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Me Before You: Emilia Clarke explains the difference between Daenerys and Louisa

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Alex Bailey

Emilia Clarke may be best known for donning a platinum blonde wig and plotting to rule Westeros with an army of dragons at her side, but the Game of Thrones star will soon head to the big screen in the adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ novel Me Before You.

For Glamour magazine’s May cover story, Clarke sat down to talk about her role as Louisa, who becomes the bubbly caretaker for a paralyzed young businessman (Sam Claflin), and about how Lou differs from Daenerys.

“I was obsessed with My Fair Lady growing up,” Clarke explains. “As an actor, you want to be able to show a character’s growth. It’s fulfilling. And I’m very close to Lou as a person. At school I was uncertain and unsure. So there was a sincerity that I was so desperate to play, because with Daenerys I’ve spent a career putting armor on.”

Thea Sharrock directed Me Before You, which also stars Jenna Coleman, Matthew Lewis, and Brendan Coyle. The love story hits theaters on June 3, but the tear-jerking trailer has already made fans of the book reach for tissues.

“I haven’t done a very sad movie before,” Clarke told EW last month. “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!”

Read the full interview with Clarke at Glamour