Emilia Clarke, the 28 year old Game of Thrones star, has been named by Esquire as the Sexiest Woman Alive and the world seems to agree. The English beauty rose to fame via her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO fantasy drama based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.
Everyone’s favorite Khaleesi is also dominating the big screen as she is not just the mother of Dragons but also John Connor in the latest Terminator movie.
In the Esquire cover story, Clarke shared how she landed the role of Daenerys. Turns out she wasn’t the first pick for the role. HBO had already shot the original pilot for the show but as fate would have it, no one on the team was happy with it, especially about the casting. The team started digging in the casting pile and the opportunity landed in Emilia’s lap. Her agent told the casting director, “I know that the breakdown for this character is tall and willowy and blonde. I know she’s short and round and brown, but I’d like you to see her.”
“I had two scenes which they told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R. R. Martin] books,” says Emilia. “So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’ed the living crap out of it” and the rest is history as they say.
The 6th season of Game of Thrones is expected to premiere in Spring 2016.