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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)

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 (Greg Allen)

Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen (Ian West/PA)

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)

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, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, in a scene from Game Of Thrones (HBO via AP)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in Game Of Thrones (HBO)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in Game Of Thrones (HBO)

Daenerys Targaryen

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)

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)

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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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 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.


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