Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Emilia Clarke insists there's no pay gap problem on Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke insists there's no pay gap problem on Game of Thrones

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. The 31-year-old actor, who is attending the Cannes Film Festival, where her new film Solo: A Star Wars Story is screening, said the usage of the phrase is particularly useless due to a presence of a female lead in a film. "Because I have to, do you know what I mean?"

Clarke also addressed the director shake-up during the filming of the movie, which shifted to Ron Howard halfway through production.

"It will be what none of us think it will be", Clarke predicted.

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The actress, who plays dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO fantasy drama, now wrapping up the final ever season; she claimed not to know how it all will end, but predicted that no-one would be able to predict it.

"That's exciting, but it's sad and scary all at the same time".

The star is now wrapping up on filming the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. "So unless I'm packing guns I don't know about, let's change that".

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Outside of her ongoing movie projects, Clarke is also dipping her toes in screenwriting and plans to start her own production company in a bid to "tell really good stories". So I think it's mainly in the beginning, just be aware of that and going, "Can you check?"

"I keep getting questions as to whether #MeToo is dying down. But we must remember that the movement is working harder than ever and we continue to put gentle pressure on the industry", Clarke said. "[The movement] is here to stay". Is Waller-Bridge secretly tapping her on the shoulder in between takes? However, it's pretty chastely - violent passion and the chemistry between the stars only on the screen, but in real life, Harington, who is about to marry his other partner on the series, odd women don't ever look (I hope). Is there even another option for a female lead?

"Take the "strong" out of it, find another adjective, damn it". We are on the red carpet and someone has lent me a dress, so it's fine for me to say who I'm wearing.

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