Esquire magazine gave the 28-year-old the coveted title for 2015, where they describe her as “half pal, half dominatrix. Half kid sister, half sexy queen.”
In the November issue of the mag, the actress opens up about nabbing her Emmy-nominated role on the beloved HBO series.
“My agent told the casting director, ‘I know that the breakdown for this character is tall and willowy and blonde. I know she’s short and round and brown, but I’d like you to see her,'” she recalled. “I had two scenes which told me nothing and not very much time in which to read all those [George R. R. Martin] books. So I did what every good actor does and Wikipedia’d the living crap out of it.”
The actress explained the producers were looking for “someone who could grow before your eyes in one season, who could gather strength and show vulnerability, they wanted the arc.”
Emilia joins a stunning list of beauties on Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman List” including: Penelope Cruz (2014), Scarlett Johansson (2013), Mila Kunis (2012), Rihanna (2011) and Minka Kelly (2010), according to Access Hollywood.