Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke says she’s always received same pay as male co-stars
We are pleased to hear there is no gender discrimination on Game of Thrones, after Emilia Clarke revealed she has always been paid the same amount as her male co-stars.
Speaking to Kering Women in Motion at the Canne Film Festival, the Daenerys Targaryen actress said: “On Game of Thrones I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars.
“It was my first job and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman, in my pay cheque.”
It recently came to light that The Crown‘s Claire Foy was paid less than her co-star Matt Smith, despite her having the lead role as the Queen on the show.
Discussing the revelation, Clarke described it as “shocking, actually shocking”.
She continued: “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?’ You just start to fight harder for that stuff.”
The actress also hinted at what fans can expect from the Game of Thrones ending, saying: “It will be what none of us think it will be.
“People will scream and people will say, ‘That’s exactly what I wanted’, and some people will go, ‘Huh?’ – my mum, probably.”
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