Actress Emilia Clarke has been nominated for an Emmy for her performance in HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Reacting to the news, Clarke says that playing the “mother of dragons” for three seasons has been a “privilege.”
Among the 16 Emmy nominations cinched by Game of Thrones, one went to Clarke for supporting dramatic actress thanks to her performance as Daenerys Targaryen in the show.
Game of Thrones also picked up acting nominations for co-stars Peter Dinklage and Diana Rigg, as well as a nomination for best drama series.
So how did Emilia Clarke react to the news?
“Yer chomoe anhaan. Jin ha Khalaan, shekh ma shieraki anni,” she said.
Yup, that’s Dothraki, the fictional language created for the series and often spoke by Clarke’s character. The translation? “You do honor to me. This is for the Khal – my sun and stars.”
Though that’s enough right there, Clarke did expound on her nomination, saying:
“Wow! It is such a huge honor to be recognized by the Academy and to be among such a brilliant group of women. I am thrilled for Peter, Diana, David and Dan, HBO and the entire cast and crew of Game of Thrones. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am to go to work every day with this incredible team who has become a second family. I am so grateful to David and Dan for taking a chance on me and giving me the privilege of being the mother of dragons.”
In an interview with The New York Times, Clarke also talked about a controversial subject related to her character. Many criticized Clarke’s overt sexualization in the first season (she appeared gratuitously nude on a number of occasions), and rumor has it that the actress herself requested her character stay covered up for the indefinite future.
Surprisingly, in response to her sexualized portrayal, Clarke suggested that it’s all for the good of the character.
“I think that the hardships that she as a character, and that you as a viewer, had to witness, were entirely necessary to feel even close to how people hopefully do feel when she stands in front of 10,000 Unsullied with three dragons at her back and two advisers at her side. If you didn’t have the sexual exploitation of her in the beginning, if you didn’t have everything that she went through, you wouldn’t feel the way that you do towards her. It was entirely necessary.”
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