Emilia Clarke says a 'bit of my brain' died upon suffering a near-fatal aneurysm

Emilia Clarke lost a piece of herself after suffering two brain bleeds.

The 32-year-old Game of Thrones star was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and revealed that, after suffering two brain hemorrhages, a piece of her brain died.

"I was in the gym, and the most excruciating pain, like an elastic band just went like snap in my head and an enormous amount of pressure suddenly," she recalled of her first hemorrhage back in 2011. "And then very, very, very quickly I realized I couldn't stand and I couldn't walk. And in that moment, I knew I was being brain-damaged."

Despite the serious nature of the injury, Clarke returned to work just six weeks after the hemorrhage.

"It's like, 'Hey, thanks for giving me the job. Super appreciate it. I just had a little thing. It's fine. I'm fine,' and so I was pretty much fine," she said.

The second hemorrhage came two years later and was much more serious than the first.

"So, the second one, there was a bit of my brain that actually died," Clarke explained, as photos of her in the hospital flashed on the screen. "If a part of your brain doesn't get blood to it for a minute, it will just no longer work. It's like you short circuit. So, I had that."

The doctors were unsure about which specific part of her brain died, but thought it may be related to her concentration or peripheral vision.

"I always say it's my taste in men that's no longer there! That's the part of my brain, yeah, my decent taste in men," she quipped, before revealing that she feared her ability to act was actually the area of her brain that was affected. 

"That was a deep paranoia, from the first one as well," she admitted. "I was like, 'What if something has short-circuited in my brain and I can't act anymore?' I mean, literally it's been my reason for living for a very long time."

Her recovery was very much "a day-to-day thing," one where Clarke said she "definitely went through a period of being down." But, it was her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones that really helped her through the trying time.

"You go on set and you play a bada** and you walk through fire, and that became the thing that just saved me from considering my own mortality," she said.

The interview came just days after Clarke's appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where she opened up about how her perspective on life has changed since her health scares.

"Being completely honest it made me petrified most of the time, which happens a bunch," she said. "I wish I could sit here and say I was just like, 'Let's go, I don't know, jump out of a plane,' [but] I really wasn't."

"... At some point you start to realize how lucky you are... The perspective that that gives you is enormous. And then that is, for the rest of your life, you're lucky," she added. "You can know how lucky you are."

When ET's Leanne Aguilera caught up with her Game of Thrones co-stars, Iain Glen and Jason Momoa, they praised Clarke for her strength. 

"I've kind of been a part of that whole situation for a very long time, so we've had so many scares and trying to find the right way to come out and help," Momoa said. "I just think it's beautiful that... she's so brave in helping the world and trying to raise awareness."

"I'm very sad, because we almost lost her the first time. So, I love her to bits and she's here and she's going to do great things with it and teach the world," he added. 

"She's such an amazing lady, and she was so strong, but she had real scares," Glen agreed. "I think when you sort of come out the end of something like that, everything must feel golden. I think the Thrones family were great with her. I hope she'd say that, but they shepherded her and looked after her as much as they could." 

"I think in a funny way, she was always happy to get back to... the warm world of Thrones as that contradiction [to time in the hospital]," Glen added. "But the spirit has always been extraordinary for all of us as actors while we've been on the show."

The eighth and finale season of Game of Thrones premieres April 14 on HBO. Watch the video below for more on Clarke:

