Emilia Clarke on being a woman in showbiz Image: AFP
She is gearing up for an epic battle in her small screen fantasy trailblazer Game of Thrones, which premieres its newest season next month. But IRL too, GoT's Daenerys 'Stormborn' Targaryen, aka Emilia Clarke, has to fight quite a few battles of her own. The Brit actor recently came clean about what it is really like being a woman in showbiz. And what she has to say isn't pretty.
"I feel so naive for saying it, but it's like dealing with racism. You're aware of it, and you're aware of it, but one day, you go, 'Oh, my God, it's everywhere!'" the 30-year-old actor told Rolling Stones recently. Emilia famously plays the role of Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen in the massively successful HBO fantasy Game of Thrones. Her character on the show is one of the most remarkable female characters on the small screen right now. And even though she has inspired millions, Emilia's showbiz sojourn hasn't been all smooth.
"It's like you suddenly wake up to it and you go, "Wait a f--king second, are you . . . treating me different because I’ve got a pair of t**s? Is that actually happening?" said Emilia, who is also set to feature in the untitled Han Solo film, of the Star Wars franchise. "Yes, I’ve got mascara on, and I also have a high IQ, so those two things can be one and the same," said the actor who was also voted Esquire Magazine's Sexiest Woman of the Year in 2015.
Emilia said that in the future, she'd like to open a production company with "nice, funny women". "It would be like 'Yeah, I’ve got a pair of t**s, and aren’t they lovely? Aren’t they great? You do too! They’re great, you’re in the club,'" she added. Emilia also spoke out about how significant her GoT role is. "Women have been great rulers. And then for that to be a character that I'm known to play? That's so f--king lucky," said the actor, who plays one of the most predominant monarchs in GoT.
"Anyone who seems to think that it's not needed only need to look at the political environment we're all living in to be like, 'Oh, no, it's needed. It is needed,'" she added.
Game of Thrones Season 7 is set to premiere on July 16.