Emilia Clarke wants to retire the phrase 'strong' female leads

Lawrence Kim
May 16, 2018

Thanks to her performance as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones, actress Emilia Clarke has been offered a variety of badass female characters in the world of science fiction and fantasy, resulting in her character often being described with a specific word. Now, actress Emilia Clarke has made a decision to join the talks during an interview at the Cannes Film Festival, on Tuesday.

Speaking at Kering Woman in Motion at the Cannes Film Festival, she said: 'On Game Of Thrones, I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars. If it's not strong, what is it?

"Walking on set, I felt a difference in the room that was really interesting to navigate but then you kind of ease into it and you say 'this is it!'". There's a "weak" option?

Clarke suggested different adjectives can be used in questions such as "What does it feel like to play someone with power?" or "How does it feel to play a female lead in a big blockbuster movie?" "It just doesn't even bear having the conversation, so enough already with the strong women, please", Clarke added. She thinks that it will be something completely different than anybody thinks it will be. "I get very frustrated with that, in particular, because you don't get 'strong men, ' unless you're like, physically strong men".

"We can say 'Hey guys, on a really basic level you haven't filled your quota so hi, I'm here to fill your quota!'". "Or just ask boys how it feels to be strong", said the British actor, who had said past year that sexism is everywhere in Hollywood. This means that she has always been paid the same as her male co-stars.

'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".

Perhaps it shouldn't come as such a shock.

The 31-year-old wowed wearing an off-the-shoulder dress which skimmed the floor at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. "You start to dig deep and see where it is, rife in the industry". 'You just start to fight harder for that stuff'.

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