FOUR YEARS AGO, when Emilia Clarke was fresh out of drama school and “working six jobs to pay the rent,” she got a call from her agent: She had 24 hours to prepare for an audition for a new HBO show called Game of Thrones. “I called in sick to my catering job and Wikipedia-ed the crap out of it,” recalls the 27-year-old London-based actress, who landed the part of Daenerys “Dany” Targaryen four days later. “To be employed by HBO, I was like, ‘I can die now.’” These days, she flies off to locales like Malta, Croatia, and Morocco to film the fantasy series, the fourth season of which just premiered. Though her role—a displaced, white-blonde queen with three dragons as charges—is arguably the most memorable in a show full of unforgettable characters, the Emmy-nominated Clarke herself goes unrecognized most of the time, thanks to her natural brown hair and decidedly contemporary wardrobe. Today, she’s wearing white Topshop skinny jeans, a Helmut Lang tank top, and Tory Burch wedge sandals, a far cry from Daenerys’ signature flowing togas. - Emilia Clarke (Marie Claire May 2014 x, x)
The strangler is a rare poison, which makes the person unable to breathe. The poison is made from plants that are only found on islands in the Jade Sea. The leaves of the plant are picked and aged, then soaked in a wash of limes, sugar water and rare spices from the Summer Islands. The leaves are then discarded, but the liquid is kept and thickened with ash and allowed to crystallize. It turns a deep purple color.