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Yes, Emilia Clarke is sexy and topless for the cover of Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” issue. “Half pal, half dominatrix. Half kid sister, half sexy queen. The movie star who plays, in her real life, an anonymous, funny beauty,” writer Benjamin Markovits says about the Game of Thrones actress. “This is the gorgeous balance of Emilia Clarke.” And well I believe him.
Clarke explains how she got the role in GOT.
“And then my agent calls me up and says, ‘Did you ever go up for Game of Thrones?’ ” The original pilot for the show had already been shot but nobody was happy with it, so HBO was digging back into the casting pile to try and save it. This is where Emilia came in. “My agent told the casting director, ‘I know that the breakdown for this character is tall and willowy and blonde. I know she’s short and round and brown, but I’d like you to see her.’ ”
“I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R. R. Martin] books,” says Emilia. “So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’d the living crap out of it.”
“Do you have a sense now of what they wanted?”
“Yeah … someone who could grow before your eyes in one season, who could gather strength and show vulnerability, they wanted the arc…”
And then the show itself took off—and Emilia had one of the few characters who couldn’t be killed. She is the Mother of Dragons, after all.
Photos from Esquire