Emilia Clarke is Is Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive and poses for a provocative photo black-and-white shoot and behind-the-scenes video that all go to show just how and why the ‘Game of Thrones’ star won the honor this year.

Emilia Clarke

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The 28-year-old British actress has become a major star thanks to HBO’s wildly — and we do mean wildly! — popular ‘Game of Thrones.’ The craze and the frenzy over the George R.R. Martin fantasy spectacle is at a zenith right now and it’s no surprise that Emilia Clarke might reap this particular benefit.

When not portraying Daenerys Targaryen, admittedly a sometimes brutal warrior, more than a few have noted that she’s worthy of the title, to say nothing of the sultry pinup girl photos. Yes, these photos have quickly gone viral, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it become one of ‘Esquire’s most iconic. Her glamour evokes that of the 1940s and 1950s Hollywood stars, much like a Rita Hayworth or an Ava Gardner or even a young Joan Crawford.

The interview, as is often the case with these feature stories, runs the gamut of topics with the emerging major star, who’s already received an Emmy nomination for her work in ‘Game of Thrones’ and whose luminous and powerful presence will soon greet us on the big screen as she takes on the iconic role of Sarah Connor in the ‘Terminator’ franchise.

She spoke about her early beginnings in acting and also spoke about how her role on ‘Game of Thrones’ came about. She said of her audition, “I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R. R. Martin] books.” She went on to say, “So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’d the living crap out of it.”

She said that her understanding of the character was “someone who could grow before your eyes in one season, who could gather strength and show vulnerability, they wanted the arc…”

While as is typical, that the many, many gorgeous black and white photos may cause some to skim through the lengthy feature article, it is, for fans, a must read!

You can see the complete feature and all of the photos of Emilia Clark, Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive here. See the behind-the-scenes video below!

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