My enthusiasm for Game of Thrones, and especially Dany, is just something I can’t really control! I felt it from the first time I read the sides I had to learn for the auditions. When I like something, I tend to find it hard to hide my feelings, and so when the fans’ response from Season 1 was also positive, it just added to my happiness! But in all honesty, if the response had not been as overwhelmingly lovely as it was, it still wouldn’t have taken anything away from how I feel about Dany and the entire series. It has flipped my world upside down and inside out, and I count my blessings that I am involved in something I love this much.
My dad took me for an audition once, to show me, ‘OK, you want to be a child actor, this is what it’s like.’ I sang a folk song about donkeys on this West End stage with this big director, and there was a queue of 200 girls all singing ‘Memory.’ I was terrible. Terrible.