Emilia Clarke Takes a Lie Detector Test | Vanity Fair

published on July 2, 2020

– This is so [beeps] weird

[electricity buzzing]

This is really freaky

I just need to say this out loud again

I'm incredibly freaked out

Please, ask me a question

– [Interviewer] Is your full name

Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke?

– Yes, well done

That was impressive

– [Interviewer] Thank you

Were you born on October 23rd?

– Yes

– [Interviewer] Are you about
to take a lie detector test?

– Yes

– [Interviewer] How are we looking?

– [Technician] We're calibrated

– [Interviewer] Great

[dramatic music]

How you feeling?

You nervous?

– Yeah, there's a lot
of people in this room

and everyone's very quiet

– [Interviewer] Let's
talk about your life

Were you raised in Oxfordshire, England?

– Yeah

– [Interviewer] Would
you say you're the most

talented actor to come out of Oxfordshire?

– Yeah

– [Interviewer] More
talented than this person?

– Oh, well that's hard

He's definitely more
intelligent than I am

– [Interviewer] So,
you're saying he's smarter

than you, but not a better actor?

– No, I think it's probably safe to say

he's a better actor as well, yeah


– [Interviewer] Do you think you would've

gotten into Oxford if you had applied?

– No


I would love to have

In another life I would've gone to Oxford,

but I decided to become an actor

and do lie detector
tests on camera instead

Yeah, livin' my dream

– [Interviewer] Do you consider yourself

to be very British?

– Yeah

– [Interviewer] Is there
any truth to the stereotype

that British people have bad teeth?

– Yeah, but I'm the exception

I have great teeth!

It's an absolute winning
thing that I have

And it's all natural so I'm very lucky,

and I'm very bucking the trend

of British people with bad teeth

But yeah, I mean overall
it is because we care less


That's why

– [Technician] It's true

– Yeah, it's true

– [Interviewer] What do you
think of my British accent?

I'm chuffed to bits then governor

– Terrible

It's awful

That really sounds exactly
like an American accent


– [Interviewer] Well, I have work on it

– You do, you do, yeah

– [Interviewer] So, you've
met this person, right?

– Yes, I did

I did I met HRH

– [Interviewer] Did you
ask him to bend the knee?

– Yeah, no I think I was
asked to bend the knee


You have to do the whole thing

You have to, you can't turn your back

You have to curtsy

You have to say, their
like he has his title,

His Royal Highness or
something along those lines

And I struggled with that

But I should've

I don't think he's ever watched my show


– [Interviewer] You played the piano,

the flute, and the guitar?

– I used to play the flute

The guitar, I can play really badly

Just lack of patience, I think

If you gave me a guitar now,

I wouldn't be able to play it

And then, the piano not really, no

So, if I put that on my CV that

was when I was, you know,
trying to get a job

– [Interviewer] Would
you ever do a flute duet

with this person?

– Oh yeah, I knew you were
gonna give me my girl

Lizzo, hells yes!

Hells to the yes!

I would, I love her so much

that I saw her at
Glastonbury and lost my shit

Just went completely mental for her,

and then, she whips out a flute

It's the most unexpected instrument for,

yeah, for a pop star to bring out

– [Interviewer] She's pretty cool

– She's amazing

– [Interviewer] A lot of
fans say that your eyebrows

have their own life

– Yeah

– [Interviewer] Would you
agree with that statement?

– Yeah, and to the point where I hate it

I'll watch myself back in a movie

Well, on the show I can
kind of keep them in check

'cause Khaleesi never really
got too hepped up about much

But in life I find it deeply infuriating

I was once, I was at a doctor's office

and I was trying to change the appointment

and this woman is being very serious,

like you're being right now,

and really trying to keep a straight face,

and she just couldn't
keep herself together

she just kept laughing

And I was like what is funny about me

trying to change my
two o'clock appointment

to a four o'clock?

And she's like it's your eyebrows

I can't look at them without laughing

– [Interviewer] Can you do
the wave with your eyebrows?

– Is that it?

No, that was terrible

– [Interviewer] I think you nailed it

– Yeah?

Yeah, they

– [Interviewer] Would
you say that the eyebrows

are the window to your soul?

– Yeah



– [Interviewer] So, is
it true that you speak

English and Italian?

– I speak a pitiful amount of Italian,

but a little bit

– [Interviewer] Is your Italian
better than your Dothraki?

– Well, yeah, probably, yeah

Some Dothraki I would make up


– [Interviewer] Can you
tell me what you really

feel about me in Dothraki?

– No, 'cause I don't remember the lines

They never gave us the language

They'd only ever give me what to say

As in what I was specifically
saying in that scene

So, if I were to say anything to anyone

in Dothraki it's just
remembering a line from the show

– [Interviewer] So, you
only know the script?

