Emilia Clarke says she has "always been paid the same" as her male Game of Thrones co-stars, but that equal pay still remains "rife in the industry" if you dig beneath the surface.
In an interview with Variety at the Cannes Film Festival, to promote the latest prequel to the Star Wars franchise, the American actress speaks openly about equality in the entertainment world, a campaign led in large part by the Time's Up movement.
In 2015, actress Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay entitled "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?" which was published in Lenny, the feminist newsletter produced by Lena Dunham.
But, as the Variety journalist rightly recalls, the subject was taken far less seriously at that time.
Today, a small revolution is taking place, and Clarke finds the recent revelations on the pay gap between men and women for equal work "shocking, actually shocking".
Nonetheless, Emilia Clarke reassures her fans: "On Game of Thrones, I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars."
"That was my first job, and I’ve never been discriminated against in terms of pay because I’m a woman."
It must be said that when Game of Thrones began in 2011, most of its starring actors were unknown and had little experience.
Things become more complicated when popularity and actors’ careers come into play. This is when the negotiations begin, and far too often, they are to the disadvantage of the actresses, even when playing the leading role, as was recently the case in The Crown.
The commitment of Game of Thrones producers to preserve equal pay for all these years is to be commended. But Emilia Clarke remains vigilant, especially in her other jobs, where the question is inevitably raised:
"You start to dig deep and see where it is, rife in the industry. So I think it’s mainly in the beginning, about just being aware that, and going ‘Can you just check? Because we have the same experience, so perhaps we should…’ You just start to fight harder for that stuff."
About Article Author
Latest Nigeria News
- Quitting Super Eagles: Uncovering why Victor Moses takes a bow, premature departure
- Breaking: Victor Moses retires
- Kante: ‘World Cup achievements, beyond my dreams’
- Saraki considers running against Buhari in 2019
- Arthur, the new Barcelona’s Xavi Hernandez
- Ramos mocks Jurgen Klopp’s record in cup finals
- Eden Hazard verus Mesut Ozil ahead of EPL clash
- Guendouzi: Arsenal can win EPL title
- Give us courts to develop beach soccer— Nimrod begs el-Rufai
- Osinbajo to meet NFF President over crisis
- 018 NYG: Team Oyo picks 4 slots at S/west zonal eliminations
- INEC Chairman Presents 2019 INEC Budget To Senate (Photos)
- Landlord Who Led Armed Robbers To Rob Neighbour Arrested
- INEC to feed police with N6bn in 2019 polls
- Experts worry over rising cyber security poverty line in Nigeria
- Driver crushes LASTMA officer
- GTBank to increase loan book by 10%
- Zinedine Zidane is replacing one of the Manchester Clubs
- Student Who Scored 364 In JAMB Receives N5m Cash (Photo)
- Presidency Speaks On Buhari Extending 10-day London Vacation
- SARS Caught "Extorting Passengers" Despite Osinbajo's Order
- Female Corper Knocked Down By Reckless Driver In Lagos
- Story Of Abuja Wild Forest Where "All Kinds Of Things" Happen
- Oil prices down by 13% over growing US crude inventories
- MTN secures N200bn loan from Diamond bank, 11 others
- Pastor's Wife Attacked For Brutalizing Her Little Maid (Maid)
- Kemi Adeosun's Certificate: SERAP Drags NYSC Boss To Court
- Fraudster Impersonating Nollywood Actor To Defraud People Arrested In Lagos
- 2019: Tinubu tackles Obasanjo
- Police lost 15 operatives to Bandits in two months; families demand compensation
- Investors panic as prices of Bitcoin, others plummet
- Nigeria’s inflation drops again in July
- Update On How 35 Died As Bridge Collapsed In Italy (Photos)
- Buhari To Take Action On New DSS Boss and Daura
- Thief Arrested While Preparing Pepper Soup With Stolen Goat
- The Leadership In Nigeria Today Has Lost Focus - IBB
- 2019: I’m not desperate to be President – Atiku
- Tension in Abuja: US Embassy shuts Visa, Consular Services indefinitely
- Odili, Ekpu @ 70: Of patriarchs and their progenies
- Minister’s certificate forgery scam: SERAP sues NYSC over failure to publish Adeosun’s ‘exemption certificate’