye, call centre.'”
ON HER IDYLLIC CHILDHOOD: “One of the first houses we lived in was like out of a fairy story. We had a stream that ran through our garden, and we played with the ducks—we locked them in my mum’s office and they pooed everywhere. It was crazy, picking blackberries and mushrooms, rabbits running through your legs.”
On HER NEW BLOCKBUSTER ROLE IN TERMINATOR: “This is the most physical transformation I’ve ever done. But I haven’t done anything before this—I’ve done Game of Thrones and that’s about it. With Dany, it’s all CGI dragons, so not much training is needed.”
ON SIGNING UP FOR A MASSIVE FRANCHISE: ““Definitely, attention equals pressure, but everything, everything is still so new to me that I’m enjoying jumping on this bandwagon early and seeing how I respond to it. If you spend too much time wondering what you’re going to feel like in year five, you’re not going to feel anything in year one.”
ON HER CHILDHOOD ACTING EXPERIENCE: “My dad took me for an audition once, to show me, ‘OK, you want to be a child actor, this is what it’s like.’ I sang a folk song about donkeys on this West End stage with this big director, and there was a queue of 200 girls all singing ‘Memory.’ I was terrible. Terrible.”