Why Emilia Clarke Considers Her Past Brain Hemorrhages a ‘Good Thing’

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December 03, 2019 - 8:43 am

Emilia Clarke is choosing to see her life-threatening hemorrhages as a blessing in disguise.

The actress, best known for her role of Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO drama “Game of Thrones,” is speaking out about the subarachnoid hemorrhages she suffered at the age of 24.

Clarke, who suffered two hemorrhages at around the same time her career was taking off, credits the health scare with keeping her grounded.

"I definitely think it's a good thing," Clarke told The Observer. "Having a brain hemorrhage that coincided precisely with the beginning of my career and the beginning of a show that became something quite meaty, it gave me a perspective that I wouldn't have otherwise."

In February 2011, as “GOT” wrapped up filming and geared up for the premiere, Clarke underwent one of two brain surgeries, which was followed by an extensive recovery period.

Her return to set was brief because in 2013, the star learned of a “smaller aneurysm” that doctors said could pop at any time. She underwent a second surgery.

In addition to her health woes, the 33-year-old also lost her father to cancer in 2016.

She believes both events made her stronger and allowed her to cope properly with the impending pressures of fame.

"I'm quite a resilient human being, so a parent dying and brain hemorrhages coinciding with success and people following you in the street and getting stalkers — you're just like, 'Well, let's try and make something sensible of it,"' she admitted.

The "Last Christmas" star kept her health struggles private until earlier this year when she detailed her experience and hospitalization in a personal essay for the New Yorker.

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