Emilia Clarke Says She Doesn’t Get Recognised Without Her Dragons

The 'Game of Thrones' actress says that when she ditches her signature wig and doesn't have her dragons around, people don't notice her as much.

E milia says that even die-hard fans don’t notice her when she doesn’t have the signature blonde Khaleesi wig on. She specifically remembers that at the GQ Awards last year, no one recognised her until she went up to accept her award and then suddenly everyone realised who she is. She adds that people are much quicker to notice her other co-stars such as Kit Harington:

It’s odd. You know a diehard fan when they’re like ‘Kha-leeeee-siiiiii’ and they know who I am without the wig. But then it gets more amusing at award shows. Like, the GQ Awards last year, I walked in and I’m with my mate Lola and we’re having a great time and no-one’s talking to us and that’s chill … But then they gave me an award, so I did a little speech. And then I come off the stage and everyone’s like: ‘Oh my god, without all the dragons I didn’t recognise you!’ That was just a heightened version of what happens to me all the time. If I’m walking down the street with Kit [Harington] or Gwen [Gwendoline Christie] [her Game of Thrones co- stars] or anyone from the show, fans will be like: ‘Can you just take a picture of us please?’ And I’m like: ‘Sure I can.’”

Speaking on the importance of staying grounded, Emilia explains that everything happening in her life feels very joyful but she doesn’t allow herself to lose the feeling of remaining grounded and says that’s essential for her to keep it all in perspective so she doesn’t lose herself along the way:

“I tell you what, it just feels really joyful. I know that sounds like such a bloody L.A. thing to say, but it just feels so magical. But I can’t tell you how much I’m conscious of being grounded. And my friends and family are absolutely the first people to be like: ‘Oh, hey there, big boots.’ On a personal level I understand what it is to be unhappy or to not succeed, so my only goal in life throughout this career is to absolutely relish in the good moments. The bad ones could be just around the corner, so it’s so important to not ever get complacent. This is my life now, but [I think] enjoy everything that you’ve got because you have no idea what’s waiting around the corner. Hopefully that will maintain a healthy, positive but not egotistical outlook. It just feels lovely. It feels really nice.”

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