So far only Emilia Clarke’s mother has reached out to comment to the star on the new trailer for Me Before You, which has sent Internet audiences worldwide grabbing for their tissues. She thought it “looked great,” as most mothers would. But it’s Clarke’s friends that have already screened the film that are having the greatest effect on the woman best known as Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen. Apparently, exiting the theater red-eyed and puffy is just what she’s looking for.
“I haven’t done a very sad movie before,” says Clarke, calling from Los Angeles where she is doing some press for her upcoming film. “And now I’ve had friends that have seen the movie, are in tears, crying and I’m like, ‘Yay, good, I’m glad, I’m so happy that I’ve made you break down in tears.’ That’s a good sign. We are affecting people! But what a bizarre concept? I wouldn’t normally wish for people to cry.”
But crying they are. The film’s director, Thea Sharrock, has been watching a lot of YouTubers’ fan reactions, stunned by audiences overwhelming emotional response to the new trailer.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” says Sharrock of the fan-reaction videos. “The majority of them are fans of the book so they were really hyping up how much they have been waiting for this. And they come in all languages. It’s even better when you get an Italian and you don’t speak Italian well enough to really get what she’s saying, but you still kinda get what she is saying.”
Sharrock looked at a bunch, but her favorite was a young kid, heralding from America, who happened on the trailer accidentally and became completely engrossed with what he was seeing. “He decides he’s going to check out the trailer, even though he has no idea what the film is, except that it’s for chicks. And then, before you know it, he’s in tears. He completely loses his s—,” she says with a laugh. “These people are either incredible actors or it’s absolutely genuine.”
Take a look at Sharrock’s new favorite video below. It may just become yours.
Me Before You opens June 3. Grab some tissues and watch the trailer above.