Me Before You: Khaleesi (aka Emilia Clarke) As You’ve Never Seen Her Before
Me Before You is a tragic love story in which Emilia Clarke plays Lou Clarke, a young woman from a struggling middle class family who has always put other people’s needs before her own. When she begins working for quadriplegic Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), however, her life changes drastically. Game of Thrones fans will recognize Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, the fearless Mother of Dragons, but in this film Clarke shows a whole different side of herself. Unlike the Khaleesi we all know and love, Lou Clarke is quirky, chatty, and endearingly clumsy.
This is the kind of character whose boundless energy and relentless positivity could easily come across as annoying. Fortunately, Emilia Clarke plays Lou with such authenticity that it is impossible not to root for her. She is not just a shallow prop for the male character, she is a fully realized person with her own goals and desires, as well as a hilariously blunt sense of humor. It might seem unlikely that a person could look natural in “leprechaun drag queen” heels or bumblebee tights, but Clarke pulls it off.
Anyone who watches Game of Thrones knows how fully Emilia Clarke embodies Daenerys, and her role as Lou Clarke further emphasizes her astonishing ability to completely inhabit a character, as well as her versatility. Her facial expressions are uniquely expressive, and make the character appear even more realistic. In addition, Clarke brings a comfort and confidence in herself to every role she plays, giving viewers a refreshingly authentic experience of the character. This could be a break out role for Clarke; after Me Before You audiences will be excited to see what she does next!