The Secret to Becoming Khaleesi Is Tupac, Says Emilia Clarke

And Beyoncé, naturally.

Emilia Clarke in character as Khaleesi in Game of Thrones.
(Image credit: HBO)

It's common sense, really: If you're making a play for the Iron Throne and sacking cities and all that, you're not going to listen to Natasha Bedingfield to psych yourself up, are you?

In an interview with GQ (via (opens in new tab)Digital Spy (opens in new tab)), Emilia Clarke said she puts on "a lot of gangster rap" (but also Florence and Beyoncé) to get herself in the right mood for leading an army of the Unsullied into battle.

"For me, it's like, you wake up and think, 'I'm not feeling particularly badass this morning. Coolio, Biggie, can you help me?'" she said. "When you're doing a huge scene, trying to empower hundreds of extras, you've got to get me to a G."

Also effective: 1) Peggy from Mad Men's ascent set to Drake with "Rastafarian Targaryen" as the cool-down.

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Chelsea Peng
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.