Revealed: How Emilia Clarke got her 'Game of Thrones' role
Emilia Clarke plays the mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, on popular HBO show 'Game of Thrones'. While her character is a fierce proponent of freedom and woman empowerment, Emilia, in reality, is reportedly a fun person. Show-makers David Benioff and DB Weiss recently revealed how she got the role. It appears that she had to resort to some silliness. Here are the details.
A trip down the memory lane
While presenting Emilia with the Britannia Awards for British Artist of the Year, Benioff and Weiss recollected her audition. Despite showing executives the pilot, she had to audition for HBO's President. The audition took place at HBO's corporate theater, a large, dimly lit place that was empty except for them and the President. The President's unsmiling demeanor made the audition environment 'least inviting'.
The dance of the dragons
Emilia was unfazed by the serious audition environment and when the President remained sombre, she asked him if she could do something to lighten the mood. When she was asked to dance, she did not skip a beat and immediately did robot dance. The impromptu and sporting nature won the President's smile and approval. Emilia got the part '10 seconds' later.
No good deed goes unrewarded
Benioff and Weiss were taken in by Emilia's sporting nature and perhaps her dance as well. As soon as she got the job, they rushed after her to give her the good news as they did not want her to take an 11-hour flight back home, not knowing if she got the part. Emilia remains appreciative of the two, thanking them for hiring her.
A chance from a few brave men
About getting chosen to play Daenerys on 'Game of Thrones', Emilia said, "They deserve their own bravery award for hiring someone whose biggest job up until then was catering parties dressed as a Snow White".