Emilia Clarke Biography, Filmography, sexy photos

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It seems almost everyone who knows of Emilia Clarke – and that’s everyone who watches Game of Thrones and a whole lot who don’t – know her as the exiled, haughty blonde queen ‘across the Narrow Sea’, Daenerys Targaryen.

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The HBO series has caught on like the proverbial house on fire, and she’s now a familiar face and figure with her own persona that’s an integral part of the ongoing story. There’s more to her story, however, than Game of Thrones.

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It may be a bit of a stretch to claim a three-year-old was seized by a ‘passion’ for acting but that’s the report about Emilia Clarke. Her father’s job as a theatre sound engineer had him working backstage at a production of Show Boat, Emilia’s Mum took her to see it and the rest is history – in the making, as it were. In fact, a good bit of childish exuberance comes through both in her acting roles and in her interviews; it’s part of what makes her so appealing to so many fans.

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Emilia’s birthplace was in London, on October 23, 1986, but the family including her older brother moved to the Berkshire countryside and she attended St. Edward’s School of Oxford from 2000 to 2005. She had her first acting roles in two plays produced at that school, then went on to the Drama Centre London, a well-regarded institution where she got ten more stage roles under her belt and onto her resume.

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During that time she also participated in a short ‘student’ film where her budding abilities were quite obvious. In that film she was a teenager in a turbulent relationship with a married man, and she’s very, very believable. She’s also impressive in two 2009 guest appearances on Doctors, the BBC drama, in which she plays a rebellious teenager called Saskia defying a protective Dad, both of them fixated on the girl’s mother who abandoned them when Saskia was ten years old.

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Her first full-length film, in 2010, was a made-for-TV science fantasy flick called Triassic Attack, (or was it Jurassic?) and it was not what she would call a winner. Emilia played the part of a rebellious teenager again, this time in a small American town where a native Indian tribe’s ancient lands are about to be desecrated and a lot of dinosaur bones get animated to drive away the intruders. Emilia got better reviews than the film did, and she figures it was good experience (especially since she got to spend time in Bavaria for the filming.)

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Emilia has a talent for drama, no question about that. In 2013 she starred as Holly Golightly in Richard Greenburg’s adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The play ran at the Cort Theatre on Broadway and co-starred Cory Michael Smith. It got mixed but generally poor reviews, mostly due to its somber atmosphere as opposed to the lighter version popularized by Audrey Hepburn in 1961.

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However as compensation the audience was treated to a vision of Emilia and Cory Michael in a bathtub with only a few bubbles in the way of costume. Critics called the baring of bodies ‘unnecessary’ and some professed shock that the British actress seemed to have no qualms. Others pointed out that a lot more skin was shown in episodes of Game of Thrones, and Emilia agreed – she wasn’t worried at all.

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So it’s unsurprising that when she filmed Terminator: Genisys in 2015 with Arnold Schwarzenegger and had to get mostly naked again, she had no problem with that either. Fifth in the Terminator saga, Genisys stars Emilia as Sarah Connor alongside Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke (no relation). Much has been made of the movie’s advertising poster that featured a close-up view of Emilia’s posterior: she told reporters that the shot was taken without her knowledge, but she considers it a compliment, so no worries.

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Reviewers were not terribly kind to the film’s plot, but gave credit to the actors overall. Talking about making the movie, Emilia commented that the worst parts were trying to drive the Brink’s Truck and learning to handle heavy weapons (shooting at adversaries “over and over and over” on re-takes). As for the more romantic scenes, “Naked in a harness was fun – doing stunts, that was good. That was interesting.”

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Certainly her experience on Thrones gives her an edge, since she’s been playing the super-tough Daenerys for six seasons or more than five years now. What with dragons and other fearsome perils in most every episode, Emilia has to stay on her toes and in top shape, which she appears to be doing quite well indeed.

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Still, this energetic and enthusiastic young actress has taken on other projects as well. Me Before You was released in June of this year; plot-wise it’s about as far from terminators and thrones as one can get.

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In this one Emilia gets a chance to be more of what she thinks of as her ‘real self’ – a bubbly optimistic young woman who takes on the care of a quadriplegic played by Sam Claflin.

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Sam, as William Traynor, is a wealthy young daredevil whose motorcycle accident leaves him paralyzed and deeply embittered. Louisa Clark (Emilia) is a small town English girl who’s looking for a way to help her much less than wealthy family. “Lou felt like such a perfect extension of me,” said Emilia of her role. Far from the kick butt persona she’s perfected as Daenerys, Louisa is innocently cheerful and upbeat – and of course eventually she persuades Sam to share at least some of her optimism.

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Emilia Clarke is a fairly complex person at her current age of almost-thirty; she’s the girl next door – and she was voted “Sexiest Woman in the World” by Esquire Magazine last year (2015). She’s the Mother of Dragons and keeps getting nominated for Emmys for that role – and she’s seldom recognized on the street without the long blond wig that defines Daenerys. If you watch her interviews, she’s funny and self-effacing and full of herself all at the same time.

26 Jan 2012 --- Emilia Clarke --- Image by © Williams + Hirakawa/Corbis Outline

26 Jan 2012 — Emilia Clarke — Image by © Williams + Hirakawa/Corbis Outline

 

It appears that Miss Clarke has plenty of options in her future, and it will be fun to see what she gets up to next. From latest reports, it will not be another Terminator role, but it will be another season of Thrones, and she told Glamour Magazine that if she had her way, Daenerys will end up Queen of the whole shebang -she and her three Dragons. It may well come to pass.

