Emilia Clarke has discussed how suffering two brain aneurysms while filming “Game of Thrones” impacted her.
Emilia Clarke claims that she had two aneurysms while portraying Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones in 2011 and 2013. The star discussed her health in a recent interview with BBC One’s Sunday Morning.
“Given how much of my brain I can’t utilize anymore,” she told the site, “it’s incredible that I’m still able to converse, sometimes coherently, and live my life regularly with no adverse effects.” “I’m one of the very, very, very few individuals who can pull it off.”
Clarke initially revealed her health issues in 2019 when reflecting on her tenure on HBO’s successful drama. Following the aneurysms, she was diagnosed with aphasia, a language problem caused by damage to a specific portion of the brain that makes it difficult to speak.
When asked how much damage her brain had sustained, Clarke said, “There’s a lot missing!” Which always makes me chuckle. Strokes kill any portion of your brain that does not get blood for even one second. So the blood finds an other path to circulate, but the bit it missed is lost.”
Clarke recalls a moment when she couldn’t even remember her own name. She has now founded the NGO SameYou to generate funds for neuro-rehabilitation for those who have suffered brain injuries or strokes.