Emilia Clarke Seth MacFarlane Break Up: Is 'Game of Thrones' Star The Newest It Girl? [PHOTOS]

By Nancy Stiles March 20, 2013 3:48 PM EDT
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Emilia Clarke is HBO's newest It Girl.

Forget the cast of Girls, it's the Game of Thrones dragon lady you should know!

The British actress has been on the show since it premiered on HBO in April 2011. She plays Daenerys Targaryen and first made waves after her character breastfed baby dragons in season one. As Game of Thrones got more buzz, Clarke started showing up on the red carpet looking nothing like her white-wigged and often dirty Dothraki queen.

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"It takes a die-hard fan to actually spot me. These HBO events, where I'll be talking to someone for a fair amount of time, and then suddenly they're like, 'Oh shit! That's what you do!'—they think I'm some crazy Brit who snuck her way into a Hollywood party," she admitted to GQ.

Clarke is actually a 25-year-old brunette from Berkshire who studied at Drama Centre London. She got her big break when another actress, Tamzin Merchant, dropped out of the Game of Thrones pilot, and HBO re-shot it with Emilia Clarke as Daenerys.

Now, she's making her Broadway debut as Truman Capote's iconic call-girl-about-town, Holly Golightly, in the revival of Breakfast at Tiffany's with the best eyebrows this side of Lily Collins. The play is based on Capote's 1958 novella, which has a different ending than the 1961 movie starring Audrey Hepburn.

"Audrey Hepburn is one of my icons, and I love the movie and the novel, which the play is a direct adaptation of, but you can't mimic perfection," Clarke said last week. "People show up expecting to see Audrey from the movie, but it's an entirely different piece based off of the book. But I absolutely love playing Holly, she's sassier in the play than she was in the movie—everything is just sexier, really."

Though many of Capote's society swans claimed to be the inspiration for Holly Golightly, his first choice to play her was Marilyn Monroe. Emilia Clarke even has a nude scene onstage in a bubble bath, which set Game of Thrones fans into a frenzy when one of them snapped a grainy cell phone shot and posted it online, despite the fact that she's routinely topless on Game of Thrones. The New York Post reported that the theater beefed up security just to stop breathless fans from taking pictures.

Emilia Clarke also recently split from her boyfriend Seth MacFarlane, 39, whom she took as her date to HBO's Golden Globes Party in January. In his pre-Oscars hosting Entertainment Weekly cover story, MacFarlane said it was difficult to find privacy to date. "I will say, she [Emilia] is an incredibly kind, supremely talented person and son of the hardest-working people I have ever met," he said.

"It was really a location challenge. She has been in Europe shooting Game of Thrones and he is based in California, so it was hard to make it work despite the distance. They have remained friends," an anonymous source told E! News yesterday. She's also been linked with her Game of Thrones husband Jason Momoa, although he's married to Lisa Bonet in real life.

Her fellow HBO actresses Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke, from Girls have been getting all of the style attention over the last two years, but Emiliar Clarke is really upping the ante with Veronica Lake waves and dresses from modern designers like Victoria Beckham, Zac Posen, and Joseph Altuzarra.

Clarke is a big Girls fan, though. "I'd give my right arm to be, like, a random extra on Girls, just to walk past one of the scenarios. I'd love that more than anything," she said. Still, she can outdress any of Dunham's crew, and even does her own makeup for Breakfast at Tiffany's.

The makeup is a much simpler look that it was in the 1960s movie; the muted colors are really gorgeous. But I don't mind doing my own makeup for the show, my mother taught me how to put it on correctly when I was 13, so I feel quite comfortable applying it. It's really just powder, mascara, and a reddish-plum shade on my lips," she told Cosmopolitan, adding that she uses Bumble & Bumble hair serum on her dark locks.

Game of Thrones season 3 premieres on HBO March 31, but for now, Emilia Clarke will be exiting the stage door at the Cort Theater six nights a week—and we can't wait to see what she'll be wearing.

"There's not much I can do about all the people who come in and hope for Audrey Hepburn," she confessed to the New York Times. "I just hope they're not terribly disappointed." 



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