From filling in Linda Hamilton’s shoes as the iconic Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys to playing the Mother Of Dragons in Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke has portrayed some of the strongest female characters. She even went through grueling training for Terminator Genisys, spending hours every day on weapons training and keeping her diet restricted to make sure she looked the part.

Clarke was named the sexiest woman alive by Esquire in 2015. But when talking to Teen Vogue, the message she gave to her younger self implied that she was not always as confident with her body.

Clarke’s Message To Her Younger Self

Clarke spoke to Teen Vogue in 2016 and did a video titled Emilia Clarke Gives Advice to Her Younger Self. She spoke words of encouragement, pushing her younger self to stay strong and keep pushing forward. She also assured her teenage self that she was not as fat as she thought she was. 

The actress also quipped that her 18-year-old self could party and drink but didn’t need to give in to the peer pressure. 

You can go to the parties, and you can have fun at the parties, but you don’t need to do everything that I was doing, you know, ain’t nothing wrong with a diet coke. 18-year-old Emilia, I’m gonna quote the sunscreen song at you, 'You are not as fat as you think you are.'

She Follows Clean and Lean Diet

The celebrated actress has come a long way since her teenage days, and now more than ever, her professional commitments require her to be at her best, both physically and mentally. In pursuit of her well-being, the Game of Thrones star follows the Clean and Lean diet created by Bodyism founder James Duigan.

Unlike how she followed a stringent diet while getting in shape for Terminator Genisys, the Clean and Lean diet is a lot more lenient and allows for a more balanced and long-term approach.

Clarke credits Duigan and his program for her healthy eating habits and even posed alongside him in 2016. The snap was uploaded on her Instagram for all to see.

Clarke Survived Two Brain Aneurysms

Clarke follows a very healthy lifestyle and is in great shape. But back in 2011, when she had just finished filming the first season of Game of Thrones, she was struck by the first of two brain aneurysms she would go through. She recounted her experience when writing for The New Yorker.

On February 11, 2011, as she was getting dressed in the gym locker room, she felt a headache coming. She pushed through and completed the first few exercises. But when she got into a plank position, she was assaulted by a painful sensation of something squeezing her brain. Taking a break, she made her way to the toilet.

I reached the toilet, sank to my knees, and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill. Meanwhile, the pain - shooting, stabbing, constricting pain - was getting worse.

Luckily, the surgery got rid of her aneurysm, and a second small aneurysm which could turn into a problem later on was discovered. Clarke had her second aneurysm removed before the filming of Game of Thrones’ fourth season.