“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke is at a high point now in her career. Not only is the HBO fantasy series getting record-breaking ratings, but she’s also making her Broadway debut in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Clarke stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to promote both productions and also talk about being known as the Mother of Dragons.
Clarke is a brunette in real life, which is pretty far off from how she appears as Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones.” That doesn’t stop her from getting recognized when she’s out of costume, though.
“I was walking down the street, it was in London actually when this happened, and this guy came up to me and he was like, ‘Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, please please please can I have a photo,'” she recalled to Fallon. “I was like, ‘Yeah, of course, oh my god, definitely.’ So he takes his photo and then he was like, ‘So what’s your real name?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, it’s Emilia.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, stick with Khaleesi, it’s much better.'”
Clarke has the difficult task of acting opposite “Game of Thrones'” dragons, which she describes as getting “bigger and badder and better.” Fallon asked her about the difficulties in acting opposite nothing.
“I spent the whole time last night going, ‘Oh, come on, you could have done that better,'” she said of the premiere episode, “Valar Dohaeris.” “When you’re filming it, you kind of feel like an idiot.”
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.