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Tamzin Merchant, the Original Daenerys in 'Game of Thrones,' Talks About Being Replaced by Emilia Clarke

Did you know that Emilia Clarke wasn’t the first actress to play Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones?

The role was played by actress Tamzin Merchant in the show’s 2009 pilot and she was recast when the show was picked up by HBO.

Tamzin is now speaking out for the first time about Emilia taking over the role and how she felt about losing the role, which became one of the most iconic characters in television history.

Click inside to read what she had to say… More Here! »

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Emilia Clarke Makes a Quick Grocery Run Amid Lockdown in London

Emilia Clarke is stocking up on essentials amid the pandemic.

The 34-year-old Game of Thrones actress was seen out shopping amid the coronavirus lockdown on Tuesday (January 12) in London, United Kingdom.

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Emilia bundled up during the chilly season with an oversized coat, a scarf, a beanie hat and a face mask as she stepped out for some grocery shopping at a local Waitrose, emerging with a big bag full of items.

Despite Game of Thrones having been over for a year, there are still factoids coming out about the stars of the show.

In a new interview, director Jeremy Podeswa opened up about the time that Emilia Clarke seriously impressed him by coming up with a full speech in Valyrian in just ten minutes. Find out more about it!

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Emilia Clarke Came Up With a 'Game of Thrones' Speech In Valyrian In Just 10 Minutes

Despite Game of Thrones having been over for a year, there are still factoids coming out about the stars of the show.

In a new interview, director Jeremy Podeswa opened up about the time that Emilia Clarke seriously impressed him by coming up with a full speech in Valyrian in just ten minutes.

The scene in question was the one where Daenerys ordered the execution of one of three Meereenese noblemen who had been thought to have conspired against her. In the original script, Daenerys delivers a speech in English.

However, the showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss thought it would be even better if the speech was in Valyrian.

If you recall, the dialogue for the fictional language is scripted months in advance. However, Emilia pulled it off in just ten minutes.

“There’s usually a lot of preparation for that sort of thing and so much consideration that goes into it and she had quite a big monologue before she sets the guy on fire,” Jeremy added. “I went over to Emilia and I was like, ‘I know this is a really big ask, but do you think you could figure out a way to do this in Valyrian?’ She said, ‘Yeah, sure, I think I can do this.’ And I’m all, “Really?” Then she went off and cobbled together things that [Daenerys] had said in the past that made sense. She came back in 10 minutes and had this whole monologue down.”

He continued, recalling just how amazing Emilia was in the show, “I just had to hand it to Emilia for taking on the challenge and making it completely credible.”

“Every single take, every intonation, and the way she phrased everything, you completely understood what she was meant to be saying. Then the subtitles all seemed authentic to what she was doing. She knew the language well enough at that point to make it all work. It wasn’t tracking perfectly in Valyrian, but no fan ever noticed it. She did an amazing job.”

More recently, other stars have been speaking out about the could have been situations in the show and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau even called one of Emilia‘s scenes “degrading”.

Emilia Clarke Enjoys a Stroll With Her Dog With a Friend in London

Emilia Clarke is getting some fresh air.

The 34-year-old Game of Thrones actress was spotted taking her dog for a walk with a companion on Sunday (November 1) in North London, United Kingdom.

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She and her companion were seen joking and laughing together while walking their pups.

Just a few days before, Emilia celebrated her 34th birthday. She celebrated by doing something pretty crazy – she jumped out of a plane!

Another star celebrated his birthday on the same exact day and when he found out that it was also Emilia‘s birthday, he decided that she should celebrate on a different day and he gave her a specific date to do it.

She also opened up about what filming was like for her after suffering her brain hemorrhage.

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Emilia Clarke Bundles Up During a Chilly Fall Day in London

Emilia Clarke look so chic for the fall weather while stepping out on Monday (October 26) in London, England.

The 34-year-old actress, who celebrated her birthday over the weekend, bundled up for the chilly weather in a Jil Sander coat, which retails for $1,580. You can get the same coat right now at Farfetch.com.

Emilia celebrated her 34th birthday last Friday and she did something pretty crazy – she jumped out of a plane!

Another star celebrated his birthday on the same exact day and when he found out that it was also Emilia‘s birthday, he decided that she should celebrate on a different day and he gave her a specific date to do it.

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Ryan Reynolds Decided He & Emilia Clarke Can't Share a Birthday, So He Gave Her a New One

Ryan Reynolds and Emilia Clarke are BOTH celebrating their birthdays today (October 23), but he has decided that there’s not enough room for both of them on this day.

The actor’s production company and marketing agency Maximum Effort decided to tweet out birthday wishes to Emilia instead of sending him a birthday message.

Ryan responded to the tweet and said, “So sorry. I moved her birthday this year. It was feeling a little crowded for me.”

Seven hours later, Ryan tweeted again and said, “Excited to announce February 29th as Emilia’s new birthday. Congratulations!”

It was Ryan‘s special day first as he is turning 44 while Emilia just turned 34. See the crazy thing that she did to celebrate the occasion!

Pictured inside: Emilia presenting an award to Ryan at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards.

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Emilia Clarke Jumped Out of a Plane for Her 34th Birthday!

Today is Emilia Clarke‘s 34th birthday and she rang in the special occasion in a pretty crazy way – jumping out of a plane!

The Game of Thrones actress took to Instagram to share some photos from the scary moment and she wrote, “What could match the profound existential terror of another birthday? Jumping out of a goddamn plane is what.”

Emilia added in hashtag format, “Who says you can only fly dragons?” and “My facial expressions tell you all you need to know.”

“Thank you Hinton Sky Diving for the most exhilarating experience of my life!” she concluded.

Last month, Emilia was spotted grabbing dinner with another famous British actor and the photos of course sparked some rumors that they might have been on a date.