Emilia Clarke reveals fan asked for a selfie while she was having a panic attack
Love or hate its ending, Game of Thrones was a phenomenon, and it made the careers of a number of actors, including Emilia Clarke.
However, as the actress recently revealed, there is a downside to being the Mother of Dragons.
Clarke played the famous role for almost a decade, and as a result, she’s one of the most instantly recognizable faces on the planet. However, as is the case in all celebrity interactions with Average Joes, we should remember at all times that they are people too (albeit richer and more famous than most us are ever likely to be).
This is what Clarke had to say about one of Game of Thrones' most epic battles:
On an episode of Jessie Ware's Table Manners podcast, Emilia, 33, said: "I was genuinely walking through an airport and I suddenly started having what I can only believe to be a panic attack brought on by complete exhaustion."
"I was on my own, I was on the phone to my mom saying, 'I feel like I can’t breathe, I don't know what’s going on'. I'm there and the tears are coming out. I'm crying and crying, this guy's like, 'Can I get a selfie?' And I was like, 'I can't breathe, I'm really sorry. Just having a minute."
"It was after a few moments like that where I was like, 'I don't know how to do this'."
Needless to say, the incident has had a lasting effect on how Emilia interacts with her fans.
"So I started to say, I'm not going to take a photo but I will sign something," she continued. "When you do that you have to have an interaction with that person, as opposed to someone just going, 'Oi, give us a selfie, goodbye'.
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"It turns into, 'Right, what's your name? Who am I making it out to? Then you have a chat and you’re actually having a truthful human-to-human thing, as opposed to it being this other thing that probably isn’t nice for them and isn’t that nice for you."
"When someone asks for a selfie, I want to be able to provide for them what they're after."