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Ana de Armas, War Dogs, Hands of Stone, filmography, photos, biography

Ana de Armas, War Dogs, Hands of Stone, filmography, photos, biography...

Not long ago GQ Magazine made the observation, or maybe prediction, that Ana de Armas “. . . is taking over Hollywood”.  A fairly extravagant statement, but in this case, where there’s smoke, there’s definitely fire.  Ana de Armas is a small Cuban force to be reckoned with.

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Ana was born in 1988 in Havana, grew up there and at the age of fourteen was accepted to the National Theatre School, a highly prestigious institution that takes only twelve new students each year.

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Precisely what talents and traits were developed prior to that are mostly unknown at this point, and her first appearance onscreen came after only two years, in a film called Una rosa de Francia. In 2007 she landed major roles in two more Spanish films, Madrigal and edén perdido.

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When she moved to Madrid at the age of eighteen and got a starring role in a Spanish series called El Enternado, her portrayal of Carolina Leal, a central character who tended towards hair-raising adventures, began to generate more than local interest.

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That show, by the way, is well worth a peek as it shows pretty clearly the potential of the teenager she was at the time. From that series Ana went on to another TV series, Havania, la leyenda, and several short films that didn’t get much attention.

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In 2014 Ana took herself and her resume to Los Angeles, figuring that if she wanted a career as an actress in the big time that was her best move.  It seems that she figured correctly, and she has the credits to prove it.

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She landed quite a few roles in films that did not become blockbusters, in fact some of them virtually disappeared from the movie news, but when she was teamed up with Keanu Reeves in 2015 it was Knock Knock – and here she is.

That film is more a semi-erotic horror story than anything else, but according to Ana it was great fun to make. She told an interviewer that Reeves’ innate tendency to remain aloof in emotional situations – and his dislike of the ‘touchy-feelie’ behavior of fans or even co-stars made it a delightful challenge to try and overreach the boundaries.

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There was quite a bit of ad lib action, mostly condoned by director Eli Roth, and overall the film served to highlight Ana’s acting talents.Ana de Armas, War Dogs, Hands of Stone, filmography, photos, biography,,,..

If you watch a few of her interviews, the contrast between characters she plays and the sweet-faced, guileless young woman is amazing.  Ana comes across as a basically untouched and innocent presence, though she has developed a professional surface that may or may not be a veneer.

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She’s as wide-eyed and enthusiastic as a kid when speaking to the movie press, but she has no problem projecting powerful emotions – including some serious rage – when the part calls for them.

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Of her work in Knock Knock, Ana says that she learned a great deal from Keanu, that the role was challenging but overall a very enjoyable experience. In another interview – in which her Spanish accent is much more pronounced than her screen character’s – she also noted that all of the three main characters in Knock Knock considered themselves victims, which made the action and dialogue believable even though some critics dismissed the film as lacking depth

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It’s not only interesting but downright impressive that when Ana first arrived in Los Angeles she barely spoke English. She had already completed filming on Hands of Stone, co-starring with Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez.

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The ‘boxing flick’ was filmed in Panama and is due for release this month; it’s likely that her role as the wife of Roberto Duran (Ramirez) was one that clinched her determination to find roles featuring strong women with notable contributions to character and plot – not just ‘the wife’.

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Ana has another film, due out this week in fact, that leaves something to be desired on that account, but still gives her a chance to demonstrate her considerable acting talents.  War Dogs (like Hands of Stone) is based on a true story, this one involving two small-time arms dealers who run afoul of the big guys, i.e. the U. S. government and the competition.  She plays the girlfriend in this case, and can hardly be heard over the gunfire and shouting, so we’ll have to wait for the next one, which is also coming soon.

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Ana de Armas has stated that she wants to try all kinds of roles . . . “I want to do everything,” she says

 Filmography

 2016Overdrive (post-production) Stephanie
 2016War Dogs Iz
 2016/IIIExposed Isabel De La Cruz
 2015Anabel Cris
 2013Faraday
 2012Perrito chino (Short) Sabina
 2011El callejón Rosa / Laura
 2010-2011Hispania, la leyenda (TV Series) Nerea

 2007-2010El internado (TV Series) Carolina Leal Solís

 2009Y de postre, qué (Short) Girl
 2009Mentiras y gordas Carola
 2008Revelados (TV Series)
 2007El edén perdido (TV Movie)
 2007Madrigal Stella Maris (as Ana Celia de Armas)
 2006Una rosa de Francia Marie (as Ana Celia de Armas)

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So far has offered the best indication of her potential – apart from her lovely person and winsome personality. The carefully guarded details of her latest project allow a lot of conjecture but not much more.  It’s already getting substantial publicity, since it’s a sequel to the 1982 hit Sci-Fi thriller .  will see Harrison Ford reprising his role as Richard Deckard, and Ana has “a leading role”.

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So far Knock Knock has offered the best indication of her potential – apart from her lovely person and winsome personality. The carefully guarded details of her latest project allow a lot of conjecture but not much more.  It’s already getting substantial publicity, since it’s a sequel to the 1982 hit Sci-Fi thriller Blade RunnerBlade Runner 2 will see Harrison Ford reprising his role as Richard Deckard, and Ana has “a leading role”.

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Exactly what that role is has been kept under wraps, though filming is reportedly underway as of last month.  Also starring Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista, whose precise roles are also undisclosed at present, the movie is scheduled to be out in October of 2017.  When asked about the specifics and her role in the film Ana made one of the most quotable quotes we’ve heard lately- though we’re pretty sure it’s been made before.  “It’s the future.  Anything can happen,” she said,  and that is most certainly the case for Ana de Armas.

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