Emilia Clarke paid the same as male stars on 'Game of Thrones'

Andrew Cummings
May 16, 2018

She said: "On Game of Thrones, I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars".

Are you excited for Solo and what do you make of Clarke's half-joking response to who should play a young Luke?

Speaking in Cannes where she was promoting the latest episode in the Star Wars franchise, Clarke said: "It's really hard because this is a problem that has been around forever so changing it overnight is impossible".

The actress was in Cannes for a screening of her film Solo: A Star Wars story where she was joined by Chewbacca on the red carpet. "Are you telling me there's another option, that there's a weak option?" she said. "Take the strong out of it. Find another adjective, dammit!"

During the interaction, Clarke slammed the journalists for their usage of the phrase "strong women" as she said the usage was sexist for a female lead.

But by "continuing to apply gentle pressure" women can prevent the movement losing momentum, she said. Do you know what I mean? "And then when they wanted me to be in it, I'm like, 'What? OK!"

Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in cinemas on May 25.

It was only when she began working in film that she encountered discrimination but she says "the temperature changed dramatically the morning all of this stuff (the Me Too movement) started".

Leave it to Emilia Clarke - also known as Daenerys of House Targaryen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons and, perhaps now, Queen of Red Carpet Shenanigans - to brighten up the 2018 Cannes Film Festival carpet with her joyful presence.

Emilia claimed to not know how it will end and said no-one would be able to predict it.

The reporter looked at Clarke and then panned the room, saying, "And there's journalists here, so maybe we can start with the training that you just gave everyone so we can stop using that word because I think people may just do it not knowing". "If you're only asking women, it's like we're just show ponies".

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