Emilia Clarke doesn't identify with her strong female characters

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 April 2016
Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke thinks she is similar to her bonkers 'Me Before You' character Lou and admits she is "winging it" when she plays strong female characters

Emilia Clarke is "winging it" when she plays strong female characters.

The 29-year-old actress feels she is more akin to her clumsy, bonkers 'Me Before You' character Lou than her other roles.

Speaking to Total Film magazine she said: "Of the strong women I play, I'm winging it!

"I read it [Jojo Moyes' bestselling novel on which the film is based] and it just ... literally from the first chapter I was like, 'This is me! Oh my god, I've got to do it! Genuinely, never in my life, have I wanted a part more than this. The closest parallel I have is Bridget Jones, in essence. Doesn't quite think much of herself, doesn't think before she speaks, doesn't think before she acts, tends to fall and knock things over ... She just has a huge presence and a huge amount of energy and a lot of crazy thoughts running around her rather bonkers mind."

Emilia stars in the film that centres around athletic young banker Will Traynor - played by Sam Claflin - who is cut off in his prime due to a motorcycle accident leaving him in a wheelchair.

She said: "This falls in a whole new territory. It's equal parts comedy, equal parts drama - in the truest sense - and equal parts romance.

"She walks in all smiles and sunshine and meets this incredibly depressed, intelligent, wonderful man - they don't like each other at first. That's an understatement."

'Me Before You' is expected to be released in June.

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