– Yeah, zhey qoy Qoyi
is blood of my blood

And that's all I remember
folks from eight years

of shooting a show in Dothraki

– [Interviewer] Is that true?

– She is telling the truth

– Yeah


– [Interviewer] So, in
the movie "Last Christmas"

you work in a Christmas shop?

– Yeah

– [Interviewer] Do you
think it's a little foolish

to have a year-round Christmas shop?

– Yeah, yeah, definitely

You know, in department stores you've got

the Christmas section,
just kind of creeps me out

Who's doing that?

I get the kind of getting
something in a January sale,

but doing it in April it just



It doesn't make any sense

– [Interviewer] You're also
dressed as an elf in the movie

– Yes, it's my uniform
working in the Christmas shop

– [Interviewer] Would
you say you're a more

believable elf than this person?


– Yep

I kind of went pretty method and I took

as much inspiration from
him as possible though


– [Interviewer] Did she
really take inspiration

from Will Ferrell?

– That's questionable


– Dammit

Well, I tried

– [Interviewer] Let's
move on to your career

After drama school you played
Snow White for kids' parties?

– Yeah, yeah

– [Interviewer] Was that
a pleasant experience?

– Oh, it was terrible

It was once

So, I was part of a catering company

'cause then when you're
working in catering

you can kind of work around your,

at that time nonexistent auditions,

and this was for a really kind of

bougie business Christmas party

So, all the adults would go
and have a Christmas party

and then they had all of their kids,

all of their very rich, very spoiled kids

was like a play land was filled with

all of these Disney characters

And I played Snow White in that

I was Snow White

It was just terrible, yeah

– [Interviewer] Would you say you were

the fairest of them all?

– On that particular day, probably, yeah

– [Interviewer] Did that
gig appear on your resume

when you auditioned for "Game of Thrones"?

– No, I absolutely didn't

Not at all, yeah

I catered a gig, yeah, at a
kid's party as Snow White

I didn't think it was
conducive to my next job

To my first job

– [Interviewer] So, you
weren't proud of that?

– No, no

– [Interviewer] You starred
in Solo: A Star Wars Story


– Yes

– [Interviewer] Have you seen
all of the Star Wars films?

– No

– [Interviewer] Do you
remember the name of the second

Star Wars movie from the original trilogy?


– Christ

Okay, is that "The Return of the Jedi"?

No, that's the one about the Sith

I don't know

No, I can't

– [Interviewer] It's "The
Empire Strikes Back"

– The Empire Strikes Back

– [Interviewer] Let's redo that one

Can you remember the second film from

the original franchise?

– The Empire Strikes Back

– She's telling the truth

– [Interviewer] Very good


Would Darth Maul beat Jon Snow in a fight?

– Well, yeah, Jon Snow's
got a sword that's it

And his curly locks, I really don't think

they would've done much

– [Interviewer] Do you
recognize this woman?

– Yes, my girl Phoebe

We love her

– [Interviewer] Did you get
along on the set of Solo

– Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

– [Interviewer] Did she get you tickets

to her soldout "Fleabag" show?

– So, she got me tickets
to the New York show

'Cause I saw it originally
when it was in Soho

when I was fangirling over her,

and then saw it in New
York because I wanted

to see her and see it,

and so seeing it again in
New York that was wonderful

And then, when it was on in the West End,

I was like babe I'm not
gonna ask that from you

To go and see it a third time

But yeah it was wonderful

– [Interviewer] You didn't see it–

– Huh?

– [Interviewer] You didn't
see it a third time?

– No, so I saw it in
Soho back before Phoebe

was who Phoebe is now,

and then in New York,

but then not the West End one

But a doctor asked me for tickets

He was like, "I heard you
know Phoebe Waller-Bridge

"could you get me tickets
for her sold-out show?"

And I was like, "No, probably not"

– [Interviewer] Is it true
that your mom decorated

your bedroom with your Solo
character's merchandise?

– She one day, oh Christ

So, she really likes the merchandise

with her daughter's face on it

And one day she came to
visit me on set in Star Wars,

and it was when we were doing
the body scan for the toys

And little do I know, I'm
like where's my mum gone?

And she's off talking to the
head of merchandise, no less,

and it's like can I just
get some more stuff,

you know with her face

Like what other stuff can
I get with her face on it?

And so then I came back
from working one day

and went into, it wasn't my
room it was the spare room,

and it was just there's a
blanket with my face on it,

there was seven or eight cushions,

an obscene amount of dolls


– [Interviewer] So, you loved it

– Yeah, I'm lying

– [Technician] She's lying


– [Interviewer] So, "Last
Christmas" was your first

time working with this
director, Mr Paul Feig

– Yes, it was my first time

What a dashing young man

Don't check that

– [Interviewer] Do you wish you would've

been cast in "Bridesmaids"?

