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Emilia Clarke named Esquire’s ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

Emilia Clarke is the Mother of All Dragons on “Game of Thrones,” and now she has a new title: Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive.

“Half pal, half dominatrix. Half kid sister, half sexy queen,” the magazine’s cover story gushed about the star. 

The magazine chose Clarke for her “gorgeous balance” of sexy siren and girl next door. But the 28-year-old said when she was a drama student, she wasn’t anyone’s “favorite.”

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“I was a keen bean,” she described her studious younger self.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones.”courtesy of HBO

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones.”

But Clarke was transformed into a sex symbol after landing the role of Daenerys Targaryen on the hit HBO series.

The actress said that she got the part even though she didn’t fit the description of the dragon queen from George R. R. Martin’s books.

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“My agent told the casting director, ‘I know that the breakdown for this character is tall and willowy and blonde. I know she’s short and round and brown, but I’d like you to see her.’ “

Emilia Clarke was named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive and covers the magazine’s November issue. Esquire

Emilia Clarke was named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive and covers the magazine’s November issue.

Enlarge Emilia Clarke at the Dior show during the Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 2. Jacopo Raule/GC Images

Emilia Clarke at the Dior show during the Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 2.

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“I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those books,” she recalled.

“So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’d the living crap out of it.”

But Clarke’s research couldn’t prepare her for the challenges of filming the early episodes, which included full-frontal nudity, sex scenes and even a rape scene.

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“Once, I had to take a little time out,” she said. “I said I needed a cup of tea, had a bit of a cry, and was ready for the next scene.”

Yet the actress said that she believes she was cast as Daenerys because she able to convincingly convey her character’s growth. 

“(The producers) wanted someone who could grow before your eyes in one season,” she said. “Who could gather strength and show vulnerability.”

Her success in the role has not only made her a fan favorite, but also earned her two Emmy nominations in the past three years.

Clarke joins the ranks of Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, all of whom have also been dubbed Sexiest Woman Alive by the magazine.

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