The Truth About Emilia Clarke And James Franco's Relationship

Emilia Clarke's breakout performance as Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones" can be said to have forever endeared her to TV fans worldwide. Clarke's infectious smile and charming personality have also played a part in solidifying her image as a beloved figure in the industry.

But she has had a bumpy relationship with her fame, as she had to cope with learning how to strike a balance in her interactions with her fans, per Glamour. Clarke also shared her struggles with having to keep the secret of two life-threatening brain aneurysms and the treatments she had to receive while she filmed "Game of Thrones," via The New Yorker. Her struggles have not been limited to just her health, though. The 35-year-old British actress once confessed to Marie Claire that her lifestyle made dating "almost impossible."

That notwithstanding, the "Mother of Dragons" has still made time to have a love life and has reportedly dated several high-profile people — and one of those rumored relationships was with actor James Franco.

Emilia Clarke has been romantically linked to several big names

Emilia Clarke prefers to keep her love life private, but as a public figure, some things are bound to slip through the cracks. Back in 2013, Clarke and James Franco were seen together at the Frieze art fair in New York. Of course, being popular stars, tongues were set wagging, and it was said that the two were "looking quite friendly," per Page Six.

Despite speculation at the time, the pair were never seen together other than at two official engagements, The Express reported. But this didn't put an end to the rumors; a situation that only intensified when Franco cast Clarke in his film "The Garden of The Last Days," notes Pop Sugar. However, the movie was scrapped two weeks before filming started as Franco walked away from the project.

The "Me Before You" actress was eventually forced to address the rumors surrounding herself and Franco. "He is, of course, beautiful," Clarke said about Franco, "but I feel there's only a handful of women who could form an engagement after two meetings, and I'm not one of them," she added, per The Express. 

James Franco isn't the only celebrity to have been romantically linked to Clarke, and previous rumors suggested that she and Jason Momoa were an item.