Star: Emilia Clarke ‘has fallen hard’ for Kit Harington, are they fooling around?

I think it was last year when we learned that Kit Harington (Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow) was dating Rose Leslie, the pretty ginger actress playing the Wildling Ygritte. But that romance seemed to end as quickly as it began. So, as far as I know, Kit is without a girlfriend. Which means that Star Magazine is trying to set him up with Emilia Clarke, the Mother of Dragons. Eh. It’s not a bad idea – they’re the same age, they’re both attractive, they’re both English. It could work.

There may be an epic battle on the horizon over Game of Thrones beauty Emilia Clarke – because Cory Michael Smith and Kit Harington are vying for her attention. Emilia, 27, has been dating Cory since last year, after meeting on the set of their Broadway play Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Emilia has recently developed strong feelings for Kit though.

“Emilia has been telling friends that they would make a cute couple,” reveals an insider. Kit made it clear that the feeling is mutual, which has left the actress at a crossroads over who to choose. Pals say that she has fallen hard for Kit, although she has doubts because the pair hardly ever see each other since they shoot in different countries.

“He’s usually in Iceland or Ireland, while she films in Morocco or Croatia… she’s very comfortable with Cory but is completely enamoured by Kit. You can see that those two are on a collision course with romance.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Is Star saying that Emilia and Kit are doing it or not? Or are they just talking about whether to do it? If you’re going to make up some Khaleesi-Jon Snow fan-fiction, I hope you would add more details than this. Where are the dragons? Where are the Whitewalkers? Why wasn’t Jon Snow wearing a fur loin cloth when this happened?

PS… Back in February, Kit took Rose Leslie and Emilia out to lunch in LA. They looked like they were having a great time. Damn, son. Kit has GAME.



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  1. blue marie says:

    I don’t believe it, she seemed really happy (photo assumption) with that dude Cory. Kit and her would be a cute couple though.

  2. AlexandraJane says:

    I have a long term hope for the books (and therefore the show) Jon and the Khaleesi get together and rule. George RR needs to write faster!

  3. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Not feeling it. Her and Jason Mamoa or Nicolai Coster-Waldau on the other hand would be HOT.

  4. Tiffany27 says:

    Lord I hate Jon Snow. Not Kit Harrington, but ugh at Jon Snow.

  5. pru says:

    She’s telling people that she thinks they would make a “cute couple”? Who talks like that? This is why I don’t believe anything Star reports.

  6. mom2two says:

    I think this is a made up fairy tale by Star (or some over imaginative HBO publicist). According to Emilia’s own interviews-she, Kit, Rose, Richard Madden and Alfie Allen are a posse of friends. Rose is her BFF. And supposedly before Game of Thrones aired and while filming the first season, her and Richard Madden *supposedly* had a thing going on.
    I think she and Kit are just good friends. I think it’s admirable that he and Rose have managed to stay friendly after dating. I might not like his take on Jon Snow (I think it’s part him and part that the writing team just is not that into the character-just like they are not that into Stannis and friends) but Kit seems like a nice guy.

    • mimif says:

      Tell me more about the Stannis bit, is this an opinion or has it been said? I f-cking cannot stand Melisandre…actually the only person I can tolerate in that whole storyline is Davos. (Referring to the show, of course.)

      • mom2two says:

        It’s just my opinion. It’s to Stephen Dillane’s credit that character has some resonance. I think with more screentime, Stannis would come across as the complex character he is. Davos rules. One of my favorite characters (I wish he had more screen time) and Liam Cunningham does wonders with that role.

      • mimif says:

        Gotcha. I’ve been trying to look at the books and the show as two different entities (otherwise I’ll go mad) but yeah Stannis is a bit 2-dimensional in the show. Like they got the wooden part down without any of the complexities you mentioned.

      • Tatjana says:

        I HATE what they did to Stannis. Espeacially in the last episode when he burned those poople. It changes the character.
        The same way they changed Robb.
        So far the only characters changed for the better are Shae and Osha.

  7. Kaboom says:

    That will give the fandom (novel side) conniptions. Et tu, amita?

  8. Lilacflowers says:

    Why does he NEVER smile? Is he incapable of smiling?

  9. M.A.F. says:

    Isn’t this old news? I believe they have been linked before, around the time when the show first aired and every minute since then. I don’t care for either one of them really. They are both the weak link in the acting on the show. It should have been Michelle Fairley and not Emilia Clarke who got the Emmy nod last year.

