Emilia Clarke has recalled her ‘disastrous’ Broadway debut.
That game of Thrones Star, 35, will make her West End stage debut as Nina in a production of Anton Chekhov’s 1896 play The Seagull.
Ahead of the show’s run, Clarke discussed her debut Broadway performance, starring in a 2013 production as Holly Golightly alongside Cory Michael Smith’s Fred and George Wendst’s Joe Bell Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Clarke has been widely panned by publications including The New York Times and diversitywith some critics suggesting that she was miscast in the role.
Clarke called it a “catastrophic failure.”
“It just wasn’t ready yet. was i ready No, I definitely wasn’t ready. i was a baby I was so young and inexperienced,” she said.
Clarke – who was in the process of filming game of Thrones when she played along Breakfast at Tiffany’s – was about 26 years old at the time.
Before her role in The SeagullClarke said, “It’s ten times scarier because there’s going to be people who want to leave and say, ‘Well, she can only act on camera, she clearly can’t act on stage’, which is obviously the biggest fear.”
Speaking of the audience reception at her upcoming play, Clarke said, “Hopefully they’ll come and go. ‘We just came to see the mother of dragons, oh how frustrating, she’s not on a dragon, that’s not what I paid for.’
“Spoilers: I am not on a kite at any point during this play. But hopefully, as a kind of little extra, they get to enjoy this piece that they might not otherwise have seen.”
The Seagull – which also stars Tom Rhys Harries – runs from 30 June to 10 September at the Harold Pinter Theater in London.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/emilia-clarke-broadway-debut-catastrophic-failure-b2109454.html Emilia Clarke opens up about planned Broadway debut nearly a decade later: ‘It was a disastrous failure’