‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Refuses to Take Selfies With Fans After This Frightening Incident

The recent anniversary of the death of John Lennon is a haunting reminder to every celebrity that, as much as they may want to show kindness to a fan, there is such a thing as allowing one to get too close.

Emilia Clarke
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Emilia Clarke recently learned this lesson.

Find out what happened that caused the Game of Thrones actress to once and for all close the door on taking photos with her fans.

This wasn’t the star’s first disturbing incident with a fan

The actress opened up earlier this month about how her experience on Game of Thrones has been a mostly happy one, except for the occasional stalking and relentless fans.

She opened up to The Guardian about her experience in early December. She told the outlet she finds the experience “confusing because having a relationship with people I don’t know is a big part of what I signed up for.”

“I care about what art does to people,” she continued. “But it carries with it a responsibility, and when you leave your front door you take that with you. And it’s a difficult path to navigate.”

The 33-year-old even described how she interprets the emotions running through one of her fans.

“Because sometimes you get grabbed physically and your instincts kick in. When you see shock being registered on someone else’s face, you’re like, ‘Where’s the danger?’ And then you realize, ‘oh, it’s me – I’m the danger.’”

Clarke recently suffered a panic attack

Speaking on the Table Manners podcast this week, the Last Christmas star explained what happened to her recently when she went through a panic attack.

“I was genuinely walking through an airport and I suddenly started having what I can only believe to be a panic attack brought on by complete exhaustion,” she told the podcast. “I was on my own, I was on the phone to my mum saying, ‘I feel like I can’t breathe, I don’t know what’s going on.’ I’m there and the tears are coming out.”

Celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Amanda Seyfried, John Mayer, Ellie Goulding, and Emma Stone have publicly shared about their panic attacks.

Seyfried told Glamour in 2011, “I still do get terribly nervous, and that’s partly due to the fact I think too much and overanalyze things,” she said.

Emilia Clarke’s panic attack and a fan’s bad timing

The Me Before You star continued, in her interview, relating her encounter in an airport, where she was short of breath, on the phone with her mother, and utterly afraid of something unknown. And then, a fan approached her.

“I’m crying and crying, [and] this guy’s like, ‘Can I get a selfie?’ And I was like, ‘I can’t breathe, I’m really sorry. Just having a minute.’ It was after a few moments like that where I was like, ‘I don’t know how to do this.’”

The actress conceded that, while selfies are out, she’s open to signing autographs for fans.

“When you do that, you have to have an interaction with that person, as opposed to someone just going, ‘Oi, give us a selfie, goodbye,’” she explained.

“[When I sign an autograph] you have a chat and you’re actually having a truthful human-to-human thing, as opposed to it being this other thing that probably isn’t nice for them and isn’t nice to you.”

Clarke seems to be the rare celebrity that sincerely cares for her fans. She simply wants to be sure to care for her well-being, as well.