    • mom2two says:

      I agree with you about their acting and also that Michelle Fairley was way more deserving of an Emmy nod over Emilia. Not just for her work in the Rains of Castamere episode…but the episodes prior. She’s such an underrated actress. I’ve never heard of Kit and Emilia romance rumors until now. I did hear that her and Richard Madden were rumored to have hooked up during the filming of season 1. Whether that’s true or not, I have no idea.

    • Aurora says:

      No, it’s not old news. He has been linked with Rose (Emilia’s best friend). It’s not Emilia’s fault she got nominated. She just did her job. Michelle was hardly in season 3 as she took a back seat to Richard Madden. And if you know the time frame when nominations are made it was never happening. And anyway Michelle and that smokers voice annoys me and I don’t care for her so, no.

    • Tatjana says:

      And what about Lena? She’s perfect as Cersei.

      • Aurora says:

        She submitted lead in season one which was dumb. But Lena should have got a nomination in season 2. She was great and had a bunch of material to work with. Her profile is just not that high I guess. In season 3 she didn’t have much to do as the King’s Landing were obvious filler. It was mostly the “Dianna Rigg is a new cast member tour”.

      • mom2two says:

        HBO miscalculated in season 1 when they submitted both Lena and Sean Bean for leading actress and actor (should have put them up for supporting) Sean Bean seriously deserved a nod for the wonderful work he did as Ned Stark that season. I don’t think the show has recovered yet from his absence.
        As for Lena, Cersei is one note in the books and she’s found and brought out layers to that character on the show. I felt she deserved a nod in season 1, not enough screen time in seasons 2 and 3 to warrant one. I think she will have a lot of good stuff to play this season. Lena is very good as Cersei.
        HBO’s earlier tactics with emmy submissions for this show was basically submitting everyone. They don’t as a whole, have a lot of screen time compared to their peers. Dinklage, someone calculated, had a little over an hour of screen time across 10 episodes last season and that was the most screen time of any cast member. I think last season, they focused on three cast remembers in each supporting category. Some took the option to submit themselves (Natalie Dormer and Sibel Kikelli).

  10. betsy says:

    He’s such a miserable old so and so.

  11. Natasha says:

    I kind of hope this is true and that they fall in love and make beautiful dark haired brooding babies!!

  12. Etheldreda says:

    They’re the two worst actors on GoT (except for Sibel Kekili) so this would be an appropriate pairing!

    • Tatjana says:

      Sibel is pretty good in German films.
      I find Sophie Turner to be even worse than Emilia. Every sentence she says sounds like she’s reciting.

      • Eleanor Zissou says:

        Finally! I so agree about Sophie. And I don’t think she’s stunning enough to play Sansa.

      • Etheldreda says:

        Yes, I’ve heard that Sibel is good in German films, but I can only judge her on her GoT performance, which is abysmal. Granted, her character would be annoying even if Cate Blanchett were cast in the role. But at least she’d be annoying in a semi-believable manner. Sibel is just completely unconvincing.

        As for Sophie, I agree that she’s a bit one-note, but still imho better than Emilia who has the same dead eyes and expressionless face in every scene. I haven’t read the books, but isn’t it the case that Dany is meant to be about 13, ie much the same age as Sansa? I think the part would be so much more interesting if they’d cast a teenage actress rather than a grown woman – albeit a young woman. But then, of course, they couldn’t have those regular nude scenes, whch I’m guessing is why they cast an adult actress.

      • Aurora says:

        Yes. Sophie Turner’s voice is so whiney. On and off the show.

        Dany is 14/15 while Sansa is 11 so no it’s not the same. Dany is the hardest character to play. It’s a lot of acting on top of acting for Emilia while Dany learns how to act on the fly. And Dany is expressionless because she wants to appear strong as a leader to her subjects. That’s not how she really is but she doesn’t have anyone close to her that she can share her real self with. And her eyes go “dead” when she’s doing or experiencing something harsh (that vault business or when her brother feels her up). She was abused for years by her brother so she tends to shut off.

      • Tatjana says:

        I find Sophie to be the worst actress in the entire series.

        Everybody is much younger in the books. I pretended they were older when I was reading because it’s too weird to imagine kids in those situations.
        Plus, they don’t even act like kids. There is no way Arya or Bran would act the way they act if they were as young as they are in the books. It’s a good thing they made everybody older.

