Emilia Clarke spoke about suffering two life-threatening brain aneurysms during a candid interview with “CBS Sunday Morning”.
The 32-year-old first revealed her health struggles in a piece for The New Yorker, and she then opened up to Tracy Smith in a new interview broadcast Sunday.
Clarke suffered the first aneurysm in 2011 just after she finished filming the first series of “Game of Thrones”. She explained in the interview how the second aneurysm then caused part of her brain to die.
Clarke, who shared never-before-seen images taken after her surgery during the chat, shared, “They literally were looking at the brain and being like, ‘Well, we think it could be her concentration, it could be her peripheral vision’ [that was affected]. I always say it’s my taste in men.”
The star also said: “The first time it was difficult, with the second one I found it much harder to stay optimistic.
“[I coped with it like] a day to day thing. I definitely went through a period of being… down – putting it mildly.”
She admitted that going through such an experience has given her a brand new perspective on life, and definitely a new outlook on fame.
Clarke revealed, “The brain injury grounded me in a way that nothing else could.”
She added of how returning to work helped her get through it, “You go on the set, and you play a badass character, and you walk through fire, and you speak to hundreds of people, and you’re being asked to work as hard as you possibly can.”
“And that became the thing that just saved me from considering my own mortality, yeah.”