Cannes Film Festival 2018: Emilia Clarke reveals she was always paid equal to male Game of Thrones co-stars

FP Staff

May,17 2018 12:10:26 IST

Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has confirmed that she was paid equal to her male co-stars on the show, as reported by Mashable.  

Actress Emilia Clarke poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Actress Emilia Clarke poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Just the fact alone that Clarke, who plays the iconic role of Queen Danaerys, was paid equal to her male counterparts is perceived as news is enough to reflect on how deeply engrained pay gap in the entertainment industry is.

In the follow up to #MeToo and Time’s Up movement, Clarke’s revelation in Cannes has put BBC in the bright spot for leading the trend change. Clarke coming out with this also means that either her co-stars discussed their pay with her or that producers were transparent about the situation from the start. Many advocates for equal pay insist that the male actors will have to take the onus upon them to share their pay details and to argue for pay equality for substantive change to come about.

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As the struggle for safer spaces for women and pay equality continues, 82 women, signifying the total number women directors whose works have been presented at the festival since its inception, made a silent demonstration at Cannes Film Festival this year.

It also comes at a crucial time when only recently it was reported that Netflix’s The Crown lead and two time BAFTA nominee, Claire Foy, was paid lesser than her male co-star Matt Smith. After outrage by the cast and people across the industry, the producers of the showed issued an apology to the stars.

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As Game of Thrones prepares for its eighth and final season, the show is now rife with complex and well developed central female characters like Queen Danaerys( Emilia Clarke), Cersei Lannister (Lena Heady), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).

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Updated Date: May 17, 2018 12:10 PM