After catapulting to fame through HBO’s Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke has learned quite a bit about the industry and herself.
The actress recently spoke with The LA Times, where she shared her views on romance, body image in Hollywood, and more.
Here’s what she had to say:
On The Pressure to be Thin in Hollywood:
“I feel like so many women in this business don’t speak truthfully about what they put in their body. They’re, like, ‘I eat pizza all the time and I don’t work out!’ It’s, like, no. You’re a twig. You’ve got a [expletive] eating disorder and you’re not talking about it. And that’s annoying.”
“For me, I got to a point where I was, like, ‘Wait a second. I, Emilia, care more about the size of someone’s brain than the size of their ass. So why should I care if someone is looking at me and judging the size of my bum over my brain? If you work hard enough and you’re not a douchebag, people will hire you for your talent over the fact that you’re, like, super skinny.”
On The Idea of Fairytale Love:
“We’ve been brought up with these fairy stories and Disney being, like, ‘happily ever after,’ so we look for that magic when we’re adults. We look for it in yoga or, ‘If I hold this crystal, it’s going to make me feel better.’ We do that even in this modern day and age, where Netflix and chill is the only choice.”
On If She’s Netflixed and Chilled:
“Oh, honey, I can’t get on no internet [dating] site! I’m not going to be, like, ‘Daenerys is ready! Swipe right, people!’ Everything that I’m doing right now is because I feel like doing it. It’s pretty dope. I think that when you sit there waiting for someone or something, you’ll wake up and be, like, ‘Oh, I didn’t live a life’. If you just get out there and say yes to stuff, then even if you don’t get a boyfriend, you’ll get a friend or a great meal. Or bankloads of beards for your brain.”
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On Her Character in Me Before You:
“I just felt so much that someone had written me down — that a part of myself was written in a book. She wants to be happy. She’s got this innocence that I — after six [expletive] years in this industry — I’ve lost. What I’ve managed to go through within this industry has, I think, given me a maturity at a speed which I wouldn’t have normally had. I was forced to grow up and take responsibility for myself, because whatever mistakes you make? You can’t be putting nothing on no one. You have to be cool with the choices you’re making.”
Read more from Emilia’s interview here!
Emilia’s new movie Me Before You is in theatres today!
Image: Christina House / LA The Times