      • Etheldreda says:


        I disagree. Emilia is always expressionless, even when she’s supposed to be angry or upset. For me, the only conclusion is that she simply isn’t a good enough actress to portray emotion on screen. Her ‘acting’ outside the gates of Qarth, and her now infamous ‘Where uh mah drahgons?’ was laughably bad.

        It still amazes me, in a casting call where they must have auditioned hundreds of young actresses, that such a mediocre actress should have landed such a major role.

      • Aurora says:

        Well, we’ll just agree to disagree. Dany is an introverted character who appears stoic in front of her subjects (the only people she’s ever around). She lost her brother, husband, and son a year ago. She is lonely and never truly happy – not to mention an abuse victim. She is played that way on purpose. Anyway, Emilia has an Emmy nom and is the most popular character on a show of 200+ . And her dracarys scene is one of the few that was better than the books. She’s doing fine.

    • Seán says:

      I disagree big time about Sophie Turner. Yes, her voice is monotone and whiny but some people just have monotone and whiny voices. I think that the role of Sansa is a very difficult one to play, because so much of it is internal and she doesn’t have zingers like Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams and Jack Gleeson. I think Turner nails the many emotional scenes she has to portray. I find it even more admirable considering her age.

      I like Emilia quite a lot too. I rewatched Season 1 and Season 2 recently. I think she was excellent in Season 1. In Season 2, her character was quite annoying but far from emotionless. I know she tends to do that glazed over face and deadened voice thing a little much but I think she makes a great Daenerys.

      I used to dislike Kit Harrington’s acting quite a bit but I was impressed with him in Season 4 and feel I was a bit harsh on him after rewatching Season 1 and 2. His default face is that broody frown but when he’s had to pull off a different emotion, he’s done fine. His face doesn’t say much but I think he’s fine for the role he’s in. Jon Snow, in my opinion anyway, is a pretty dull character in the books too.

      Sibel Kekilli was good in Season 1 when she was only in 2 episodes. She’s got progressively worse as Shae has become more and more petulant and whiny.

    • mom2two says:

      I can’t say I’ve seen Sibel in German films, but I don’t mind her performance as Shae. She’s not the best on the show for me, nor is she the worst.
      As for Sophie Turner, there is no more inward character then Sansa. Sansa has basically been prisoner of the enemy since the first season-she basically has to tow the line. The fact that show did give her through the years zingers at Joffrey and at Tyrion, allowed her to cry in front of Tyrion (she refused to do that in the books) is a departure for the character whose act of defiance against the Lannisters was that they would not see how she really feels.
      I thought Sophie has been really good these first two episodes. Much like Maisie, I feel, Sophie has her moments where she is good and not so good. But both of them are kids and I think GoT is their first major acting jobs.
      Kit and Emilia are easily the worst for me in the show. GoT might be their first “big” acting jobs but they both went to drama school. Emilia is very flat. But she is not helped by the fact that GRRM has completely lost the plot with her character. Her character’s best stuff was in books 1 and 2 in my opinion & the show botched her book 2 storyline so bad. Kit does snark very well (the scene where he is testifying in front of the other Night’s Watch brothers) but in the first episode where Jon discusses Robb (he already knows about the Red Wedding) it came across like someone who missed an old college buddy, not someone who is missing a dear brother that has been brutally murdered. Just the tone of that scene was completely off. To each their own, Kit and Emilia’s performances just don’t resonate with me at all. In the season 3 DVD commentary, one of the show runners mentions that Iwan Rheon (who plays Ramsey-I hate that character) was their second choice to play Jon. I wish he turned out to be their first choice.

      And I geek out over this show way too much. I think I need GoT rehab.

  13. aenflex says:

    I love these characters so, so much that I cannot think of them as people.

    • Tatjana says:

      I read somewhere that George is so fed up with fans coming up with such theories that he won’t do it on purpose, even if he intended to do it at first.

      • Allie says:

        It wouldn’t surprise me. I just wish he would hurry up and write something!

      • a mascarada says:

        If he didn’t want fans guessing his supersekrit mistery he shouldn’t be that obvious… And yes, he should hurry up and write the rest of his story otherwise the show will be doing it for him.

      • Bridget says:

        @Tatjana: I’m pretty sure that’s not a thing. For 2 reasons.

