How Emilia Clarke Defended Her Female Co-Star on 'Game of Thrones' Set


Nathalie Emmanuel is opening up about her experience on the hit series, “Game of Thrones.”

The 31-year-old actress, who joined the series in 2013 as Missandei, told British Vogue about how she bonded with fellow cast member Emilia Clarke after she helped her navigate an uncomfortable situation on set of the popular HBO series.

Emmanuel recalled Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, coming to her aid when a male extra made a comment about wearing a “revealing” costume.

"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," she said. "I mean, typical — and Emilia straightaway had my back. It got handled."

Emmanuel joined the massively successful series during its third season and said the fact that she and Clarke were “one of the only girls on a male-dominated set” bonded them in a “certain way.”

"Emilia and I got on like a house on fire from the beginning," she said. "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."

She also said her character’s shocking death influenced her views on diversity and representation on television.

"It definitely 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."

Emmanuel explained she became protective of her character arc, stating, "It’s a conversation I used to have a lot with Jacob [Anderson], who played Grey Worm, the only other major non-white character in the series."

She continued: "We were always really conscious of how much our being part of “Game of Thrones” mattered to people. It made us really protective of Missandei and Grey Worm."

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