Don’t misunderstand: Emilia Clarke adores her role as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. But she’s also sick of hearing people talk about the show’s dragons and nudity instead of its rich story and complex characters.
“I’m starting to get really annoyed about this stuff now because people say, ‘Oh, yeah, all the porn sites went down when Game of Thrones came back on.’ I’m like, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale?’ I fucking love that show, and I cried when it ended because I couldn’t handle not seeing it. That is all sex and nudity. There are so many shows centered around this very true fact that people reproduce,” she tells Harper’s Bazaar, in which she is not only featured on the cover of the December/January edition but also the focus of a gorgeously photographed centerpiece story. “People fuck for pleasure—it’s part of life.”
It’s a very frank answer, but one that fans of Clarke are used to, given her direct way of answering interview questions and never shying away from colorful language. That refreshing style is on full display in the Bazaar article, in which she discusses everything from dating and finding true love to her frustration at finding herself when her career began.
As to the former, being one of the most well-known actors in the world doesn’t mean that love falls into Clarke’s lap. Relationships change as we get older, she says, and the romantic notion of finding “the one” is something on which her perspective has shifted as well.
“There is ‘the one’ for particular parts of your life … So when I was in my teens, there was ‘the one’ for my teens, for sure, and then, you know, there’s ‘the one’ for the next time of your life,” she says.
Clarke also talks about how her career itself has changed, transforming into the worldwide fame she enjoys as a strong female leader from a beginning in which she wasn’t sure she had the “right look” for roles she was interested in.
“It got me angry. Well, no, not angry. … But it pushed me into another casting type; forced me to be an actor,” she says. “Instead of … the light, airy stuff, I would be the granny who cracks wise, or a down-and-out hooker who has seen better days.”
The article is peppered with other interesting tidbits, ranging from her family history — she’s one-eighth Indian — to her love of Italian people. “People in Italy let you know how they feel,” she says. “I like that I don’t need to guess.” Obscenities are still sprinkled here and there, letting readers know for sure — as if they had any doubt — that this is authentic Clarke, regardless of the sumptuous, high-fashion shoots that accompany the article.
Read the full article here.