Sunday, February 5, 2023

Emilia Clarke Talks Brain Aneurysms: “It’s Amazing I Can Talk”

Emilia Clarke is grateful to have survived two brain aneurysms after losing “quite a bit” of the organ.

Clarke discussed her health issues on BBC’s Sunday Morning while promoting “The Seagull” at the Harold Pinter Theater. The actress’s West End debut.

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Clarke sustained two life-threatening brain aneurysms while working on the HBO series. Both emergencies required long recoveries. Clarke originally revealed her illness in 2019, saying she is now better.

Clarke: “It’s amazing that I can speak, sometimes articulately, and live my life normally with no ramifications.” “I’m in a small minority who can survive that.”

Clarke remembered brain scans following the incidents.

Clarke chuckled, “There’s a lot lacking.” I constantly laugh at… When your brain doesn’t get blood for a second, it dies. So the blood finds a different route, but what’s lost is gone.”

Clarke has subsequently launched SameYou, a foundation helping brain injury and stroke victims, but she has embraced her own physical situation.

“I thought, ‘This is you. Here’s your brain.’ So stop worrying about what might not be there, Clarke added.

Clarke also discussed “The Seagull,” which opened July 6.

“Playing Nina in ‘The Seagull’ on the West End stage with Jamie Lloyd was a fascinating experience… Clarke said it’s courageous to put a well-known drama in a modern, stripped-down format. Why do theater? It’s thrilling.”

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