Generally, the entertainers behind notable characters in TV and movie have a panic of being typecast — but not Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. The 33-year-old actress recently disclosed about her life after playing Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO series for nearly a decade.
When talking with NPR on Nov. 3, Clarke revealed about her life post-Game of Thrones in addition to her leading character as Kate on Last Christmas, a holiday romantic comedy, opposite Henry Golding. And Clarke even compared her new character with her Game Of Thrones alter ego. “[Kate’s] not the mother of dragons,” she said. “She’s got mother-of-dragon tendencies.”
Obviously, Clarke’s announcement reflects the many fans who are wondering what the actress will work on after depicting a much-loved Game of Thrones character for 10 years. Will she pick up similar roles or have the option to get away from the Daenerys’ picture in the next chapter of her acting career? However, it seems Clarke isn’t too anxious about being typecast.
“I’ve had the good fortune of being in this incredible show with this incredible character. And my goodness, if I were to get stereotyped as the mother of dragons, I could ask for worse,” Clarke said. “It’s really quite wonderful.”
That said, Clarke still wants to accomplish so much more with her career moving forward. And after working on Game Of Thrones, the actress wishes to look into deeper into the entertainment scenery through writing and producing. She told NPR:
“What it’s left me with — after 10 years of seeing that, and being a part of that, and of doing quite big movies in my hiatuses and all of those things — is a yearning for a different sort of creative ownership.
So I started my production company about three years ago — very, very quietly because I didn’t want it to go wrong and have it be public knowledge — and now I’ve got six or seven things on my slate that I’m writing and producing.”
Clarke then shared her experience on Game of Thrones has taught her to take her time when selecting roles.
“The landscape has changed for young actresses and actors for the sort of roles that are out there. I struggle to find them, because the thing that I’ve learned from being on 10 years in the show is that the biggest luxury in life is time and space,” she explained.
“So I wanted to take those two things, which I have very luckily been able to have now, and really consider what my next option is. Because I care about what I’m doing with my time.”
Clarke’s sentiments on NPR comes days after talking with IndieWire, where the actress reveals revealed her forthcoming career plans. And it looks like she’s going to start dedicating her time to one most important project moving forward.
“For 10 years, I was either on Game of Thrones or I was doing a different movie, and if I wasn’t doing a different movie, I was promoting a different movie or I was promoting Game of Thrones,” Clarke told the publication.
“Now I just want to be able to do a project and to put all of my energy just into that, as opposed to trying to make myself into seven different people to do seven different kind of things at once.”
Obviously, this leaves the actor’s career path pretty open-ended. But even so, Clarke has made it copiously apparent that a significant franchise — like Game of Thrones or Star Wars — is not in her future. When IndieWire inquired if she saw a franchise movie or series anytime in her immediate future, Clarke noted, “Not anytime soon.”
However, she did disclose what she wants to do next. “I’m really actively looking for indies,” Clarke said. “Those are the things I’m making, as well. And those are the movies I watch.”
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