Emilia Clarke is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood, but before her role on Game of Thrones the actress had barely appeared on TV. Propelled by her role as dragon-toting minx Daenerys Targaryen, the London-born actress has gone from a bit parts in daytime soaps to the A-list. Here, The Big Issue gets its geek on as Clarke reflects on cult fans, auditioning to become the Queen Across the Sea and her preferred hair colour…
Do blondes have more fun?
From Daenerys’ point of view, she doesn’t have much fun at all but I definitely am now considering going blonde because I really like it. The beauty of the character is she’s got such a huge arc. She comes into her own, starts making her own decisions, becomes a bit of a badass. That’s the best way to describe it. She goes on this massive journey to womanhood.
The more I can get my teeth into a role, the more I enjoy it
At the start of the books Daenerys is only 13 but they made her a little older for TV.
In the books she’s 13 but we made her around about 16. The books are harking back to Medieval times, where children really weren’t the children we know today – they had to be adults quite quickly. While that’s okay in the books I think that would be a bit too shocking for the TV series.
Nothing is too shocking for Game of Thrones! Even though Dany’s the Mother of Dragons, can you relate to her?