Emilia Clarke has admitted that “Game Of Thrones” was her first “proper job”, as she was straight out of acting school when she made the cut to play Daenarys Targaryen on the hit HBO series; however, that doesn’t mean the star–who is set to play Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genesis next year–isn’t fully equipped to play a complex character, and recently she spilled a few secrets about her time on the show and what it’s like to play not one, but two strong female roles.
“This is my first proper job, so I’ve been growing with her, which is the exciting part. Man, she’s got more strength than I have, that’s for sure. Getting to be with her throughout this growth process is so exciting as an actor. While she’s pushing herself, I get to push myself and my acting every season,” she said.
As far as tackling the role of such a strong figure, Clarke says she drew inspiration from films for the character of Daenerys.
“With every season she gets more and more complicated, but fundamentally she is a leader and a survivor, and the beautiful difference between Daenerys and the rest of the cast is her ultimate goal is pure. Her ultimate goal is entirely selfless. It feels much more of a bigger idea than simply I want to sit on the throne because I want to sit on the throne. She would like to rule and create an equal world. With that, every season, there are more and more similarities to be found between Daenerys and politics, Daenerys and the pitfalls of being a leader. There’s so many sources to turn to for that. Then you add that she’s a woman, then you add that she looks like 12 years old, it ends up being a number of different things that I like to draw from. Season 2 I remember I watched “Lawrence of Arabia” a couple of times. “Elizabeth” is something I’ve looked to a lot for a strong female leader.”
Clarke promises a lot more drama in season 4 and says the upcoming stories are the darkest yet told in the series, which is saying a lot for the bloody and sometimes heartbreaking show.
“I think the dark places that we go to in Season 4 are unlike any other season so far. It’s on so many levels. It’s not just blood, it’s bigger than that. Both the characters and hopefully the audience are so invested in the plots and the characters at this stage that the revelations you’ll see really just take it up a notch and somewhere even darker,” she said.
Clarke says we can expect a hard-edged version of Sarah Connor in the upcoming Terminator film, which is due out next year.
“They can expect a bad-ass. There are differences that I believe will surprise and hopefully excite fans and people who aren’t so familiar.”
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