Game of Thrones has made stars out of a lot of newcomers, but Emilia Clarke definitely had the rockiest road to stardom. As you might know, the actress who played Daenerys Targaryen on the show, suffered from life-threatening brain aneurysms during the early days of the show. She has now revealed that she put herself under a lot of pressure trying to recover from the same. Read on!
Speaking to The Telegraph, Emilia discussed how it was to face the catastrophe as a young adult:
“Stroke is something you never expect to happen, especially not in your 20s and 30s, but it is remarkable how often it is happening to young people.
When you’re a young person experiencing it, the mental health aspects go unnoticed and that’s what I experienced, you need to be treated as a fully-rounded person and not just a list of symptoms.”
She continued to talk about how it affected her self-esteem, and that she put herself under pressure “to feel normal”, but that “brought on anxiety and fatigue”:
“That strain exhausted me more than anything, forcing myself to feel okay, if I can help a young person who was in the state I was in, I know they would be lifted and feel lighter in themselves.
The ability to feel open and vulnerable when you’re just making your mark, when you don’t want to seem vulnerable, is important.
My goal is that a young person can have somebody they can feel vulnerable and open with and that person can help and make them feel safe.”
Emilia is now fully recovered and fine and even has a charity to support brain aneurysm victims, called SameYou, which runs in partnership with The Royal College of Nursing Foundation so that others don’t suffer the same way.
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