Emilia Clarke is an Emmy-nominated and a universally popular star, and while she’s known worldwide for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, it’s only one of many acting jobs she’s done.
Emilia Clarke whose complete name is Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clark has had a fruitful acting career outside of Game Of Thrones. At 32-years of age, Clarke’s amazing resume incorporates includes “Terminator Genisys,” “Me Before You,” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
There are a couple of things fans may not definitely think about the British entertainer and it’s her birthday today and there can’t be a better time to share 5 things that you may not definitely think about Clarke.
1. Clarke worked for a catering organization before getting her role as Daenerys in “Game of Thrones.”
Clarke has always been open about the not really exciting gigs she did before her acting career took off.
Clarke told Marie Claire in 2014 that she was “working six jobs to pay the rent,” when she was starting out, and “called in sick” to her catering job when she got the call to audition for “Game of Thrones.”
She has even confessed she was fired from one of her job.
“I think I speak for actors everywhere when I say that we spend some time without the love of our job that we are trained to do in catering or call centers or bar jobs or festivals… or waitressing,” she told reporters on the red carpet at the “Me Before You” premiere.
“I did data entry for a while. I actually got fired. I had the wheelie chair and we used to do Fast Food Friday, which used to leave me really hyper, so, I’d just wheel around the office,” she added.
2. Clarke turned down the lead role “Fifty Shades of Gray.”
Fans raved over Dakota Johnson’s interpretation of the lead character in “Fifty Shades of Gray,” however the job nearly went to Clarke.
Clarke had shared that she turned down the job of Anastasia Steele in the blockbuster film franchise during a meeting with Marie Claire as she conceded that she feared being pigeonholed because of the racy role.
“I really wanted to work with [“Fifty Shades” director] Sam Taylor-Johnson because she’s f—— amazing. But there is a huge amount of nudity in the film,” she told the publication.
“I’ll never say, ‘I’m never doing nudity’ because I’ve already done it, but I thought I might get stuck in a pigeonhole that I would have struggled to get out of.”
3. Emilia Clarke has performed on Broadway
Before Game Of Thrones became a worldwide phenomenon, Clarke made her Broadway debut in 2013 as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Shockingly, low ticket sales forced the production to shut down in a month.
4. She has suffered life-threatening aneurysms
When talking with The New Yorker, Clarke shared that not long after filming season one of “Game of Thrones,” she suffered numerous brain aneurysms.
She was only 24 years of age when she suffered the first brain aneurysm during an exercise session with her coach.
“I immediately felt as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain. I tried to ignore the pain and push through it, but I just couldn’t. I told my trainer I had to take a break,” she said in the interview.
“Somehow, almost crawling, I made it to the locker room. I reached the toilet, sank to my knees, and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill. Meanwhile, the pain — shooting, stabbing, constricting pain — was getting worse. At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged.”
5. Emilia wasn’t the original choice to play Daenerys Targaryen
It’s difficult to envision any other individual slipping into the shoes of Daenerys however that is actually what really happened. British actress Tamzin Merchant was initially selected for the role of Daenerys in Game Of Thrones.
Merchant even filmed the pilot for the HBO show, however, she was eventually replaced by Clarke before the pilot episode was reshot.
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