How Emilia Clarke Protected Nathalie Emmanuel On Game Of Thrones Set
Game of Thrones had very strong female characters among its ranks. They included Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Olenna Redwyne, Margaery Tyrell, and many others. But, the actresses who played them on the HBO Original are just as strong in real life. And they looked after each other as well. We’re saying this as Nathalie Emmanuel recalls how Emilia Clarke protected her on Game of Thrones set from a male co-star.
Emilia Clarke stood up for Nathalie Emmanuel against male co-star
Nathalie Emmanuel joined Game of Thrones in the third season of the show. She played Missandei, the trusted translator and confidant of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen. However, just like the show, Clarke had Emmanuel’s back in real life too.
In an interview with Vogue, Emmanuel was singing praises for Emilia Clarke. She recalled one incident where Clarke protected her from the inappropriate comment of an unnamed male co-star on the show. She recalls an example from the show:
For Example – In my first season, my costume was pretty revealing, and there was an incident with an extra who made a comment about it on set – I mean, typical – and Emilia straightaway had my back. It got handled.
How women backed each other on Game of Thrones
Moreover, Emmanuel further mentions how well Emilia Clarke and her got along off the set. It may have to do with the show’s cast being male-dominated. Regardless, they shared a special bond and looked after each other. She said:
Emilia and I got on like a house on fire from the beginning. When I joined the cast, she had already been shooting Game of Thrones for a few years, and she was definitely ready to have some female energy around her. She and I always looked out for each other. If you’re the only girls on a male-dominated set, it bonds you in a certain way.
Even though we’re in the 21st century, it’s sad to see male actors still passing such remarks on their female co-stars. However, it’s great that stars like Emilia Clarke look after other women on and off the set. But, that does not absolve Game of Thrones of its blatant sexism when it came to writing. It robbed the show from a lot of amazing female characters, like the Sandsnakes. Moreover, it played a major role in the show’s overall deterioration with unnecessary intimate scenes. You can read her full interview here.
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