Emilia Clarke has banned fans from taking pictures with her after someone asked for a selfie – while she was having a panic attack, the UK Metro reports.
During an appearance on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, the Game Of Thrones favourite recalled the moment a man approached her for a snap, despite her being in floods of tears.
‘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,’ the 33-year-old began.
‘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. I’m crying and crying, 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”.’ And Emilia revealed that the interaction left her questioning how she deals with fans.
‘So I started to say, I’m not going to take a photo but I will sign something,’ she continued.
‘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’.
‘It turns into, “Right, what’s your name? Who am I making it out to?” ‘Then 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 that nice for you.’
‘When someone asks for a selfie, I want to be able to provide for them what they’re after.
‘I signed up for it, I knew what was going on… I’m just trying to navigate how I can do it without feeling like my soul is completely empty, because they don’t really want to talk to you.’
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