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Emilia Clarke’s reign as everyone’s favorite mother of dragons continues this month, as the actress is named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive for 2015. The 28-year-old actress is best known, of course, for playing Daenerys Targaryen, better known to fans as Dany, on the HBO mega hit Game of Thrones. She also took a stab at blockbuster super heroine stardom in Terminator Genisys over the summer.
The cover story and photos were posted on the Esquire website in the wee hours of the morning, and has already been shared on social media over three thousand times. It would seem that people just can’t get enough of Emilia Clarke.
In Game of Thrones, Dany has taken the reigns of popularity away from other favorites like Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) in the minds of many Game of Thrones fans. Her young character has been through an amazing amount in a relatively short time and grown to come out on top at almost every turn.
Dany began her Game of Thrones journey as a sibling-fondled, marriage-by-sale bride to another GOT favorite. But, the actress has turned her character into a mighty force to be reckoned with. She’s freed slaves and killed wrong doers in two lands, with no signs of stopping her unchecked badassery any time soon.
Two things strike me as interesting about Emilia Clarke. First, she's done the exact opposite of what most actors do when they land on a hit show and become popular; she hasn't taken the, presumably dozens, of opportunities she must have been presented with and tried to kick off a major movie career. Instead, she seems to be sticking with working on the HBO drama and choosing her big screen roles very carefully. Second, that one big-time film role was Sarah Conner, another seemingly timid, eventually kick ass lady-in-charge. Clarke seems determined to use her growing star power to play the baddest, and yet, most caring women around. And that suites me, and many of her fans, just fine.
Through it all Emilia Clarke has shown Dany to be tough, courageous and willing to take the advice of her advisors to heart and treat her ever growing community of subjects and employees with kindness and civility. I won’t say that no one else could have filled this role as well as she does, but with that in mind it’s hard to image anyone other than the 2015 Sexiest Woman Alive.