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There’s a novel charm to hearing the distinctly American turn-of-phrase “Oh, hells yeah” spoken with a British accent, as English actress Emilia Clarke demonstrated at the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar on Saturday night at a small dinner cohosted by MAC Cosmetics that immediately followed Joseph Altuzarra’s runway show. Clarke, who stars in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” had sat front row at the show and eagerly crowed when asked if she’d be requesting any of the runway looks down the line. As guests including Vanessa Traina, Chelsea Leyland, Philip Crangi and Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi mingled in the candlelit space, Clarke hewed close to Cory Michael Smith, with whom she will soon star in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on Broadway. The petite actress proved a far more bubbly personality than her on-screen alter-ego, a platinum-haired, dragon-commanding warrior queen.
“From whence do I draw the fierceness?” she said when asked about her inspiration. “I don’t know. I suppose it’s taking bits from me that I don’t have naturally and able to play them in a part. It’s what actors do, I suppose.…There’s something seriously liberating about getting to do it. I get to do it because of the writing. It’s in the scripts. The character that George wrote has that at the fingertips.”
That would be George R.R. Martin, the bearded, mariner’s cap-favoring, and slightly Hobbit-esque creator of the fantasy novels on which “Game of Thrones” is based.
“He’s busy writing the books,” Clarke continued of her contact with the writer. “He’s an executive producer on the show and he’s overseeing absolutely everything, but he doesn’t come to set because we film in the most ridiculous locations.”
So not New York Fashion Week?
“Not New York Fashion Week,” she laughed. “I wouldn’t see George at New York Fashion Week. He might come and see the play though. If I ask really, really nicely.”