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Emilia Clarke Danced The Funky Chicken During Her Game of Thrones Audition

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For six seasons, Emilia Clarke has played Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, a role that has earned her two Emmy nominations. But before that, she was just a British actress nervous about her audition for the show — so nervous, it seems, that she thought it would be a good idea to dance the Funky Chicken during that audition.

“[Game of Thrones showrunner] David Benioff was like ‘you can do a dance’ — like, as a joke,” Clarke told Jay Duplass on Variety Studio: Actors on Actors. “And I took him so seriously, because I was just so — I might as well have brought in a little apple, like, a teacher’s pet; I just wanted it so bad.”

She told Duplass that Game of Thrones fans would unfortunately probably not have the chance to witness a reenactment.

“I’ve tried to make [my character] funny, and it just doesn’t work,” she said. “Khaleesi isn’t funny.”


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