Emilia Clarke admits she was afraid she wouldn't finish filming "Game of Thrones"

"When you have a brain injury, because it changes your sense of self on such a dramatic level, any insecurities you have in the workplace quadruple overnight," the actress said.

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Emilia Clarke in the series "Game of Thrones", Photo: HBO
Emilia Clarke in the series "Game of Thrones", Photo: HBO
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Actress Emilia Clarke, who shot to fame playing Daenerys Targaryen, has revealed she feared she would be axed from the cast of Game of Thrones after suffering two brain aneurysms.

She experienced the first in 2011, between the filming of the first and second seasons, after which she had to undergo an operation.

"When you have a brain injury, because it changes your sense of self on such a dramatic level, any insecurities you have in the workplace quadruple overnight. The first fear I had was whether I would get fired because they would think I might not be capable to finish the job," she said in an interview with "Big Issue".

The second fear was that it would happen again during filming.

"I remember thinking: if I'm going to die, I'd better die on television," the actress said.

She did suffer a second brain aneurysm in 2013 and underwent surgery again, revealing in an interview in 2022 that she lost "a good chunk" of her brain during the process.

"Given the size of the part of my brain that I can no longer use, it's amazing that I can still talk and live my life normally without any consequences. I'm one of the very, very small minority of people who can survive this," the actress said.

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