Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Emilia Clarke On The 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Director Shake-Up

Emilia Clarke On The 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Director Shake-Up

The British Game of Thrones actress plays supporting character Qi'ra in the Star Wars origin story for popular character Han Solo, but she's clearly stealing the show during this promo tour. But by "continuing to apply gentle pressure" women can prevent the movement losing momentum, she said. "This has been a problem that has been around forever, so we can't solve it overnight".

Variety quotes her saying: 'You start to dig deep and see where it is, rife in the industry. 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.

Emilia, who plays mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen, insists she was "not discriminated against because I was a woman".

She also called the pay inequality between Claire Foy and Matt Smith on The Crown "shocking".

"I never felt as a girl I couldn't do anything I wanted to do", she said.

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'On Game of Thrones, I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars, ' she said.

While acknowledging that it could become "muddy" she said: "From an idealistic point of view, it makes complete sense, because then people can be held accountable for things".

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". And we got to revisit stuff that normally you don't get to have a second chance on.

"I'm not naturally aggressive as a human and I found conflict in the workplace incredibly hard because I get emotional". "It just doesn't even bear having the conversation, so enough already with the strong women, please", Clarke added.

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