Emilia Clarke, best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, comes off as a fearless warrior and mother of dragons on the hit series, but behind the scenes, the young actress’ life has been chaotic and full of life-threatening health crises.
In a heartbreaking personal essay for The New Yorker, Clarke, 32, spoke out about the two aneurysms she secretly suffered while filming the show — both of which almost killed her.
“Just when all my childhood dreams seemed to have come true, I nearly lost my mind and then my life. I’ve never told this story publicly, but now it’s time,” admitted the star.
In the start of 2011, just when she had finished filming the first season of Game of Thrones, the issues began.