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Emilia Clarke: ‘I just need to breathe the same air as Leonardo DiCaprio’


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We sat down with ‘Me Before You’ star Emilia Clarke for this week’s Time Out, to talk about her new role in the blockbuster romcom, her controversial ‘Game of Thrones’ scenes and her new Hollywood lifestyle. Conversation spanned from her love for Cookie from 'Empire' to her mum banning her from wearing Jack Wills. Plus: penises.

Read the full in the interview both in the magazine and online on Tuesday, but for now here are some highlights…

On crushing on Leonardo DiCaprio…

‘I keep ending up really close to him at events and I just can’t say hello. It’s too much. I’ve loved him so much since seeing "Titanic' when I was 11. Seriously, it’s been a problem. I just need to breathe the same air as him. That’s all I can manage.’

On meeting Taylor Swift…

‘I wish I could be Taylor Swift. I met her and she was like "I’m really starstruck!" I just thought: What? You’re Taylor fucking Swift. What are you talking about? We were chatting a little bit and in my mind I just wanted to ask 'Does this mean I’m in your squad?"'

On the downfalls of wearing a wig in 'Game of Thrones'…

‘I’m so unrecognisable in real life that people don’t clock me. It means I’ve managed to stay super-normal amid the craziness of "Game of Thrones" but then sometimes when you’re trying to chat up a cute boy at an awards party…’

And on taking her friends to Hollywood…

‘I brought my best mate Mike with me to LA. He walks into this party and goes "J-Lo is on the dance floor, dancing." I’m like, "I can embarrass me, but you can’t embarrass me – so no, you can’t grind up on J-Lo, she won’t appreciate it".’

On being similar to her 'Me Before You' character Louisa Clark... 

'I'm goofy like her. I love karaoke. I like a good rap, so I often do "Whatta Man" by Salt 'n' Pepa. Or, weirdly, The Libertines is really good because you can just shout it. I try to do Adele, and people are like: "Emilia - no!"'

Read our interview with 'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington

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