"I watched Terminator growing up," Clarke told PEOPLE at this week's Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere

Updated March 27, 2015 12:10 PM
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She’s got a British accent in real life and speaks fluent Dothraki as Daenerys Targaryan on Game of Thrones, but these days Emilia Clarke is working on a more American sound.

Gearing up to star in the upcoming movie prequel Terminator Genisys, to out this summer, Clarke says she’s not new to the popular franchise.

“I was absolutely a fan. I watched Terminator growing up,” Clarke told PEOPLE at this week’s Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere in San Francisco.

So how is her Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation? “Very good,” she said lowering her brow and mimicking the actor’s low, Austrian intonation. Though a starring role in 50 Shades of Grey didn’t interest her, with this project, “It’s been an absolute dream come true getting to play with an icon,” she said.

As for what awaits her dragon-loving character on Thrones this season, “She’s getting ready for the iron throne,” Clarke told reporters. “She’s trying to find the right balance of good and evil, you need both to be a leader.”

Game of Thrones will return April 12 on HBO. Terminator Genisys will hit theaters July 1.

Reporting by LOLICE PEREZ