Clarke On “Solo” Problems, “Thrones” Ending

The cast and crew of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” are doing press rounds this week for the film and while many are being very civil and politely evasive in their answers about its production problems, actress Emilia Clarke is being refreshingly straight up front with her take on it all in a new feature for Vanity Fair.

She says that she had concerns about her character of Qi’ra in “Solo” early on in production: “I’m not gonna lie. I struggled with Qi’ra quite a lot. I was like: ‘Y’all need to stop telling me that she’s ‘film noir’ because that ain’t a note.'”. She is seemingly quite thankful that Ron Howard came onboard when he did, saying he ‘saved’ the film and added: “All hail to [Lucasfilm president] Kathy [Kennedy] for hiring Ron.”

She adds the departure of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller made sense due to the sheer level of expectation on a franchise like this:

“When it comes to that amount of money, you’re almost waiting for that to happen. Money f–ks us all up, doesn’t it? There’s so much pressure. Han Solo is a really beloved character. This is a really important movie for the franchise as a whole. It’s a s–t ton of money. A s–t ton of people. A s–t ton of expectations.”

Clarks certainly knows her way around troubled productions, serving as the star of the widely panned “Terminator: Genisys” a few years back. She says that was a project on which she saw how her regular collaborator on “Game of Thrones,” director Alan Taylor, was “eaten and chewed up on ‘Terminator.’ He was not the director I remembered. He didn’t have a good time. No one had a good time.”

She also spoke about filming her final scenes as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and says it was emotional in a way fans are going to be shocked: “It f–ked me up knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is…”

You can read the full interview at Vanity Fair.