Emilia Clarke's Stormtrooper Selfie Is Her Unique Way Of Showing How Grateful She Is For Her Fans & Her New Role — PHOTO

It's one thing to see a fan have a major freak-out over an impending Star Wars film, but it's another thing entirely to see a celeb do it. In a way, it's gratifying to know that the people behind the scenes are just as invested as those who ultimately sit in front of them. On Instagram, Emilia Clarke took a celebratory selfie with a Stormtrooper and she looks more than jazzed to be in his dastardly company. Mostly though, she seems grateful to be hanging with the dude. Like really, really grateful and her caption says as much.

Along with the moving picture of Clarke staring at the character adoringly, she wrote,

HE WAS SO UP FOR A SELFIE. 💪🏻 A part of the Star Wars crew?!! Me?!! 8 million fabulous souls decided to press 'follow' for my page?!!! IS THIS THE REAL LIFE? IS THIS JUST FANTASY?!! Or is this one happy girl getting Christmas early... YOU guys did it. Literally. All of it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. ❤️❤️❤️#forgivethecheesebutwhenyoufeeltheloveyougottashoutitoutloud 😊

Not to rain on any parades, but whether or not the Stormtrooper was actually up for the selfie remains to be seen.

Her fangirling makes total sense, considering that the actor was cast in the new Han Solo film, which also stars Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) and Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian). So, you know, this is kind of a big deal— for her and for us. So, if it seems just a little strange that she's hugging a Stormtrooper to the outside world, Star Wars fans can totally relate.

Freak-outs and geek-outs aside, there's something especially endearing how she combined the Star Wars success with her gaining 8 million followers on Instagram. Her gratitude in the form of a shoutout to her fans is special. And it proves that she credits her success not just to her talent and hard work, but to the people who have helped her get where she is — which just so happens to be a place that brings her an immense amount of joy.