Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke explains why she danced the 'Funky Chicken' at her Khaleesi audition

Unfortunately, she won't be busting out any moves on screen

Jack Shepherd
Monday 23 May 2016 14:33 BST
Daenerys in Game of Thrones
Daenerys in Game of Thrones (HBO)

Imagine: you’ve been flown out to Los Angeles to audition for an unknown new series about swords and dragons.

You’ve just finished reading the lines for a character called Daenerys, and you ask the showrunners if there’s anything else they need. David Benioff turns around and says “sure, why don’t you give us a dance?”

Whereas most people would perhaps give a little jiggle as a joke, Emilia Clarke went full throttle, bursting into the ‘Funky Chicken’, winning over the hearts of everyone in the room and securing her role as Khaleesi in Game of Thrones.

Speaking to Variety, the actor elaborated on the story, revealing how she was “jacked up” on Diet Coke. Having stuck to a stringently healthy diet, the soft drink was enough to send her buzzing, leading to the ‘Funky Chicken’ performance.

Unfortunately, Clarke also revealed the dance won’t feature in Game of Thrones at any stage, as when she has previously tried to make her character funny it ‘didn’t work’.

In other GOT news, the preview for episode six of season six has debuted online, hinting at rebellion in King’s Landing.

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