Emilia Clarke is one of the most versatile actors that Hollywood is blessed with. Given her acting history, she has shown how she can ace action, romance, comedy, and even drama for that matter. As she turns 34 today, here’s unveiling some surprising facts about her:
#1: Emilia Clarke wasn’t always the first choice for Daenerys Targaryen
Yup, this comes as a shock, doesn’t it?
Game Of Thrones has an unaired pilot episode where Tamzin Merchant plays the role of the Dragon Queen. The makers weren’t very happy with how the episode had come out and hence they scrapped 90% of it, only to reshoot with a new cast for Daenerys Targaryen. Commenting about her initial scenes for the show, Emilia Clarke said, “I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R. R. Martin] books, So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’d the living crap out of it!”
#2: A wholesome talent box!
Apart from being a flawless actress, Emilia Clarke is also a gifted singer. She has a strong voice and can professionally pull off many genres and forms including jazz, cabaret, ballads, and blues. On top of it, she also knows how to play the guitar, flute, and piano. We told you, multi-talented, indeed!
#3: Her journey to the big screen was a rather bumpy ride
Emilia Clarke was excited about the idea of Hollywood right from childhood. She knew that this is where she wanted to be and hustled her way to get there. But before she made it big, she had to work odd jobs for sustenance including bartending, serving, answering call center calls, and selling properties as a real estate agent.
Bonus fact: She had singing, architecture, and designing in mind as alternative career options.
#4: She almost became the lead for ‘Fifty Shades Of Grade’
..until she turned it down!
Emilia Clarke has always been a big fan of Sam Taylor Johnson, the director of the Fifty Shades movie series. She was in fact even being considered for the role of Anastasia Steele, the film’s lead but Clarke had to turn it down with a heavy heart since she wasn’t comfortable with a few scenes from the movie.
#5: Can you guess how much Emilia Clarke was paid for Game Of Thrones?
When you play a character that the whole world adores, it surely will end up paying a lot. Emilia Clarke took close to $2 million for every episode of GOT.
Happy Birthday, Emilia Clarke! Here’s wishing you loads of love and luck!