As the Game of Thrones star returns to screens in Sky’s Two Weeks to Live, she talks on-set scrapes, off-screen battles, and how the television industry could up its game overnightWhen Maisie Williams was shooting a fight scene in her latest TV project, Two Weeks to Live, she took a blow to the head. “I got hit a couple of times with a glass bottle,” she says, matter-of-factly over the phone. I can’t see her face but I can almost hear her smiling, a faint giggle detectable between sentences. “I also kicked my co-star in the chin and made his mouth bleed. Other than that, it was pretty scrape-free.”A kick in the face and multiple rounds of bottling might sound like the opposite of “scrape-free”, but perhaps it is for an actor such as Williams, best known for her role as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. As the noblewoman turned assassin, Williams’s fight scenes included some of the show’s most pivotal, such as the one in the bloody, battle-filled penultimate episode, The Long Night, which Williams trained for a year to film. Continue reading...
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Emilia Clarke says she's done taking selfies with fans after one approached her while she was having a panic attack
"Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke revealed in a new interview that she was done taking..."Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke revealed in a new interview that she was done taking selfies with fans. Clarke said the decision came after a fan approached her for a photo while she was in the midst of a panic attack. "I was genuinely walking through an airport, and I suddenly started having what I can only believe to be a panic attack brought on by complete exhaustion," the star explained. "I'm there and the tears are coming out. I'm crying and crying, this guy's like, 'Can I get a selfie?'" Clarke said that in the future, she was planning on autographing things for fans instead of taking pictures. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke said she's done taking selfies with fans, after one fan approached her while she was in the midst of a panic attack. "I was genuinely walking through an airport and I suddenly started having what I can only believe to be a panic attack brought on by complete exhaustion," Clarke said on Tuesday's episode of the Table Manners podcast. "I was on my own. I was on the phone to my mom saying, 'I feel like I can't breathe. I don't know what's going on.'" The "Last Christmas" actress said that her mom advised her to take a seat after Clarke started crying. "I'm there and the tears are coming out. I'm crying and crying, this guy's like, 'Can I get a selfie?' And I was like, 'I can't breathe, I'm really sorry. Just having a minute,'" Clarke said, adding, "It was after a few moments like that where I was like, 'I don't know how to do this.'" According to Clarke, going forward, she's planning on refusing photos with fans, but will still autograph things for them. "When you do that, you have to have an interaction with that person, as opposed to someone just going, 'Give us a selfie, goodbye,'" Clarke said. "It turns into, 'what's your name? Who am I making it out to?' Then you have a chat and you're actually having a truthful human-to-human thing, as opposed to it being this other thing that probably isn't nice for them and isn't nice to you." This isn't the first time Clarke has been open about her struggles with her mental and physical health. Earlier this year, she penned an emotional essay for the New Yorker, in which she revealed she'd suffered two brain aneurysms while filming HBO's "Game of Thrones." Read more: Emilia Clarke reveals she underwent brain surgery twice during 'Game of Thrones' and has now founded a charity for rehab access Emilia Clarke worried that she would lose her ability to act after 2 life-threatening brain aneurysms, but said filming 'Game of Thrones' helped her cope Emilia Clarke says she's been pressured to perform nude scenes so she doesn't disappoint 'Game of Thrones' fans Emilia Clarke stopped Googling herself and reading reviews within a year after 'Game of Thrones' premiered Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How to find water when you're stuck in the desert