the insider: emilia clarke

we ate breakfast with the “mother of dragons.”

by ray siegel

We're all excited for the Game of Thrones season three premiere at the end of the month, but Emilia Clarke aka "The Mother of Dragons" is distracted by her Broadway debut as the star of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, which opens today. Instead of actually dining at Tiffany's, Target hosted a breakfast at the Lamb's Club in New York so we could get to know the new Holly Golightly (who we still have a difficult time not referring to as the Khaleesi).

"It's not the movie, it's not Audrey Hepburn, but it is Capote's words and Capote's beautiful characters" said Clarke, who explained that, unlike the famous 1961 film, the play stays true to the 1958 novella on which it's based and was set in the 1940s. "With Holly everything is sexier in the '40s than it would have actually been," she notes. She also explained that in the film Fred is a kept man, but in the novella Holly is a kept woman. She said that though she did try to tap into Hepburn's ways, "you can't mimic perfection."

Clarke is perfect in her own right though--to breakfast she wore the coolest red and sheer-striped Jason Wu top and had the entire table cracking up on more than one occasion. When it comes to beauty perfection, she takes matters into her own hands; while struggling with over 25 costume changes throughout the show, Clarke manages to do her own makeup. "The entire cast does their own. My mother taught me how to put my makeup on when I was thirteen." These other tips from her mom, which Clarke repeated to us, came in handy: "Cleanse, tone, moisturize everyday, and don't touch your eyebrows."

That last tip really must have really stuck with Clarke because she touts it in her Twitter profile: "My mom had rules growing up: Don't do drugs, don't have sex, and don't touch your eyebrows." The makeup look for the show was created by Sonia Kashuk and the hair by Umberto, but Clarke revealed some of her off-stage beauty tips. "Dr. Perricone is a good cleanse for sensitive skin. I wear Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana colors. And an Epson salt bath is better than any massage," says the actress. Holly's bathing ritual is also written into the script, but you'll have to buy a ticket to see that.