        1) he is in crisis mode and just needs to finish those books. I sincerely doubt that he’s changing major plot points. At this point, the entire narrative of the series wouldn’t work (and don’t forget about your 3rd head of the dragon, who isn’t particularly shocking). He is under an enormous amount of pressure to finish, he’s not going to revise his whole endgame out of spite.

        2. I highly doubt that he would change his plot just to spite his readers for being excited. He is very famously engaged and enthusiastic about his fans (though not necessarily questions about when he’ll finish).

        And adding 2 more.

        3. He has however had to stop ”knighting” fans at conventions and giving them a ”quest” because it got out of hand with the number of people.

        4) If your desired ending of the book is for Stannis to win, I can’t help but feel like you didn’t read very closely.

      • Tatjana says:

        I know Stannis won’t win. I just think he would be a good king, probably the best out of the ones contending. Cersei ( Tommen) is crazy, Dany just has luck, and Stannis doesn’t even want to be king. He dous it out of duty. And he follows the rules. Tha fact that the writers of the show hate him is a whole other thing.

  14. Karen says:

    I think Emilia is great on Game of Thrones. There have been a few times where I’ve watched scenes back because she delivers them so beautifully. As for the romance, yawn. I’d like to see her dating someone though.

  15. jc126 says:

    If I were her, I would be fooling around with him, were that an option.

  16. Fan says:

    No, I want Emily Browning instead of Emilia Clark.

  17. scottiegal says:

    I think Kit and Rose are back together. They are seen around London quite a bit. They went to Joshua Tree together earlier this year. They are keeping it on the downlow. I think Kit would get with Emilia but she friend zoned him.

  18. johnny badboy tapia says:

    i love john snow. Cause he did that thing with his tongue

  19. Kelly says:

    I wish, but I doubt it.

    He can get it alright.

  20. Davy says:

    I happen to think everyone nails their part on Game of Thrones.

    I’m not sure why Jon (Kit) & Dany (Emilia) get so much hate? They both play characters in their early ish teens (15? 16?) who come from difficult backgrounds (Dany’s family murdered, she is exiled; Jon raised as bastard, sent off to Knight’s Watch) who find themselves a long way from “home” with very little to no real connection or support. They are both developing as people, growing into their adulthood where they will be tasked with overcoming great circumstances (Dany retrieving the throne and Jon battling the Whitewalkers and maybe more). I think they are both slightly introverted, are “listeners”, are taking in knowledge from those around them and developing the people they are going to be. This is an introspective process, they do not take demonstrable action………..yet. Their parts are not “showy”, at least not yet. We have seen Dany begin to come into herself and deliver rousing speeches (the scene where she gets the Unsullied and uses her dragons for the first time? COME ON she killed that!)Not every character needs to deliver dialogue like Tyrion to be considered interesting.

    I haven’t read the books, but I do believe Jon Snow’s parents are Rhaegar Targareyn & Ned Stark’s sister (forget name?) so he and Dany are related and will end up taking the throne, as a couple or she as Queen and he as her Hand. A Song of Fire (Dany) & Ice (Jon). They are among the most moral characters, and both have striking similarities in their journeys, it would make structural/linear sense for their stories to eventually intertwine.

    I think both actors play the nuances of their characters backgrounds, personalities, traumas and destinys perfectly. And yep – couldn’t care less about who either of them are dating. The work & art is infinitely more interesting to talk about.

    • Seán says:

      I agree that the criticism directed at both Emilia and Kit is a little harsh. I like them both and while they are not quite on the same level as the rest of the outstanding cast, they are not horrible either. I thought Emilia’s scene with the Unsullied which she did in a fictionalised language was really strong even though I do feel Michelle Fairley should have been nominated for that Emmy.

      Ned’s sister is Lyanna by the way. :)

    • megsie says:

      Well said, Kelly. Total agreement here.

      To some degree, I understand the Kit problem. For those who haven’t read the books (yeah yeah I know) Jon is a very introspective, internal character. Difficult to translate onto film for even the best scriptwriters. Jon is a much more likeable young man, certainly more understandable, on the page.

    • Bridget says:

      There’s a lot of debate as to whether Danny would actually end up Queen, because of her infertility which would make another battle of succession inevitable. And if I remember there was more stuff in the prophecy in the House of the Undying. There isn’t a ton of debate about who the main players are, but there’s definitely a lot of questions of how eeverything will fit together.

      Further, you’ve forgotten that the dragon has three heads.