Friday 24 May 2019

Emilia Clarke said she couldn't look at herself in the mirror after surgery for two brain aneurysms

British actress Emilia Clarke arrives for the
British actress Emilia Clarke arrives for the "Game of Thrones" eighth and final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 3, 2019 in New York city. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
Emilia Clarke (Greg Allen)
Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen (Ian West/PA)
Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke attended the Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, in a scene from Game Of Thrones (HBO via AP)
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in Game Of Thrones (HBO)
Daenerys Targaryen
British actress Emilia Clarke arrives for the "Game of Thrones" eighth and final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 3, 2019 in New York city. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
Emilia Clarke attends the "Game Of Thrones" Season 8 Premiere on April 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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Emilia Clarke couldn't look at herself in the mirror after she suffered two brain aneurysms.

The 'Game of Thrones' star underwent major surgery in 2011 and again in 2013 after she developed a subarachnoid haemorrhage, a form of stroke caused by a ruptured aneurysm, and she has admitted she avoided looking at herself because all she could see was "pain."

Speaking to Stylist magazine, she said: "After my operations, I didn't want to look at my own face. I don't normally, but all my emotions were heightened. When I looked in the mirror, I just saw pain in my eyes. I found it very, very difficult.

"I used to put on make-up without looking in the mirror, which probably made me look a lot worse. My face didn't change, but my feelings about myself changed. When you can look at yourself in the eyes and feel OK with what's looking back at you, then what more do you need?"

Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen (Ian West/PA)
Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen (Ian West/PA)

But it wasn't just her opinion of herself that changed after the second aneurysm as she was also concerned that she'd never be able to act again after part of her brain died.

She said recently: "So, they [the doctors] literally were looking at the brain and being like, 'Well, we think it could be - could be her concentration, it could be her peripheral vision. For a very long time, I thought it was my ability to act...that was a deep paranoia."

But the 32-year-old actress  - who is now fully recovered - was able to joke with the doctors at the time, even teasing that she'd lost the part of her brain which housed her "taste in men".

Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys Targaryen

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