Emilia Clarke Talks About Daenerys And ‘Game Of Thrones’ Saving Her Life After Brain Injury: ‘It Was Life Or Death’

Emilia Clarke discusses all things “Game of Thrones” in a chat with Regina Hall for Variety‘s Actors on Actors interview.

Clarke has been open about suffering two brain aneurysms and she admits she owes her survival to her “GoT” character.

She shares, “Daenerys really saved my life because it puts you in quite the headspace when you’ve had a brain injury. Walking in her shoes, I just put so much more into each season because it really was life or death and I felt so powerfully like she was saving me it was like I couldn’t see anything else, I could only see her.”

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Clarke adds of “GoT” being her first role: “I was just so happy to be employed. I was so desperately unemployed. It really was my first job, I didn’t know what Hollywood was.”

“I knew that being in an HBO show was amazing but more than anything I knew that having a regular paycheck from something that wasn’t waiting tables was amazing.”

She also speaks about that explosive ending and leaving her dragons behind.

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Clarke continues, “I didn’t take anything from the set and I deeply regret it and I’m very annoyed and I’m really hoping that the showrunners will give me a dragon egg.

“Having it come to its final moment feels utterly surreal and completely bizarre and so much life has happened in the 10 years… At first it was an existential crisis. Who am I? Where are my dragons? It felt really deeply emotional. You saw everyone’s truthful fragility as it ended. When it did finally end, it broke everyone.”

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