Emilia Clarke is Glamour Magazine‘s May 2016 cover star, which allows me the only legitimate opportunity I’ll ever have to utter the phrase, “YASS QUEEN” without sounding like a total douche canoe. Okay, fine, I still sound like a douche canoe, but I think we can all agree that there’s nothing unlovable or un-regal about Clarke. From her role as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones (the role that, quite frankly, catapulted her to superstardom) and her upcoming part across from Sam Claflin in the movie adaptation of Me Before You—a film that’s basically going to wreck you—to her jewelry campaign for Dior, there’s nothing Clarke doesn’t benefit from her influence.
Her feature interview for Glamour‘s May issue is no exception. In it, she talks about growing up as a relative normal in Berkshire, England, her sudden rise to fame, her relationship with Seth MacFarlane, and how Khaleesi has impacted her life IRL. The whole thing is really worth a read, but take a look at some of the best quotes from the interview below:
1. On feminism:
“In terms of feminist issues, my mom never told me, like, ‘It’s gonna be tough. You’ve got boobs.’ But I saw that there was no difference between my mom and my dad in terms of what they were capable of because of their genders.”
Because there is no difference, obviously. And, actually, this more casual approach to feminism and gender equality is kind of exactly what we need in this world of fierce opinions and loud talkers.
2. On making smart career choices:
“If I had kids and they asked, Do you want [me] to be an actor? I would say, If there’s anything else that you can imagine doing, do that—’cause there’s so much heartache and failure and sh*ttiness that doesn’t get on the front of the magazine.”
Yeah, I can see that. She goes on to talk about the cons of dating someone in the public eye, and honestly, it all sounds a bit exhausting.
3. On women and Game of Thrones:
“If you look at Game of Thrones on face value—blood, tits, dragons, swearwords—you’re like, Oh, this must be for guys. But if you take that away, the story lines are fascinating depictions of the struggle for power. And women are in on that conversation!”
I’m just in this for the direwolves, TBH.
4. On being a typical twentysomething:
“Within the space of time between them saying, ‘You’ve got the part of Khaleesi’ and now, I lost my power. I found it. I lost it. I found it. As a woman—no, as a young adult you spend your twenties figuring out who you are and what you want to do; it’s a scary time. There are days when I feel like the less strong version of myself.”
Stars—they’re just like us!
5. On literally being Khaleesi:
“I know I’m gonna put the f**king wig on and go out there and let her refulfill me.”
This is probably how Kylie Jenner feels.
6. On becoming empowered after a terrible situation:
“Well, Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s arranged marriage [in Season 1], and the customary rape that followed—ask [Game of Thrones author] George R.R. Martin why he did that, ’cause that’s on him. But I thought the consensual sex she has thereafter was genius. She is physically saying, ‘You can’t rape me again. I’m going to be in control and show you something you’ve never seen before.’ At the heart of it, we’re telling a story; you need that part of the story to feel empathy for Daenerys. You see her attacked by her brother, raped by her husband, and then going, ‘F**k all of you, I’m gonna rule the world.'”
7. On the good things in life:
“I bow at the altar of Kristen Wiig.”
Don’t we all?
8. On her life goals:
“I want to see Daenerys and her three dragons share the throne. Eat goat they’ve barbecued. And bring back all the pretty boys, get them to take their trousers down, and be like, ‘I’m now the queen of everything! I’d like close-ups of all the boys’ penises, please.'”
9. And, of course, on the struggle of finding necessary items:
We’re still waiting on Justin Bieber‘s response.