Emilia Clarke on wearing the Daenerys wig for eight years in Game of Thrones, the pains of filming with dragons, and more

Daenerys Beyond the Wall

Vogue Paris spoke to Emilia Clarke, mainly about representing Dolce & Gabanna alongside her Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington, but also about her dragon-riding workout routine, her method for being comfortable in front of the camera, and what wearing the Daenerys wig for so long has meant for her personally.

At first, Clarke jokes that she does yoga “to be able to climb easily on the back of the dragons”, though in reality it’s mostly to deal with a body “left sore by fatigue” after an entire day of riding the green buck that will become Drogon in post-production. “When I started doing sports,” the actress continues, “I tried every possible exercise and diet. But I quickly realized that no method or coach could find the solution to a perfectly balanced physique — you have to do it yourself. Today, all those who engage me, engage me with my body as it is. I do not want to change it for anyone other than me.”

“Breathe,” Clarke replies simply when asked about acting tricks. “You too often hold your breath in life when you are tense or frightened, excited or under pressure. When we do not breathe calmly, we are not in the present moment, and I learned that this was the only way to be comfortable in front of the camera lens.” Is there more to it than that? Of course: “Imagining the other person in the toilet can also help bring some malice into the eyes. A dragon in the toilet?! You can’t help but burst out laughing!”

As for the famous Targaryen wig, Clarke highlights “wearing Daenerys’ blonde platinum wig for the very first time” as “a truly memorable recollection.” As she puts it, “8 years later, I’m still so excited to wear it.” And so are we! For a final time, alas, in season eight.

You can read the whole interview here, where she goes into how it was to film the Dolce & Gabanna advertisement campaign in Naples, her daily beauty routines, and more.

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    1. As for the famous Targaryen wig, Clarke highlights “wearing Daenerys’ blonde platinum wig for the very first time” as “a truly memorable recollection.” As she puts it, “8 years later, I’m still so excited to wear it.” And so are we! For a final time, alas, in season eight.

      This is cool to hear. Most of the time you hear actors talk about the downside of wearing this or that, i.e. it smells, it was itchy, the costume was so hot. She seems to see the wig as a transformation for her, which it is of course as it turns her into one of the most recognizable characters/people in the world. There are probably people that would actually bend the knee in real life if she walked around in character and asked them to. Who am I kidding? That’s a sure thing.

      I think Emilia may enjoy being a part of the show more than anyone else. Of course she always appears so happy and bubbly about everything so…

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    2. I am amazed and surprised at how a wig blonde makes Daenerys look so different from Emilia Clarke…

      Daenerys is as hell bent to sit on the Iron Throne as Stanis Baratheon was. I hope Daenerys is smarter than Stanis Baratheon.

      Emilia’s acting in season 5 is her best IMHO.

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    3. Clob,

      She’s lucky: Without the wig she can go out in public incognito. Not many people recognize her without it. Those who do see a beautiful, smiling woman emanating sunshine, and realize “I’ve seen that face before.”

      P.S. Loved her in the D&G commercial.

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    4. She´s right breath is very important, to me is very difficult to do it in the moments before facing a difficult situation more than the situation itself hahaha

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    5. firstone,

      I think if Danaerys could have a child she would still want the iron throne because she feels like it’s her heritage in particular but it wouldn’t be such a major focus as it is…..Emillia seems like one of the most down to earth stars you ever want to meet!

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    6. Clob,

      You’re right! With the dyed blonde hair she’s going to be recognized in public now.

      BTW: I loved Emilia’s caption under the selfie of her new dyed blonde hairdo:

      “The experiment continues. My IQ has stayed around average and my need to be near fire breathing creatures and uncomfortable seats made of iron has trebled.”

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