Emilia at Cannes for the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story Image: Twitter
Khaleesi has notes on how to ask the right questions to women about women. Emilia Clarke has had enough with questions about "strong female leads", and is not okay with the sexism of it all.
The Game of Thrones actor, who is at Cannes for the premiere of her new film Solo: A Star Wars Story, low-key lashed out at a reporter who asked her a question about strong female leads.
"I'm gonna tell you how it feels to play a woman. The end. That's it. Take the strong out of it. Find another adjective, dammit! I'm just playing women. If it's not strong, what is it? You're telling me that there's another option? There's like a weak option? You think a lead in a movie is gonna be a weak woman?" Emilia said in an interview with Variety.
Emilia further said the question doesn't beg a conversation as nobody uses strong to talk about male leads.
"Let's just be women. (You can ask me) How does it feel to play a female lead in a big blockbuster movie? or How does it feel to play someone with power?" said the actor who plays the role of a Crimson Dawn gang member, named Qi'ra, in the much-anticipated Star Wars movie.
Emilia, who got her first break playing one of the most empowered women on television in GoT, admits that she is tired over the redundancy of the discussion.
"I get very frustrated with that in particular because you don't get 'strong men,' unless they're like physically strong men. Do you know what I mean? Unless I'm packing guns I don't know about, then let's change that," she added.
"Maybe we can start with the training that you just gave everyone so we can stop using that word because I think people may just do it not knowing. Or just ask boys how it feels to be strong," said the British actor, who had said last year that sexism is everywhere in Hollywood.
Interestingly, Emilia, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in GoT, also opened up about the issue which is taking showbiz by storm — gender pay gap.
She revealed that she has always got the same paycheck as her male co-stars of the show, but is aware of the situation in the industry.
"It was my first job, and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman in my paycheck. So when there would come a job where that was maybe being discussed, again, it's shocking — actually shocking. And then you start to dig deep, and you start to see where it is — rife in the industry," she signed off.