Actress Nathalie Emmanuel says that Emilia Clarke helped after a “Game of Thrones” co-star made an inappropriate comment about her “revealing” costume.
Emmanuel, who joined the cast in Season 3 as an all for Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen, says the two quickly became friends and always “looked out for each other”.
One time in particular Emmanuel discusses is when an unnamed male actor on the show made a comment about Emmanuel’s outfit.
Emmanuel told Vogue: “In my first season, my costume was pretty revealing, and there was an incident with a supporting actor who made a comment about it on set – I mean, typical – and Emilia straightaway had my back. It got handled.”
She said the experience of being one of very few women on a set of men “bonds you in a certain way.”
Emmanuel also talked about the backlash to the death of her character in the final season. Many fans criticized the showrunners for their decision of how the show ended. In fact, filmmaker Ava DuVernay tweeted, “So… the one and only sister on the whole epic, years-long series? That’s what you wanna do? Okay.”
Emmanuel says the experience, “caused me to reflect a lot more – about race and diversity more generally,’ she said.
“At the end of the day, if there’s ever a show on the level of Game of Thrones again, representation has to be part of the conversation from the beginning. That way, there’s no single person who has to represent every other person of color.
Actress Nathalie Emmanuel previously revealed she nearly quit acting before landing a role on “Game of Thrones“.
While it is difficult to imagine anyone else playing Nathalie Emmanuel’s Missandei in HBO’s hit TV series “Game of Thrones” but she nearly gave up on her dreams of becoming an actress. “Game of Thrones” actress Nathalie Emmanuel was broke and nearly gave up acting before she landed the role of Missandei. In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Emmanuel had dropped out of school at the young age of 17 to pursue her career as an actor was thinking about going back to school to complete her degree. She was living in Liverpool at the top and working at Hollister.
“My job was technically a ‘model’ which basically means you wear the clothes and they control how you looked. I was folding clothes, cleaning the toilets, helping people in the changing room… it was awful,” she revealed in the interview. “Financially, I was struggling pretty badly. I still had my mortgage to pay. It felt like the right time to start exploring other options. I am a high-school drop-out, basically, because I left at 17 to go and do Hollyoaks. So I was like: ‘Oh, I guess it is time for me to go back and finish my A levels…’”
At the time, “Game of Thrones” was growing in popularity and filming season 3. She found a casting call for a non-white actor aged 18 to 23 to play a role in the show and she gave it all she had. The audition was intimidating, she said she did not hear back for weeks but little did she know, producers loved her.
“I didn’t hear back so I just got on with things. Then I was walking down the street one day, bringing my shopping home from Tesco, when I got the call,” she recalled. “I dropped everything, screaming. I broke a jam jar on the pavement. It was all very exciting and emotional.”
Talking about preparing for the role she said, “When it came to character work it was kind of difficult,” she says. “Because in the books [by George RR Martin], Missandei is only nine years old. She is described as a very quiet, very still person. Kind of timid. But I didn’t really want that for her. I thought: ‘She has survived so much, so much horror, but underneath there’s this impenetrable strength’. So at first, I created a person who was very contained. Then I got to play with the subtleties of her coming out of that and having more freedom to think and feel.”