– Yeah, hells yeah

That's one of the greatest
movies of all time

It's so good

Look at that lineup

Hells yeah

– [Interviewer] And which
role would you have been?

– I mean, looking at it
now maybe Rose's role

That's that beautiful scene at the end

when she's in the car when she's like,

"No, it's really good that you look ugly

"when you're crying"

And she's like, "No, I don't"


But I–

– [Interviewer] So, you
wouldn't have been one of the–

– Melissa


– [Interviewer] I was
thinking you would've

played a good roommate

– Oh!


I mean I do like tattoos

The brother is that who I would've played?

– [Interviewer] Either one of them

– Either one of them

'Cause I'm English?

Yeah, yeah

I would've taken any role
in that movie, to be fair

– [Interviewer] How was it
working with this gentleman?

– Wonderful, look at him

He's so sweet

– [Interviewer] He can't possibly be

that handsome in real life

– No, he's like way more
handsome in real life

It's astonishing

He's like carved out of marble, truly


It's true

– [Technician] She is telling the truth

– Yeah, carved out of marble

– [Interviewer] Why
don't we talk more about

"Game of Thrones"

Your character Daenerys
Targaryen was married

to Jason Momoa's character,
Khal Drogo, right?

– Yeah, Khal Drogo, yeah

– [Interviewer] Would you say
you two are close friends?

– Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I saw him very recently

– [Interviewer] So, did
you see his film "Aquaman"?

– I did

I saw in a cinema

I gave that man some money

I went to the movies and I saw it

– [Interviewer] Do you
think Aquaman would have

had a chance for the Iron Throne?

– No, there's just not enough water


– [Interviewer] That's a good point

– Yeah, I think, yeah, yeah

Khal Drogo would've
'cause he would've just

bulldozed everyone out the way


– [Interviewer] Are you
the mother of dragons?

– Yeah

– She is telling the truth

– [Interviewer] Did you
have a favorite dragon?

– Well, I think Drogon

Yeah, yeah, I did 'cause
Drogon's kind of the

like he was my oldest boy

He was, yeah, he was the first, really

I think when the three of them came out

I think he came out first

Just to get real detailed for you

– [Interviewer] Do you
know where Drogon went?

– Well, I like to think
that he went to Hawaii

I know there is a specific
place where dragons go

Now, I'm sounding like a crazy person

In the books there's–

Everyone's was like yeah 'cause he's gone

to such and such a place

So there, makes sense

But otherwise, he's just
roaming the seas crying


– [Interviewer] You think
he's somewhere happy

flying with a corpse in his mouth

– Yeah, 'cause it's his mama

– [Interviewer] So, in the show you rode

a lot of CGI dragons

– Yeah, more than I've done
any other thing in my career

– [Interviewer] So, does that
mean that you're an expert

at riding mechanical bulls?

– Ah, yeah, yeah, I mean I don't know

I'm strapped into that dragon

I'm legitimately harnessed in,

and on the mechanical bulls you're not

So —
– So, not an expert?

– No, but the dragon would
malfunction sometimes

where I'd be getting a note

and then I'd just like

just do the whole thing and be like,

"Yeah, what was that?"

So, maybe because of
those brief experiences

I might be very good at the bull riding

– [Interviewer] I heard
the skills translate, so

– Yeah, yeah that makes sense

– [Interviewer] In the last
season of "Game of Thrones"

there's a Starbucks coffee
cup in one of the shots

– People think it's mine,

and it's very annoying

– [Interviewer] Was that
an advertising play?

– No!

Do you think we needed
an advertising play?

Like c'mon, for real

Let's be honest here

No, I really don't think
it was an advertising play

I just think it was a really long day,

and I think that we just
took our eye off the ball

– [Interviewer] So, you think
an intern got fired for that,


– No, no, no, no, no

We needed every man, woman, and child

we could get to make the last season

So I don't think it would've been, yeah

– [Interviewer] Let's
be honest, was it you?

– No!

Okay, I need to break something down

We were not given Starbucks

The cast were not given Starbucks

We had craft services which does not

have a Starbucks logo on it

So, literally could not have been mine

– [Interviewer] She seems agitated

– [Technician] I'm
getting a strong reading

but she's telling the truth

– Yeah, it's not my cup

It wasn't me

– [Technician] I think
she's telling the truth

– [Interviewer] All right

Last question

– Yes

– [Interviewer] Did
you at any point during

this interview lie and
we didn't catch you?

– No

– [Interviewer] Seems
like you hesitated there

Emilia, tell the truth

– Okay, I wanted to play
Krissten Wiig's part

What am I gonna do?

[dramatic music]

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