During an interview for EW, Podeswa shares information about the show and the fact Clarke gave an outstanding speech with minimal rehearsal.
The particular scene that he references saw Emilia‘s character, Daenerys Targaryen, order the execution of one of three Meereenese noblemen – originally, she was supposed to give the speech in English, however, she took the challenge upon herself to deliver it in Valyrian.
Jeremy said, “There’s usually a lot of preparation for that sort of thing and so much consideration that goes into it and she had quite a big monologue before she sets the guy on fire. I went over to Emilia and I was like, ‘I know this is a really big ask, but do you think you could figure out a way to do this in Valyrian?’
She said, ‘Yeah, sure, I think I can do this.’ And I’m all, ‘Really?’ Then she went off and cobbled together things that [Daenerys] had said in the past that made sense. She came back in 10 minutes and had this whole monologue down.”
Continuing to praise the actress, “I just had to hand it to Emilia for taking on the challenge and making it completely credible. Every single take, every intonation, and the way she phrased everything, you completely understood what she was meant to be saying. Then the subtitles all seeming authentic to what she was doing. She knew the language well enough at that point to make it all work. It wasn’t tracking perfectly in Valyrian, but no fan ever noticed it. She did an amazing job.”
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