Emilia Clarke Reveals Gender-Neutral Paycheck for Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke Reveals Gender-Neutral Paycheck for Game of Thrones

Gender discrimination will not disappear overnight but the #MeToo and Time's Up movements are "here to stay", Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke said Tuesday (May 15).

Emilia, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, commanded attention at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival.

"Take the "strong" out of it, find another adjective, damn it", Clarke said. "Are you telling me there's another option, that there's a weak option?" "I'm just playing women", Clarke said in an interview as part of the Kering Women in Motion talks, reported Variety. There's like a weak option? "Enough already with the strong women, please let's just be women".

The actor also said there are no strong men characters in films, unless they are physically strong. "Or just ask boys how it feels to be strong", said the British actor, who had said previous year that sexism is everywhere in Hollywood. Do you know what I mean? "Unless I'm packing guns I don't know about, then let's change that".

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.

Her first big break was on HBO's wildly successful Game Of Thrones - about to enter its eighth and final series - where she says she has always been paid the same as her co-stars.

Perhaps it shouldn't come as such a shock.

'You start to dig deep and see where it is, rife in the industry, ' she said.

The 31-year-old wowed wearing an off-the-shoulder dress which skimmed the floor at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

"It starts with the little things, when you say an opinion or idea or concept and it doesn't get picked up in a discussion and then a dude says it and suddenly we're doing it!"

"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".

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