Emilia Clarke has made a huge name for herself as the Mother of Dragons in hit TV series Game of Thrones, but she sounds relieved that she hasn't really had to deal with the pitfalls of fame since the debut of her HBO fantasy.
"I'm really oblivious to it, because I look so different," said Emilia, whose natural brunette hair color makes her look quite dissimilar from her character, the white-haired, royal exile Daenerys Targaryen. Still, people do occasionally recognize her: A woman in a department store in Los Angeles was too stunned to get in the elevator when she saw that Emilia was in it. "Khaleesi?" the fan asked.
"And then the doors closed, and the lift kept going up," Emilia said with a laugh. "Stuff like that happens, and there's also, 'You kind of look like that girl from "Game of Thrones."'"
Given that she prefers a low-key lifestyle, it's perhaps good that the film role she just finished also has the actress wearing things that make it unlikely that fans will recognize her. In "Spike Island," Emilia plays one of a group of early '90s Stone Roses fans, and wears baggy overalls and that era's puffy, fluffy hair.
She's a huge fan of the band, but as she noted, "The '90s were really just bad for fashion and hair." The movie, which doesn't have a release date yet, just wrapped a couple of weeks ago, and at the end of 2011 Emilia finished filming her "Game of Thrones" scenes, which were mostly shot in Croatia. Once again, she typically worked far away from the rest of the cast. This season, Dany is across the Narrow Sea, trying to keep her Khalasar (her Dothraki tribe) alive and ultimately trying to get back to Westeros, the land that the Targaryens used to rule.
Back in the real world, the London-based actress sees the rest of the cast whenever she can. "All of the boys, I see regularly because we're all in London together, so that's really nice," she said. "A special bond was made with the whole of the cast from the beginning, when we were all a bit more together, and I don't think that's really going to go away."