July 24, 2021

Emilia Clarke talks about how she dealt with illness while filming ‘Game of Thrones’

Emilia Clarke I fought for several years with her disease. The actress confessed a few months ago that she had suffered two aneurysms while filming Game of Thrones in a personal letter published in the magazine New Yorker that went viral during the last blows of the fantasy series pica de HBO. Clarke, who had kept her health problems hidden, has now confirmed that, while playing Daenerys Targaryen He gets a really bad time on the set.

A disease that became a silent traveling companion

According to Clarke, the first aneurysm struck him just as filming ended on the first season of Game of Thrones on 2011, when he was barely 24 years old. A few years later, he suffered the second. It was in 2013, while representing Breakfast with diamonds in a theater of Broadway, when a brain scan took her to the emergency room. It was a dark time, in which the interpreter had to keep his delicate health a secret. The reasons are various. On the one hand, his private life has always been kept out of his public fame, and on the other, was afraid of condemning the series that had bet on her to failure. In the book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, A compilation of testimonies and interviews in which several leaders of the saga explain and comment on various aspects of the conception and filming of Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke reveals how she managed to hide the disease, living with its consequences. And all this while the press and fans began to generate great pressure and anxiety.

“At that time I felt like an elastic band was squeezing my brain. I went to the bathroom, fell to my knees and began to vomit violently and voluminously while the pain got worse, “he confessed in the 2019 article. “During the ride to the hospital, I constantly repeated my lines of dialogue like Daenerys to calm myself down”, he adds about his first ailment. In all that time, no one in the Game of Thrones production knew what had happened. Bryan Cogman, co-executive producer and responsible for some of the best scripts in the series, was unaware of Emilia’s situation. “Very few people knew what had happened. I had no idea, “she admits. Pain and fear were a constant in Emilia’s life during those years. Playing Daenerys de la Tormenta was a physical and mental challenge for her, even more so in a series that was gathering millions of viewers around the planet.


“It was very intense. We were in the desert, it was hot, and I was constantly afraid that I was going to get another brain hemorrhage.: I’m going to die? Will it happen to me on set? That would be very inappropriate. And every brain injury leaves you with tremendous, indescribable fatigue. I tried by all means not to be noticed“, he comments in the book (collected by the magazine Vulture). Emilia Clarke dealt with that constant anxiety for weeks. “I think that If I had told my doctor, he would have told me that I needed to stop and relax.. But I just felt afraid, and that made me go even more into a state of panic, which led me constantly to think that I was going to pass out in the desert. So they brought me an air-conditioned cart (sorry for the planet), “admits the actress. Terminator Genisys He considered that his health should be behind the production because he had a duty and a commitment.

“I was constantly afraid that I was going to get another brain hemorrhage; I thought I would die on the set”

“For all my years on the show, I never put my own health first, which probably made the rest of the people worry upon realizing it. They didn’t want me to work too hard. I did not want them to think that I was a failure, that I could not do the job for which they had hired me “, concludes an actress, who after so many years in the character, confirms that it was, is and will be the role of her life.

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