Fans rarely recognize Emilia Clarke as her famous character on ‘Game of Thrones’ without her wig, something Clarke says that she is both happy and unhappy with. As a newly minted member of the A-list television crowd, it gives Clarke the benefit of not being mobbed by fans and autograph-seekers wherever she goes, but it also means that she’s not immediately recognized when meeting industry players at fancy Hollywood parties.
In a new issue of GQ Magazine, Clarke explains, “I'm so immediately unrecognizable. It takes a die-hard fan to actually spot me. These HBO events, where I'll be talking to someone for a fair amount of time, and then suddenly they're like, Oh shit! That's what you do!—they think I'm some crazy Brit who snuck her way into a Hollywood party."
She also adds that it’s tempting to stay in character as Daenerys Targaryen, saying, “I keep asking to go out with the wig at night, but they insist there's no way. They won't let me go partying with it on! I would be killed on the spot. It's silly to say, but when I take the wig off at the end of the day, I'm rather disappointed when I look in the mirror."
Although Clarke may not be recognized right now without her Game of Thrones hair and make-up, she is up for some major roles in Hollywood and will break into the public mainstream soon enough. Clarke’s acting abilities have been praised by critics and fans, many of whom cite Dany [a.k.a Khaleesi] as their favorite character on the hit HBO Show. She's also managed to become one of the biggest break-out stars from Game of Thrones, especially as this her first major role in Hollywood.