In a sort of tribute to Dany, ‘Mother of Dragons’, one of the few principals left standing after the close of the fifth season of Game of Thrones a few weeks back, the front cover of July’s American Way features Emilia Clarke.

We got Guardian and Observer feature writer and GoT fan Tom Lamont to do the interview (he also did ‘Jon Snow’ for GQ back in January). It’s a reliably good read. Here’s how it starts:

Cruising past Santa Monica pier one morning in an air-conditioned SUV, outfitted for the California spring in pastel Prada and American Apparel, the actor Emilia Clarke recalls another drive – in a very different vehicle, in very different clothes, beside a very different passenger. She had on leathers and Doc Martens boots at the time, and she was driving a bullet-proofed Brink’s truck around a film set in New Orleans. Next to her: Arnold Schwarzenegger. The pair were filming scenes for a new installment in the Terminator franchise, Terminator: Genysis, out on 1st July. “So I’m carrying a Desert Eagle the size of my own head,” Clarke, 28, recalls, “wearing this wicked costume and driving this massive armoured truck…” She crashed. Schwarzenegger found it hilarious. He turned to his young co-star to say, in that way of his that has been iconic for more than three decades now, “Very naaaace.”





You can read the rest of the piece at the American Way website from 1 July. I also recommend reading Tom’s encounter with Dolly Parton, which you’ll find on his website.