Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is crowned this year's "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire magazine, and she has the sexy photoshoot to prove it. The 28-year-old British actress ditches her clothes for a few of the stunning shots, looking confident in the steamy pics.
Clarke talks about her upbringing in the candid interview, including the fact that she wasn't exactly encouraged to aim high as a kid.
"They didn't want me to go to boarding school," she says. "I wanted to. My brother was already going [he's two years older], and I fancied his friends."
So did she end up going out with them?
"Of course," she deadpans.
Not surprisingly, she wasn't encouraged to pursue acting.
"[My father] was crew, not cast; there's a big divide… He wanted me to be very realistic about the whole thing, about how nobody makes any money," she recalls. "The only line you'll ever need to learn, he told me, is 'Do you want fries with that?'"
Obviously, Clarke has succeeded beyond all expectations. Though her Game of Thrones character, Daenerys Targaryen, is a clear fan favorite, she reveals that she was definitely not what the casting director wanted at the time.
"My agent told the casting director, 'I know that the breakdown for this character is tall and willowy and blonde. I know she's short and round and brown, but I'd like you to see her,'" she shares. "I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R. R. Martin] books. So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia'd the living crap out of it."
"Once, I had to take a little time out," she shares, acknowledging that at 23 years old, it was hard for her to expose her body, and that she suffered alongside her character. "I said I needed a cup of tea, had a bit of a cry, and was ready for the next scene."