“A lot of boys in my poker circle are mathematicians who play on probability. I don’t have that kind of brain, so I rely on instinct. But I recently found out that poker and cards in general go way back in my family gene pool.”
I danced from the age of three. I was always in amateur dramatics and I did a lot of public speaking. So when I told my family I was going to be an actress… well it was like when your camp best friend tells you he’s gay and you’re trying really hard to look surprised.
"Iguess I had Trichotillomania, which is where you pull all your hair out and it’s just like a habit. So I just did that and I used to collect them on my bedside cabinet. I thought it was really cool. But I burned all the photos of me without eyelashes, ’cause it’s so awful.“
People have always come up to me and asked how tall I am. I’ve had it since I was 14. But now they ask if I’m in Game Of Thrones. That’s what I’ve always wanted my whole life, to be recognised as an actress and not just a really tall person.
“I am so not a fashionista. I walk into those parties, and I’m like, ‘Hey, guys!’ Everyone’s looking really cool, sipping on some mental cocktail, and I’m like, ‘Can I have a cup of tea?’ Such an idiot.”
Emilia Clarke for Harper’s Bazaar (June/July 2015)
I think it’s important to shake up the norm and people’s perceptions of what beauty is. But it’s not always been amazing. I found it so frustrating, particularly at the beginning, because I would be told, “Sorry love, you’re too tall.” At one stage I was like, “I’ll give this another six months and if this persists, I’ll become a nun”
Gwendoline Christie for Stylist magazine, photography: Rankin