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Emilia Clarke Explained Why She Said Yes Before Reading The 'Last Christmas' Script

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By Lynne Versluys

1. Her 'Game Of Thrones' Follow Up

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After eight seasons of playing Danaerys Targaryen on Game Of Thrones, Emilia Clarke is looking forward to tackling new projects that show off her range. Her first major post-Thrones role is in the Christmas themed romantic comedy Last Christmas, co-written by Emma Thompson, directed by Paul Feig, and featuring the music of George Michael. Honestly, it's the stuff of romcom dreams.

2. A Dream Project

In a new interview with The Daily Telegraph, Clarke explained that she said yes to the project before she even read the script.

"It was pitched to me like, 'Emma Thompson has written a movie.' And I was like, 'I don’t even need to read it. Yes, I’m in, I’m 100 per cent in.' I think she is the greatest human and with the double combo of Paul Fieg directing, it was an absolute no-brainer. Worst-case scenario, we were at least going to have a wonderful time."

3. Her Favorite Filming Experience

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Not only was it a wonderful time, but Clarke calls the Last Christmas shoot the best of her career, and she attributes that mostly to Thompson.

"She’s just inherently got this maternal side to her; every individual person on set feels heard, seen, protected and loved. I can very confidently say it was my favorite filming experience I’ve ever had, and she was a massive part of that."

4. Real Life Influence To Her Performance

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Her Last Christmas character Kate is also dealing with the ramifications of a past life threatening illness. Clarke, who has suffered from two brain aneurysms, was able to pull from her own life experience and bring real nuance to the role.

"Absolutely. It was uncanny reading the script because it’s my life at this point. I have the benefit of having space between myself and my sickness and what you see through Kate is the fear of what happens when your body fails you in some way. That can push people in different reactions. I didn’t stop working so I didn’t give myself enough time to think it over.

It’s not one of those things that happens to you and you’re like, “I’m happy to be alive.” It’s the complete opposite of what happens. You spend a good few years of thinking, “I’m going to die.” You can feel incredibly scared about simple things and it’s the act of living that can, in any way, soften that."

This really sounds like the perfect project for Clarke and she's perfect for the role. Last Christmas hits theaters on November 8. Will you be catching this one during the holiday season?

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