Hollywood actress Emilia Clarke has opened up about her time on the hit HBO series Game Of Thrones in a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph, where she claimed Daenerys Targaryen taught her some things.

“She taught me about lady balls,” Emilia put it bluntly in the interview in Stellar Magazine.

Throughout the interview, Emilia discussed the final season of the show, her relationship with her character and her plans for after Game Of Thrones, where she claimed that she “cant be a crazy woman demanding dragons forever.”

“She taught me what it feels like to be in a room and be heard. She wielded such power, calmness and such poise.”

When discussing the lessons she’s learned from playing the strong character that is Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia said that lots of her traits rubbed off on her after eight seasons of filming.

“In Season 3, she had to start busting some balls, and as a 25-year-old standing in front of 500 extras, 150 crew members, six cameras, a drone, dragons and fire, I had to bring it,” Emilia, now 32, said. “I felt like if I can do that, then the red carpet doesn’t feel so scary to me at all. So there’s a certain kind of self-belief that rubs off on you as a person.”

Since the final episode of the beloved HBO series aired in May of this year, we’ve all been keeping a close eye on Emilia Clarke, ready to fall in love with whatever project she throws herself into next. But I have to admit, I was a little surprised when it turned out to be a Christmas movie. I’m not mad, Christmas movies are incredible. Just a little confused.

But by the sounds of it, Emilia is just doing whatever the hell she wants, and maybe she just really likes Christmas.

“I don’t feel pressure to follow up the show because it’s unfollowable,” Emilia said when asked about her future roles.

Her latest role, Last Christmas, is obviously a huge shift from the sword-wielding, dragon-fighting world that is Game of Thrones, but the actress said she was “100 per cent in” as soon as she found out Emma Thompson was behind the story.

The good news is, her latest film Last Christmas hits cinemas on November 8, which is really soon. If you need me, I’ll be eating Christmas cookies at my local movie theatre and crying about how much I love Emilia Clarke.

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