Emilia Clarke is gearing up for the new season of 'Game of Thrones' this month and you can also catch her on the May 2016 cover of Glamour magazine. On the cover which was shot by Steven Pan, Emilia is wearing a GUCCI SPRING 2016 dress. In the issue, she talks about the rape scene in the Game of Thrones, if acting can be taught, on her job before acting and so much more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview. For more on Emilia's feature, visit Glamour.com and pick up a copy on newsstand.
'I was the drama kid. I wanted to be in the popular crowd, desperately, and I never was. I was hanging on to their coattails like, 'Be my friend!'
On if acting can be taught:
'They taught me to invest myself, feel vulnerable, commit to a character. But it was an uphill struggle. I never got cast as Juliet. There were some rarefied beauties my year; they were blond, knew Shakespeare, had all the right things. With me, they’d be like, “Can you play the Jewish grandmother? 'Uh-huh! Sure!'
On a lot of women watching the Game of Thrones:
'I love that so many women watch the show. If you look at Game of Thrones on face value—blood, tits, dragons, swearwords—you’re like, Oh, this must be for guys. But if you take that away, the story lines are fascinating depictions of the struggle for power. And women are in on that conversation!'
On her GoT character 'Khaleesi being raped:
'Yes. Well, Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s arranged marriage, and the customary rape that followed—ask George R.R. Martin why he did that, ’cause that’s on him. But I thought the consensual sex she has thereafter was genius. She is physically saying, 'You can’t rape me again. I’m going to be in control and show you something you’ve never seen before.' At the heart of it, we’re telling a story; you need that part of the story to feel empathy for Daenerys. You see her attacked by her brother, raped by her husband, and then going, 'F--k all of you, I’m gonna rule the world.' That’s where we are now.'