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Emilia Clarke danced to land Game of Thrones role

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Mar 20, 2014 | 10:22am EDT

Actress Emilia Clarke had to enlist some unusual talents to help her land the role of dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones. The nervous 26 year old was so eager to please TV executives at her audition she agreed to show off her dancing skills. She says, "It was a lot of adrenaline, I was very nervous. It was a big deal. There were lots of people from (cable network) HBO there and I was kind of anxious and I did all of the scenes, and at the end, I said, 'Is there anything else I can do?' "(Showrunner David Benioff) then suggested I do a dance. So I did. I don't know how to do it, but I did the funky chicken and it kind of morphed into the robot and I heard some laughter and I thought, 'Comedy gold, this is brilliant. I'm nailing it'." Clarke did not initially land the part, but was eventually cast after British actress Tamzin Merchant was replaced for undisclosed reasons.

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