Emilia Clarke Opens Up About Surviving Two Brain Aneurysms: ‘It’s Remarkable That I Am Able to Speak’
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Emilia Clarke Opens Up About Surviving Two Brain Aneurysms: ‘It’s Remarkable That I Am Able to Speak’

Emilia Clarke has opened up about her experience surviving two brain aneurysms, expressing gratitude that she has been able to recover after losing “quite a bit” of the organ.

Clarke recalled her health troubles during an interview with the BBC’s Sunday Morning, in which she promoted her production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” at the Harold Pinter Theater. The play marks the actress’ West End debut.

“It was the most excruciating pain,” Clarke said. “It was incredibly helpful to have ‘Game of Thrones’ sweep me up and give me that purpose.”

Clarke suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms while working on the HBO series: the first in 2011, the second in 2013. Both medical emergencies necessitated lengthy recovery periods. Clarke first opened up about the difficult situation in 2019, with the assurance that she is now completely better.
“The amount of my brain that is no longer usable — it’s remarkable that I am able to speak, sometimes articulately, and live my life completely normally with absolutely no repercussions,” Clarke stated. “I am in the really, really, really small minority of people that can survive that.”

Clarke then recalled the time she saw scans of her brain after the incidents.

“There’s quite a bit missing,” Clarke said before erupting into a big chuckle. “Which always makes me laugh… Strokes, basically, as soon as any part of your brain doesn’t get blood for a second, it’s gone. So the blood finds a different route to get around, but then whatever bit is missing is therefore gone.”

Clarke has since created a charity for brain injury and stroke victims called SameYou, though she has put her own medical troubles behind her and accepted her current health condition.

“I thought, ‘Well, this is who you are. This is the brain that you have.’ So there’s no point in continually wracking your brains about what might not be there,” Clarke said.

Clarke also took the time to discuss her role in “The Seagull,” which opened on July 6.

“The opportunity to play Nina in ‘The Seagull’ on the West End stage with a lauded, applauded incredible director like Jamie Lloyd — it’s been a kind of profound experience… It’s daring taking such a beloved and well-known play like this and putting it in such a modern, stripped-back, bare [format],” Clarke shared. “It’s why you do theater. It’s so exciting.”
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Emilia Clarke Cast as Oscar Wilde’s Wife Constance Lloyd in ‘An Ideal Wife’
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Emilia Clarke Cast as Oscar Wilde’s Wife Constance Lloyd in ‘An Ideal Wife’

The film will be directed by Sophie Hyde known for directing ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’.

From fantasy to real life, Game of Thrones and Secret Invasion actress Emilia Clarke has just landed her next role as the leading character in Sophie Hyde’s An Ideal Wife. The feature will see Clarke in the titular role as Constance Lloyd, the real-life wife of Irish children’s author Oscar Wilde. An activist and scribe in her own right, the feature will focus on Lloyd’s marriage to Wilde, told from her perspective following the discovery that her husband was gay. In a similar wheelhouse as Hyde’s recent steamy comedy-drama, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, the film will center around Lloyd’s sexual awakening following the life-changing news.

Together, Wilde and Lloyd shared two sons, Cyril and Vyvyan. Wilde was an absent parent which in turn led Lloyd to become a single mother. The couple never divorced, but following Wilde’s 1895 imprisonment for homosexual acts, Llyod took her sons from London to Switzerland and changed their last names to Holland in order to avoid further attachment to the scandal. An accomplished writer, Lloyd published two children’s books and would serve as a contributor to newspapers and journals. In her role as an activist, she was a firm believer and campaigner for the progressive dress reform movement. Lloyd died in 1898 at the age of 40 while living in Genoa, Italy with both sons.

Best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryn on HBO’s Game of Thrones, the actress has been mostly absent from both the small and big screens since the show’s wrap back in 2019. That same year, she would appear in Paul Feig’s holiday romance, Last Christmas, before taking a hiatus from the world of Hollywood. But, she’s now back in full force as along with An Ideal Wife, Clarke has several other projects up her sleeve.

On the feature side of things, she’ll be lending her voice to Toby Genkel and Florian Westermann’s animated film, Amazing Maurice, and will be seen in live-action roles in both Sophie Barthes’ sci-fi rom-com Pod Generation and the Václav Marhoul helmed political biopic, McCarthy. Marvel fans are preparing to welcome Clarke into the fold with her upcoming role in the highly anticipated MCU and Disney+ series, Secret Invasion. She’ll be joining a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders, Olivia Coleman, and Don Cheadle in the top-secret project set to drop sometime in 2023.

As of right now, An Ideal Wife has not set a release date.
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