Emilia Clarke, star of hit HBO series Game of Thrones, has just been named Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire. This is not Clarke’s first men’s mag honor, either. The “Mother of Dragons” actress was also named GQ‘s Woman of the Year in September. And what better way to show that you’re sexy than by posing nude for the cover clad only in a sliver of silk sheet?
In an interview with AP, Lisa Hintelmann, Esquire‘s editorial projects director, called Clarke “the all-around favorite” when talking about why she was chosen for the cover. She went on to say that “Emilia Clarke is unforgettable in Game of Thrones and was hands down the number one choice of Esquire‘s staff, friends and family.”
Clarke can thank Game of Thrones for turning her acting career around. After graduating from the Drama Centre, in which she noted to Esquire in an interview that she wasn’t anyone’s favorite, she starred in a few episodes of British soap opera Doctors. According to the magazine, she had given herself a year’s timeline to make it and at that point, she hadn’t.
Game of Thrones was recasting the role of Khaleesi for the pilot at the time and despite the character calling for a tall and willowy blonde, Clarke auditioned for the role. “I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R. R. Martin] books,” Clarke said. “So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’d the living crap out of it.” And the rest is history.
Pick up a copy of the November issue of Esquire to read the full interview.