Emilia Clarke worried she would be kicked out of Game of Thrones after suffering a brain aneurysm
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Emilia Clarke worried she would be kicked out of Game of Thrones after suffering a brain aneurysm

Posted: 17:30 PDT, June 10, 2024

Emily Clarke she claims that she feared not only for her life, but also for her job Game of Thrones after brain aneurysms in 2011 and 2013.

The 37-year-old actress recently sat down with A big problem to talk about her career and health, and revealed that while playing Daenerys Targaryen on the critically acclaimed series, she feared she might be fired due to health issues.

“When you have a brain injury, because it changes your self-esteem to such a dramatic degree, all the uncertainty you have going into work quadruples overnight,” Clarke told the outlet, discussing the hemorrhages that occur between seasons.

She continued: “The first fear we all had was, ‘Oh my God, am I going to get fired? Will I be fired because they think I can’t do the job?’”

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s Game of ThronesHBO

The actress, who played the “Mother of Dragons” from 2011 to 2019, when the series ended, said that when she suffered aneurysms between seasons, she struggled to recover quickly and returned to work just a few weeks after the first hemorrhage.

Despite living in constant fear that she would die from another brain injury and dealing with the enormous stress and pressure of the series on her shoulders – Clarke was one of the few highest-paid cast members – she decided to continue filming.

“Well, if I’m going to die, I better die on live TV,” she shared of her attitude while recovering on set HE GET. She said that for a goal-oriented artist, having something to come back to is extremely important.

Already in 2022 Secret invasion with whom the actress talked BBC Sunday Morning and revealed that she considers it a miracle to be able to walk and talk the person she is two significant parts of the brain are missing after undergoing procedures for brain aneurysms.

“It was the most excruciating pain,” Clarke said, adding that it was “extremely helpful to have Game of Thrones grab me and give me that goal.”

Emilia Clarke at the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere in 2016Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

ET last spoke to Clarke in 2023 during the film’s premiere Secret invasion AND she described life in detail — and jobs — after-Game of Thrones, including her role in the Disney+ series based on Marvel comics. She joked that as someone who had to constantly turn green on the show as a Skrull – a shape-shifting alien race – she missed the days of more natural makeup on her HBO show.

“It’s a lot,” Clarke said of the makeup and costumes Secret invasion and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “It’s intense, really intense, so I prefer human makeup because there wasn’t a lot of it on this show.”