Emilia Clarke, 33, suffered two brain aneurysms during her early years on Game of Thrones, which she only made public back in March. With the second one, Emilia had began to reach worldwide fame with her role in Game of Thrones as the Mother of Dragons.
The British actress said she was worried she was going to be recognised during her time in hospital in the United States.
Emilia opened up about the horrendous time in her life to Wonderland magazine, spilling: “[With] the second one, I lost a lot of hope; I lost a lot of optimism. That’s insane bad luck.
“But there I was in a f***ing American hospital with drains coming out of my head, fully swollen, full of all the drugs they give you, and all I could think was, ‘please don’t recognise me, please don’t recognise me, please don’t recognise me’.”
Emilia said she understands the fame side comes with her job, but noted struggles she has experienced while out and about during tough times in her life.
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She continued: “This is where you very quickly sound like a complete f***king d**k because we signed up for this, we asked for this, it’s part of the job.
“And then you’re in a shopping centre with your mum who is crying over your recently dead dad and someone comes up and asks you for a picture and you say no and they’re like, ‘I expected better from you, I thought more of you than that’.”
On BBC Breakfast this summer, Emilia spoke about setting up her charity, SameYou, which helps raise money for people recovering from brain injuries and strokes.
Explaining why helping others is important to her, she said: “It’s something that has been perceived to happen to older people. Therefore, when you’re a young person experiencing it, there’s a whole host of other mental health aspects that largely go unnoticed.
“That’s what I care about incredibly deeply because that’s what I experienced as a young person who had it.”
Speaking to The New York in March, Emilia admitted she “nearly lost her mind” as she candidly spilled details on her traumatic few years.
The Mother of Dragons star said she was rushed to hospital after she felt as if an elastic band was “squeezing” her brain.
An aneurysm can develop in any blood vessel including the brain and if it ruptures can cause severe headaches, sickness and vomiting and extensive brain damage, according to the NHS.
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Meanwhile, Emilia opened up on her time on Game of Thrones, revealing she would “cry in the bathroom” before certain scenes.
Her role as Daenerys Targaryen required her to take her clothes off in the first few seasons.
In an interview with Dax Shepherd on his podcast Armchair Expert, Emilia said she hadn’t realised nudity was expected in her first scenes but added she believed if it was in the script, then it was “needed”.
“I took the job and then they sent me the scripts and I was reading them, and I was like, ‘Oh, there’s the catch,'” she told the podcast.
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“But I’d come fresh from drama school and I approached it as a job.
“If it’s in the script then it’s clearly needed, this is what this is and I’m going to make sense of it. Everything’s going to be cool.”
“Regardless of there being nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking I’m not worthy of requiring anything,” she added. “I’m not worthy of needing anything at all.”
Read the full interview in Wonderland Magazine, which is available now.
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