Recently in an interview with The Observer, Game of Thrones star, Emilia Clarke, opened up on one of the toughest periods of her life. She suffered a life-threatening brain haemorrhage at the age of 24.
However, she confessed that it was a good thing. She revealed that the injury helped her gain perspective on many things that she wouldn’t have otherwise.
She said, “I definitely think it’s a good thing. Because I was never destined to be the ‘young actor goes off the rails’ type, up and down the gossip columns. And having a brain haemorrhage that coincided precisely with the beginning of my career and the beginning of a show(Game of Thrones) that became something quite meaty, it gave me a perspective that I wouldn’t have otherwise.”
She added, “I’m quite a resilient human being, so a parent dying and brain haemorrhages coinciding with success and people following you in the street and getting stalkers – you’re just like, ‘Well, let’s try and make something sensible of it.'”
For the unversed, she founded an NGO called SameYou, which provides treatment for patients who are recovering from a stroke and brain-related injuries.
She also revealed that she didn’t disclose any details about her health issue as it was nerve-racking for her to share it and she waited so long to share about it as she didn’t want people to think of her as sick. In order to promote her charity, eight years after her stroke, she finally decided to reveal and talk about it with New Yorker.
Aside from the hit TV series, Emilia Clarke has had other movies in her repertoire. She starred in Terminator Genisys, which was not so well-received admittedly. She also had a supporting role in Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018. Her latest film is titled, Last Christmas, co-starring Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh.