Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke just revealed the harrowing truth behind her hospitalization for the brain aneurysm that almost killed her. Clarke sat down with CBS' Tracy Smith for an interview during which she shared photos of what she looked like after having undergone the major surgery needed to fix her brain.
In the interview, Clarke described both the physical and mental pain that overtook her during this difficult time of her life, saying that after the second surgery, "it was much harder to stay optimistic."
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After finding out a section of her brain actually died from lack of oxygen, Clarke said she worried she would never act again.
via: CBS Sunday MorningShe told Smith it was "a day to day thing." Continuing, "I definitely went through a period of being... down. Putting it mildly." She explained, "If a part of your brain doesn't get blood to it for a minute, it will just no longer work. It's like you short circuit. So, I had that." She continued by saying, "For a very long time, I thought it was my ability to act... that was a deep paranoia."
"So, they literally were looking at the brain and being like, 'Well, we think it could be... could be her concentration. It could be her peripheral vision...'"
via: CBS Sunday MorningBut the actress joked, "I always say it's my taste in men."
Clarke said it was actually playing Daenerys that helped her recover her confidence. It was that "badass character that ultimately saved [her] life." She said playing Daenerys left her "no time to question her mortality."
via: CBS Sunday Morning"You go on the set and you play a badass character, and you walk through fire, and that became the thing that kept me from considering my own mortality."
6 weeks after this hospital stay, Clarke was back at work on Game of Thrones.
via: CBS Sunday MorningBut soon after, she was back for a second surgery. She found it much harder to stay optimistic. But again, she recovered. Now, Clarke is using her renown to start a charity called Same You for others who have struggled with brain injuries like her own. "I really really really am going to put my heart, soul, and back into transforming aftercare for brain injury recovering. Simply bringing awareness to the invisible disease that is brain injury."
At 32, Clarke is officially in the clear now, but let's go back to what happened all the way back in 2011 when the aneurysm first happened.
via: CBS Sunday Morning"It was the beginning of 2011. I had just finished filming the first season of Game of Thrones, a new HBO series based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels..." She revealed in a poignant article for The New Yorker that she suffered not one but two major brain aneurysms while filming the show. Both almost cost her her life.