She was uncomfortable recording the first episode of the series, which never aired.
Game of Thrones was completed about two years ago, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of fans. Despite this, Emilia Clarke ended up becoming one of the biggest stars of the series, personifying the role of Daenerys Targaryen, one of the most important and complex characters in the plot. And although it seems hard to believe, the character was narrowly played by another actress – Tamzin Merchant – in the series’ original pilot which was never officially released.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Merchant first spoke about the show’s unaccompanied pilot. She explains that it was a very uncomfortable experience and that she gave up on the idea, even in the face of “very persuasive people” in the production. In the end, she even remembers one of the most disconcerting moments of the filming of the episode:
“Recording this pilot was a great lesson. It was a statement for me to listen to my own instincts and follow them, because I tried to get out of this situation and, during the hiring process, I did. I have spoken to very persuasive people. And then I found myself naked and scared in Morocco, on a horse that was clearly more excited to be there than me.
The actress elaborates a little more on this subject and on how she has learned to follow her instinct more in relation to the projects that she agrees to develop. Despite this, she has nothing but praise for talking about Emilia Clarke, who ended up taking on the role later. According to her, the actress managed to play a very iconic character:
“It was a lesson. If my gut told me that a story wasn’t something I couldn’t wait to tell, I shouldn’t be trying to get turned on because others tell me I should. I didn’t have any training in acting, I just have my instincts. And what drives me and what motivates me is a story and an animating character. So to me, “Game of Thrones” was never that. I think that’s a testament to Emilia Clarke for making this role so iconic – she was obviously excited to tell this story, and it was epic and awesome. But for me, it wasn’t something that was in my heart.
Still, Merchant says it was interesting to see Emilia Clarke’s face everywhere she went, printed on billboards and buses: “It was quite fun going to auditions on buses that had the Emilia Clarke’s face on them. Like “oh, my mode of transportation is very interesting today!” “
Tamzin is currently playing Carnival Row, in one of the central roles. She’s also appeared in shows like Supergirl and Salem – the latter featuring one of her most recognized and beloved roles. Long before that, she was known for appearing in period films based on classic British literature, such as Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.
All seasons of Game of Thrones can be watched on HBO Go, in addition to being available on DVD and Blu-Ray. The series will also have a prequel, titled House of the Dragon, which will be released exclusively on HBO Max. For now, the streaming platform is still not available in Brazil.
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