‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke covers new Hero Complex magazine

April 09, 2014 | 10:24 a.m.
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Arya (Maisie Williams) and the Hound (Rory McCann) meet some unexpected travelers. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Meera (Ellie Kendrick), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) on their way to the sacred tree. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Rose Leslie as Ygritte and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) and the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) in battle. (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) speaks harshly to her once-trusted adviser Jorah (Iain Glen) while Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) looks on. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) rewards his bastard son Ramsay (Iwan Rheon). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) sits on the Iron Throne as judge at Tyrion's trial. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises his brother (Peter Dinklage). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) is crowned king by the High Septon (Paul Bentley). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Arya (Maisie Williams) shows the Hound (Rory McCann) her sword-fighting moves. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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The lead mutineer (Burn Gorman) threatens Bran's friends (Ellie Kendrick and Thomas Brodie-Sangster). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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The Lannisters pay their respects to the fallen King Joffrey. With Lena Headey, Dean-Charles Chapman, Jack Gleeson and Charles Dance. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) to the supposed rescue of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) gives Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) a lesson on his power. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin.

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Natalie Dormer and Gwendoline Christie in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Jacob Anderson and Nathalie Emmanuel in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

“Game of Thrones” heroine Daenerys Targaryen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now.

Emilia Clarke graces the cover of the latest Hero Complex magazine, available now. (HBO)

Emilia Clarke graces the cover of the latest Hero Complex magazine, available now. (HBO)

In a detailed interview, actress Emilia Clarke reveals how her approach to playing the Mother of Dragons on the hit HBO fantasy has evolved over the lifespan of the sprawling series, based on the bestselling novels of George R.R. Martin.

“I’ve been growing with her, which is the exciting part,” Clarke said. “Man, she’s got more strength than I have, that’s for sure. Getting to be with her throughout this growth process is so exciting as an actor. While she’s pushing herself, I get to push myself and my acting every season.” (Click through the gallery above for a look at Season 4 of “Game of Thrones.”)

The issue also features new interviews with “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards, discussing his take on the King of All Monsters, and with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ filmmaker Marc Webb, who offers a behind-the-scenes look at the coming summer blockbuster.

Due in theaters May 2, the film will see Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker beset on all sides by villains (as the Sony franchise gears up for bad-guy centric spin-offs).

You’ll find a trip to the set of another anticipated sequel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” as well as an early look at “X-Men: Days of the Future Past,” which sees Bryan Singer return to the director’s chair on the popular mutant franchise.

We also talk to Peter Cullen, who gives voice to the heroic Optimus Prime in the “Transformers” franchise. The latest installment in Michael Bay’s movie series, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” is due out in June.

If you’re in Los Angeles, you can pick up the spring issue of the Hero Complex magazine at Meltdown Comics or at both Earth-2 Comics locations, in Sherman Oaks and Northridge. In New York, the magazine is available at all three Midtown Comics locations.

It also will be available on site at this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, WonderCon in Anaheim on April 18-20 and at Chicago’s C2E2, April 25-27.

And, of course, no matter where you are, you can download the magazine through the Hero Complex iPad reader app. The app is 99 cents, but each magazine is free, so you can check out our back issues as well.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex

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