Emilia Clarke Reveals How a Panic Attack Changed How She Interacts With Fans

A recent encounter with a fan forced Emilia Clarke to reconsider how she responds to selfie requests.

Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke has amassed countless fans for her performance as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, so it would make sense that she takes lots of selfies with those lucky enough to meet her. However, a recent incident with a fan has made her reconsider how to interact with them, as she revealed on Jessie Ware's Table Manners podcast.

While she was at an airport, Clarke said a fan approached her while she was having a panic attack. She added that the episode was "brought on by complete exhaustion," and she was even on the phone with her mother as she was approached. 

"I was on the phone to my mum saying, 'I feel like I can’t breathe, I don’t know what’s going on,'" she said. "I’m crying and crying, and this guy’s like, 'Can I get a selfie?' I was like, 'I can’t breathe, I’m really sorry.'"

As a result of the moment, she said she will now offer to sign something for a fan instead of taking a picture with them. Clarke added that she will also ask fans for their name, so that she can turn that moment into a "truthful human-to-human thing." 

She continued, "I signed up for [fame], I knew what was going on. So, I’ve just been trying to navigate how I can do it without feeling like my soul is completely empty, because they don’t really want to talk to you."

Listen to the full podcast here.

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