For Emilia Clarke, playing Khaleesi on Game of Thrones—and catapulting to A-list fame—has its benefits and drawbacks, particularly when it comes to dating. "I think in the early days I second-guessed everyone," Clarke told Harper's Bazaar in the magazine's December cover story. "I mean, I do that in life anyway, but especially with fame and becoming successful, and strangers knowing you more than your circle of friends, I would worry about what people thought of me. Then you get to a point where you're like, 'You know what? I'm okay.'"
Clarke admits she doesn't believe in just "one" Prince Charming-soulmate anymore. "You'd love to, though, right? You'd love to believe there is just one. There is 'the one' for particular parts of your life—you change as you get older. So when I was in my teens, there was 'the one' for my teens, for sure, and then, you know, there's 'the one' for the next time of your life. There's this Buddhist philosophy that says you can only really understand yourself through your interactions with other people."
Outside of dating, Clarke also told Harper's Bazaar that she's a little sick of people making a big deal about Game of Thrones' nudity. "I'm starting to get really annoyed about this stuff now because people say, 'Oh, yeah, all the porn sites went down when Game of Thrones came back on.' I'm like, 'The Handmaid's Tale?' I fucking love that show, and I cried when it ended because I couldn't handle not seeing it. That is all sex and nudity. There are so many shows centered around this very true fact that people reproduce. People fuck for pleasure—it's part of life."
Read Harper's Bazaar's full cover story with Clarke here.