How Emilia Clarke of "Game of Thrones" Found Her Character’s Strength in This Strong Woman

In an interview with TheWrap, Emilia Clarke of "Game of Thrones" revealed where she found inspiration for her popular character's strength.

Clarke portrays Daenarys Targarygen, more commonly known as Khaleesi, on HBO's "Game of Thrones."

When she auditioned for the role, she found herself very different from Khaleesi, who she says is "tall and willowy and blonde," when in reality she was "short, round and brown."

When Clarke got the role, she sought her character’s inspiration through other "strong women."

"Cate Blanchett in 'Elizabeth' was something she watched a lot in preparation for season one. And the fact that it's rooted in reality, to know I was able to replica a real, strong female leader."

Clarke says she was raised by a strong mother, who taught her that there was no difference between men and women, according to TIME.

"I can see the cracks, and it’s surprising and shocking and saddening that that is the case, that women are perceived differently, that people perceive there is a difference in how men and women should be treated, just simply in the way that it is," said Clarke.

"Being associated with that kind of allows you the space to fill a certain strength. Being able to play this strong girl, you can kind of take notes and see how I can apply that to my own life."

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