A lot of guys, and some girls too, would agree that Emilia Clarke is a pretty stunning woman, which is why the actress, better known to millions of fans as Game of Thrones‘ dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen, is sometimes called upon to “bare it all” on the show. Of course, taking all your clothes off in front of the camera can be nerve-racking for even the most confident of actresses, but in a new interview Clarke says that there is one thing more disconcerting to her that being in her all-together in front of a film crew.
When the subject of her TV nudity came up while talking to the Canadian edition of Flare, Clarke said that it wasn’t shooting in her birthday suit that made her nervous, but meeting a particular audience full-clothed. “The aftermath was the thing that was harder to deal with,” she said. “Going in to do my first press junket, that’s a hell of a lot scarier than being naked up on TV!”
It turns out that Clarke was right to be worried about performing in front of a live audience, she recounted a somewhat embarrassing tale about a key audition in the last phase of Thrones casting. “I get there, and I’m all dressed up to the nines, wearing a nice outfit with heels,” she recalled. “I walk into an auditorium that’s got 50 people from HBO. I’m nervous like you wouldn’t believe. I had a Diet Coke right before I walked in, so I was buzzing. I said hello to each of the 50 people individually and walked down the steps, then fell over walking down.”
And that’s your powerful, dragon lady talking, who apparently tripped over her own feet during the most important audition of her career. As for the upcoming fourth season of that show, Clarke is very excited about Daenerys’ story line, but apparently, so is every other Thrones actor about their own story lines in the new season. “The whole of season four is dark and really emotional,” she said. “If you asked any of the actors about this season, they’d say, ‘Oh no, my character’s got the best arc.'”
I guess we’ll find out for sure on April 6, when Game of Thrones premieres on HBO.