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07: Actress Emilia Clarke speaks at the HBO Winter 2011 TCA Panel held at the Langham Hotel on January 7, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Actress Emilia Clarke and Actor Peter Dinklage attend the HBO Winter 2011 TCA Panel held at the Langham Hotel on January 7, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
MONACO - JUNE 08: Emilia Clarke arrives at the screening of 'Game Of Thrones' at Grimaldi Forum on June 8, 2011 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
US actress Emilia Clarke poses during a photocall for the TV show 'Game of thrones' as part of the 2011 Monte Carlo Television Festival held at the Grimaldi Forum on June 9, 2011 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. The Monte Carlo Television Festival held since 1961, aims at encouraging the new art form of television. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
MONACO - JUNE 10: Emilia Clarke arrives to attend the closing ceremony of the 51st Monte Carlo TV Festival at the Grimaldi forum on June 10, 2011 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Actress Emilia Clarke poses at HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Panel during Comic-Con 2011 on July 21, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Actors Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke pose at HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Panel during Comic-Con 2011 on July 21, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Emilia Clarke attends the 'Game of Thrones' panel at 2011 Comic-Con International - Day 1 at San Diego Convention Center on July 21, 2011 in San Diego, California. *** Local Caption ***
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the 12th Annual AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the 2011 AFI Awards Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at HBO's Official After Party for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at HBO's Official After Party for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 23: Actress Emilia Clarke attends SKY launchevent Party at 'Schuppen 52' on May 23, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Actress Emilia Clarke attends the UK premiere of 'Fast Girls' at the Odeon West End on June 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 13: Actress Emilia Clarke participates in HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Panel - Comic-Con International 2012 held at San Diego Convention Center on July 12, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 14: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con celebration at Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 14, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Emilia Clarke attends the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea 2012 Presented By BBC America at The London Hotel on September 22, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea 2012 Presented By BBC America at The London Hotel on September 22, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Emilia Clarke is seen at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on December 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the 2012 AFI Awards Luncheon on January 11, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Emilia Clarke attends HBO's Post 2013 Golden Globe Awards Party held at Circa 55 Restaurant at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Emilia Clarke attends the amfAR New York Gala to kick off Fall 2013 Fashion Week at Cipriani Wall Street on February 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Emilia Clarke attends the Altuzarra After Party during Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Gramercy Park Hotel on February 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Emilia Clarke and Cory Michael Smith attend the 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' Press Preview at Cafe Carlyle on February 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Emilia Clarke leaves the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on March 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 17: Emilia Clarke is seen at Los Angeles International Airport on March 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 18: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the premiere of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 18, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19: Emilia Clarke is seen at Los Angeles International Airport on March 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actress/cast member Emilia Clarke attends the 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' Broadway Opening Night after party at The Edison Ballroom on March 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Emilia Clarke visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' on April 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Actress Emilia Clarke attends the 2013 Actors Fund Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on April 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Actress Emilia Clarke attends Dolce&Gabbana, along with Giovanna Battaglia, celebrate the opening of the 5th Avenue Flagship Boutique on May 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Dolce&Gabbana)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Emilia Clarke attends the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the 'Dom Hemingway' Premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Emilia Clarke arrives at the TIFF HFPA/InStyle Party during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival held at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Emilia Clarke arrives at LAX on September 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actor Dean Norris (L) and actress Emilia Clarke speak onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Emilia Clarke attends HBO's Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Post Award Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 21: Actress Emilia Clarke attends ELLE's 20th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Emilia Clarke is seen at LAX airport on January 09, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Emilia Clarke arrives at the American Film Institute Awards Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Emilia Clarke attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Emilia Clarke attends 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: Actress Emilia Clarke attends the Chanel and Charles Finch pre-Oscar dinner at Madeo Restaurant on March 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Emilia Clarke attends TNT's 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 25184_018 (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Emilia Clarke attends the 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 premiere at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on March 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0023 -- Pictured: Emilia Clarke during an interview on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 21: Actor Emilia Clarke attends the European Premiere of 'Terminator: Genisys' at the CineStar Sony Center on June 21, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Anita Bugge/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 28: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Terminator Genisys' at the Dolby Theatre on June 28, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 02: Emilia Clarke attends the movie 'Terminator Genisys' press conference at The Ritz Carlton on July 2, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 02: Emilia Clarke attends the movie 'Terminator Genisys' red carpet event at Lotte World Mall on July 2, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Emilia Clarke is seen leaving the 'Colette' Concept Store on October 2, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Emilia Clarke attends the Christian Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 on October 2, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 28: Actress Emilia Clarke attends TheWrap's Power Women Breakfast at Ocean Prime on October 28, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Emilia Clarke attends the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Emilia Clarke attends the official After Party Dinner for the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Emilia Clarke attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Actress Emilia Clarke attends the premiere for the sixth season of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 10, 2016 in Hollywood City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Actress Emilia Clarke is seen on the set of 'Good Morning America' on May 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Actress Emilia Clarke attends The World Premiere of 'Me Before You' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on May 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Emilia Clarke arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Emilia Clarke attends Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - MAY 14: Actress Emilia Clarke is seen during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Nice Airport on May 14, 2018 in Nice, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Actress Emilia Clarke attends the photocall for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Emilia Clarke attends the Kering Women In Motion photocall during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Majestic Hotel on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Emilia Clarke attends the screening of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Emilia Clarke attends the 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' New York Premiere - After Party on May 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Emilia Clarke is seen walking in Soho on May 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JUNE 23: Emilia Clarke arriving at Rayne Church in Kirkton on Rayne for the wedding of Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie on June 23, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Emilia Clarke attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
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