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TV3 XPOSE Entertainment – Terminator Genisys director Alan Taylor says Emilia Clarke’s British training was one of the main reasons he cast her in the movie.
Emilia Clarke was cast in the new Terminator movie thanks to her British training. The Game of Thrones actress stars as John Connor’s mother in Terminator Genisys.
And the movie’s director Alan Taylor has opened up about just why he chose Emilia, 28, for the role. In fact, Alan says it was Emilia’s ability to take on the part without altering her behaviour in between takes that secured her the part.
“She’ll be in a scene sobbing and as soon as you say, ‘cut,’ she’ll turn back to the crew and finish the joke she was telling before she started,” Alan told The Hollywood Reporter. “She can step into and out of it in a way that some American actors can’t.”
Emilia stars alongside Jai Courtney and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming movie.
Prior to being cast in the new Terminator picture, Emilia was most famous for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, which she has starred in since 2011. But Emilia added in the interview that she had no idea the programme would become as successful as it did.
“Never in a million years did I think Game of Thrones was going to take off like it did,” Emilia said. “It’s taken me five years to catch up with it. I’m still not sure I’m there.”
Now Emilia is a household name, she has her pick of movie roles. In fact, she turned down the part of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. The part was eventually taken by Dakota Johnson.
However, Emilia insists she has “no regrets” about passing on the role. (source)
ACCESS HOLLYWOOD – At the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere in San Francisco, Emilia Clarke previews what fans we’ll see happen with Daenerys Targaryen and the dragons.
POPSUGAR – Who knew Emilia Clarke was so kinky? The actress who plays Daenerys revealed to us a list of people she’d like to see her character hook up with on Game of Thrones. The best part is that she wants them all to happen at the same time!
Photos from the Game of Thrones Season 5 Premiere held in San Francisco on Monday (March 23) have now been added to the gallery (sorry for the delay!). Thanks to Far Far Away for some of the HQs. Emilia looked beautiful in an Alexander McQueen black gown.
For some reason, Emilia Clarke best remembers the fruit plate.
It was 2010, and the actress was standing before Game of Thrones‘ casting director and several of the show’s producers. But all she could see was the produce. “There was a huge, incredible plateau of fruit,” Clarke, 28, recalls in her chirpy British accent. “I was like, ‘Wow, I’ve arrived. This is a serious audition.’ “
Just one year out of the famed Drama Centre London (other alums include Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy), the self-described “country girl” who grew up in Berkshire near Oxford University (where her father is a theater sound engineer and her mom a marketing exec) was struck by the extravagance. But Clarke was auditioning for the role of a queen, Daenerys Targaryen, potential heir to the Iron Throne. And HBO was willing to spend like a Lannister — $8 million for the pilot, $50 million to $60 million for the first season — in order to build the series. The snacks better be good.
Of course, in the five years since, Game of Thrones has become the most successful show in HBO history, surpassing even The Sopranos, with an average 18.4 million viewers an episode across all platforms. The series has grown so big, it’s being used as the cornerstone of HBO’s new business model; it’s no accident that HBO Now — a service that can bypass the cable companies and allows access to its programs via Apple TV for a monthly charge of $15 — is launching right before GOT’s fifth-season premiere April 12.
“Never in a million years did I think Game of Thrones was going to take off like it did,” says Clarke, settling into her chair at a Greenwich Village bistro with a cafe Americano (she lives in London but is in New York for the upcoming GOT publicity blitz). “It’s taken me five years to catch up with it. I’m still not sure I’m there.”
Oh, she’s there. Game of Thrones is a kingdom teeming with ambitious actors hungry for a big break. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau took his shot last spring in the Cameron Diaz rom-com The Other Woman. Kit Harington had his chance playing a gladiator in February 2014’s Pompeii. But Clarke is the only castmember who’ll be stepping onto the big screen with better billing than Arnold Schwarzenegger, starring as no less a film icon than “Sarah f—ing Connor” — as Clarke refers to her — in Terminator: Genisys, Paramount and Skydance’s $170 million reboot of the 31-year-old series (out July 1). She also was, presumably, the only GOT actor approached to play Dakota Johnson’s role in Fifty Shades of Grey (unless Peter Dinklage is hiding something), which she ended up turning down. “No regrets,” she says, sipping her coffee.
Emilia is featured in the latest issue (April 03-10) of The Hollywood Reporter, with a beautiful new photoshoot. The issue cover and some outtakes have been added to the gallery, be sure to check them! I’ll add the scans as soon as possible!