Emilia Clarke Opens Up About Effects Of Her Aneurysm: ‘A Bit Of My Brain Died’

Andie Manahan

April 9, 2019

Just weeks after Emilia Clarke’s shocking revelation of her life-threatening aneurysms, she’s opening up about the long-term effects suffering two brain hemorrhages have left her with.


In a profile interview on CBS Sunday Morning, Emilia revealed that a piece of her brain died after the second bleed in her brain happened.


“I was in the gym, and the most excruciating pain, like an elastic band just went like snap in my head and an enormous amount of pressure suddenly. And then very, very, very quickly I realized I couldn’t stand and I couldn’t walk. And in that moment, I knew I was being brain-damaged,” she shared, recalling her first incident in February of 2011, which she later found out was a hemorrhagic stroke.


She got the surgery just in time and also recovered in time to shoot GoT’s second season. “”It’s like, ‘Hey, thanks for giving me the job. Super appreciate it. I just had a little thing. It’s fine. I’m fine,’ and so I was pretty much fine,” she said.


When it happened a second time, two years later, “So, the second one, there was a bit of my brain that actually died,” Emilia 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.”


“I always say it’s my taste in men that’s no longer there! That’s the part of my brain, yeah, my decent taste in men,” she quipped, referring to how losing that bit of her brain has affected her.


Doctors are unsure what part of her brain has died, but thought it may be related to her concentration or peripheral vision. She, however, had concerns that she might have lost the ability to act.


“That was a deep paranoia, from the first one as well,” she admitted. “I was like, ‘What if something has short-circuited in my brain and I can’t act anymore?’ I mean, literally it’s been my reason for living for a very long time.”


She also went on to reveal that recovery had been hard on her. “The first time, it was difficult. But the second one, I found it much harder to stay optimistic,” she said. “That was very much a day-to-day thing, and I definitely went through a period of being down.”


It was playing Daenerys, who is such a strong female character, on Game Of Thrones, which actually helped her through the recovery process.


“You go on set and you play a bada– and you walk through fire, and that became the thing that just saved me from considering my own mortality,” she said.


While she loves playing Dany, earlier in the interview, she was asked what the difference was between herself and the character she plays onscreen, “My sense of humor, and that I have one,” Emilia quipped.


She recently launched an organization called Same You, which she announced on social media.


“@sameyouorg is ready to hear your stories, how you recovered and what could have made that recovery experience better. By hearing your stories we can build a case for an improved aftercare experience for all in the future…who wouldn’t want that!” she wrote on Instagram.


Emilia has been inspiring legions of fans on and off the screen.


And for those who have missed her in her role as Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen,First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea,Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons, we’ll soon see her return to TV when Game Of Thrones’ final season drops on April 14.