Esquire is here, as always, to tell us which woman is the sexiest one on the planet, and this year it's Emilia Clarke. Or, as you may know her, Game of Thrones' Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. Anyway, the 28-year-old gives the magazine an interview in which she does not, shockingly, discuss how surprised she was to be named 2015's sexiest woman alive, but does discuss how she got the GoT role.
"My agent calls me up and says, 'Did you ever go up for Game of Thrones?'" At that point, the pilot had already been filmed, but HBO was reconsidering the casting because people were unhappy with how it turned out. "My agent told the casting director, 'I know that the breakdown for this character is tall and willowy and blonde. I know she's short and round and brown, but I'd like you to see her,'" Clarke continues. "I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R. R. Martin] books. So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia'd the living crap out of it." (Meanwhile, sorry, there's no GoT movie in the works.)