Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington portrayed two of the most popular characters on HBO’s Game of Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, and Jon Snow, the secret heir to the Iron Throne. Their on-screen relationship was one of the most controversial elements of Game of Thrones history (and that’s saying a lot!). Although some fans loved it when these two characters fell in love, others couldn’t look past the fact that they were unknowingly aunt and nephew.
In real life, Clarke and Harington’s relationship is much less gross. The best of friends, they’ve had each other’s backs since the first day of filming the show and continue to be buddies today. Keep reading to find out 20 adorable facts about Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke’s friendship.
20 They’re Like Brother And Sister
On Game of Thrones, Kit Harington’s Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen are related and also in a romantic relationship. In real life, the actors aren’t related, but it’s almost like they are. According to Harper’s Bazaar, the friendship between the two stars “seems to mimic a sibling relationship more than anything.”
19 They First Met In A Bar
So how did the actors first meet? Harington revealed to Esquire (via Harper’s Bazaar) that they first met in a bar. It was the Fitzwilliam bar, which was located at the hotel in Belfast where the cast was staying, and Clarke had already met co-star Richard Madden, who played Harington’s on-screen brother. After a brief introduction from Madden, Clarke walked in and met Harington.
18 Harington Was Taken With Her From The Moment They Met
It was definitely friend-love at first sight when Harington and Clarke met. In that same interview with Esquire (via Harper’s Bazaar), the actor confessed his true feelings when she first walked into the room: “'Wow.’ She takes your breath away when she walks into a room, Emilia.” In an interview with Elle, the actor revealed that the two became friends “quite quickly.”
17 But He’s More Interested In Her Sense Of Humor Than Her Looks
Even though Clarke took away Harington’s breath from the second the two met, their mutual attraction isn’t about looks. It’s not a physical thing. The two are good friends and instantly connected on a mental level. Harington told Elle that Clarke is so “sweet, so giving” but that she also “has a filthy, filthy mind when she wants to.”
16 They Had To Kiss For A Photoshoot
In one of the most famous photoshoots featuring both Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke, the two actors share a kiss. You might remember the photoshoot as it appeared in Rolling Stone back in 2012. The photographer (and millions of readers) noted how much chemistry the pair seemed to have.
15 But They’ve Never Been Romantically Involved
Their kiss was oozing with chemistry, but that’s because the camera naturally loves these two actors. In reality, despite all the rumors, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke have never been romantically involved. The two have constantly been linked throughout the show’s run, which has unsettled both stars. Clarke revealed that the rumors are “so far from the truth.”
14 Clarke Believes They’re Acting Counterparts
Clarke and Harington may not be romantically involved with one another, but they do have a close working relationship. In an interview with Variety (via Harper’s Bazaar), Clarke admitted that she considers Harington her acting counterpart. “We’ve both done stupid action movies we regret and fabulous things we’re proud of, and we’ve always come back to Thrones."
13 And Their Characters Are Also Counterparts
It’s not just the actors themselves who are counterparts. In that same Variety interview, Clarke admitted that her character Daenerys Targaryen also mirrors Harington’s Jon Snow in many ways. The two rose up from feeling unwanted in childhood and went through hard times before ultimately finding positions of power. Plus, they’re the only two characters in the show who can ride dragons.
12 Clarke Often Asks Him For Advice
Friends are always there for each other when they need advice, so it comes as no surprise that Clarke often turned to Harington during the hardest days on the set of Thrones. The actress told Variety (via Harper’s Bazaar) that she would always ask Harington how he was dealing with things when she needed some guidance.
11 They Communicate, Even When They’re Not In The Same Country
It will take more than an ocean to stop Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington from being friends. Clarke revealed that she would turn to Harington for guidance even when they weren’t on the same set, or in the same city. “We were in sync, even if we were filming on opposite sides of the world,” she told Variety (via Harper’s Bazaar).
10 The First Time They Did A Scene Together Was Weird
Audiences rejoiced the first time that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen appeared on screen together. But for Clarke and Harington, the experience was odd. Unlike their characters, who met for the first time in Season Seven, they’d been best buds for years already. In an interview, Clarke admitted that her first reaction to Harington was, “Ahhh, what are you doing on my set!?”
9 Harington Believes That They Understand Each Other Like No One Else
One of the keys to Harington and Clarke’s friendship is that they understand each other like nobody else does. “I think we’re good mates because we, maybe more than anyone else, know what the other one’s going through a bit,” he said in an interview with Esquire (via Harper’s Bazaar).
8 They Became Close Outside Of Work
Because their characters didn’t actually meet until the second-to-last season, Harington and Clarke had to build their friendship outside of work. They would spend time together at table reads for the show, as well as at press engagements and other events that took place outside of filming hours.
7 They Laughed Their Way Through Their Romantic Scenes
It has to be tough filming a love scene with your friend. To get through their romantic scenes, which could be tough sometimes, the actors couldn’t help but laugh, especially in the beginning. “The first scene we had together, we both just started laughing,” Clarke said in an interview (via Harper’s Bazaar).
6 Harington Would Joke To Eliminate The Awkwardness
Some of the more intimate scenes between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen made the actors feel a little awkward. But they got through it by laughing and joking. There is video footage that shows Harington pretending to gag behind the scenes after kissing Clarke (who played his on-screen aunt).
5 Clarke Is Best Friends With Harington’s Wife
As it turns out, Emilia Clarke is not just friends with Harington, but also with his wife Rose Leslie. Leslie is another Game of Thrones veteran, who portrayed Jon Snow’s love Ygritte. Clarke and Leslie have taken vacations together, and are often photographed hanging out at industry events.
4 They Would Often Fool Around On Set
Game of Thrones dealt with some pretty serious issues and could be an intensely heavy show at times. The cast sometimes dealt with this by messing around on set. We know that Clarke and Harington often joked around because Clarke posted videos of their fun & games onto her Instagram.
3 They Have The Same Taste In Music
Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke have a lot in common, ranging from their experience as actors to their positions in the spotlight. But they may also have the same taste in music. Clarke posted some photos of herself, Harington, and their GoT co-star, Nathalie Emmanuel, hanging out together at a Chemical Brothers concert.
2 Clarke Shouts Out Harington On Instagram
The media has often reported on the friendship between Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, but you can see evidence of their bond just by looking at Clarke’s Instagram account. She often shouts out Harington, the way she does all her other friends. The actor documents some of their best moments on the social media platform.
1 They Were Devastated When They Found Out The Fates Of Their GoT Characters
Not everyone was pleased with the way Game of Thrones ended. In the documentary The Last Watch, we can see Harington’s reaction as he reads the fate of his character and Clarke’s character, and it’s shocked, to say the least. For those who don’t know, Jon Snow committed the ultimate betrayal by stabbing Dany during a passionate kiss.
Sources: Us Magazine, Digital Spy, Ew, Winter Is Coming