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Emilia Clarke says there's no gender pay gap with 'Game of Thrones'

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Adrian Cunningham | 17 May, 2018, 03:37

Actor Woody Harrelson, from left, director Ron Howard, actors Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, a person dressed as the character Chewbacca, Paul Bettany, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and producer Kathleen Kennedy pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "Solo: A Star Wars Story" at the 71st global film festival, Cannes.

In particular, she said the pay disparity in Netflix's The Crown - where Matt Smith was paid more than co-star Claire Foy - as "shocking, actually shocking".

"It will be what none of us think it will be", she cryptically said.

"I'm gonna tell you how it feels to play a woman".

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".

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In addition to the film, Clarke is in the midst of filming the final episodes of "Game of Thrones", a career-defining project for the young actress who became loved for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series. It's exciting yet sad and scary. "The end", Clarke said. (Well, so did Chewbacca - understandably so.) We just want to know: what jokes is Glover telling?

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".

Clarke said a way to combat the pay disparity is to "be aware of it", address it "in the beginning" and "fight harder for that stuff". It just doesn't even bear having the conversation. Her characters, along with many other women on television and film right now, are nuanced, so let's take Clarke's note and stop with with the "strong woman" business.

"You break the mold that's put into place and there's a huge amount of work that needs to go into addressing all of the things that need to be addressed".

"I'm playing a woman".