- Emilia Clarke has decided to not take anymore selfies with fans after someone tried to approach her mid-panic attack at an airport.
- The actress explained the encounter happened after she had reached “complete exhaustion” while traveling.
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is pleading for no more fan photos for the time being after a fan approached her for a selfie while the actress was experiencing a panic attack.
During an interview with Jessie Ware on the Table Manners podcast, Clarke recalled the experience and how it made her reconsider how she wants to interact with fans going forward.
“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. I was on my own, I was on the phone to my mum saying, ‘I feel like I can’t breathe, I don’t know what’s going on,’” said the actress. “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.’ It was after a few moments like that where I was like, ‘I don’t know how to do this.’”
The exchange convinced Clarke that she needed to take a break from constant fan selfies, but she’s still very much happy to sign autographs for fans when appropriately asked. The GoT star actually finds the experience of signing and small talk with fans a bit more meaningful as well.
“When you do that, you have to have an interaction with that person, as opposed to someone just going, ‘Oi, give us a selfie, goodbye,’” explained the actress. “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.”
The British actress recently starred in the holiday move Last Christmas alongside Henry Golding. The movie has gone on to make $100 million at the box office since it’s early November release.