Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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

While some fans are nervous that Ron Howard replacing original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller would inherently lead to a messy result, star Emilia Clarke confirmed she was relieved that she had another opportunity to film scenes which she didn't feel comfortable with when first shooting. But by "continuing to apply gentle pressure" women can prevent the movement losing momentum, she said. Making sure that everybody is heard in the industries that need to be heard and making sure that we are doing everything we can as quickly as possible but correctly so that this is a change that will stay.

The 31-year-old actress plays a childhood friend of intergalactic smuggler Han Solo in "Solo: A Star Wars Story" which was screened at Cannes film festival on Tuesday.

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. For Clarke who grew up in London in an "incredibly equal" household where her marketing executive mother "was the one who brought back the bacon", it was a shock. "I put in a lot of research to determine my character, there's so much material if you want to dig in".

"I never felt as a girl I couldn't do anything I wanted to do", she said. Are you telling me there's another option, that there's a weak option?

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In a candid talk - organized as part of Kering's ongoing "Women in Motion" talk series - Clarke spoke of the creative process of building her "Star Wars" persona. She supports USA actress Frances McDormand's rousing Oscars call for clauses imposing quotas for diversity in film casts and crews. "If you're only asking women, it's like we're just show ponies".

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".

"I'm not naturally aggressive as a human and I found conflict in the workplace incredibly hard because I get emotional".

The language used to describe female roles is another area that needs revision, according to Clarke, who seems to have had enough of being asked about portraying "strong women" in her films.

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