The conversation for equal pay has taken over Hollywood in the midst of the Time’s Up movement, and Emilia Clarke is joining in on the discussion.
In an interview at the Cannes Film Festival, where her film Solo: A Star Wars Story was screened, Clarke said that her starring role as Daenerys Targaryen on Game Of Thrones comes with a gender-neutral pay cheque.
“On Game Of Thrones, I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars,” she said. “It was my first job and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman, in my pay cheque.”
She said that recent revelations of pay inequality – like the discovery that lead actress Claire Foy was paid less than co-star Matt Smith on the Golden Globe-winning TV drama The Crown – were shocking.
“You start to dig deep and see where it is, rife in the industry. So I think it’s mainly in the beginning, just be aware of that and going, ‘Can you just check?,’” she said of handling negotiations. “You just start to fight harder for that stuff.”
Clarke also spoke on the eighth and final season of Thrones, which she’s in the middle of filming. She confessed that she’s not certain how all the palace intrigue and clashes for the Iron Throne will end. “It will be what none of us think it will be,” Clarke predicted.
After almost 10 years of playing Khaleesi, the mother of dragons, Clarke sounded emotional about saying goodbye to the role that made her famous. “It really feels like preparing to leave home. That’s exciting, but it’s sad and scary all at the same time,” she said. – Reuters/Kirsten Chuba