Emilia, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, commanded attention at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival.
The actress, who has a prominent role in "Solo: A Star Wars Story", said the topic "doesn't even bear having a conversation" and asked journalists and publications alike to "please" give up using the word "strong" to describe a female lead. "Take the strong out of it. Find another adjective, dammit!" You're telling me that there's another option? There's like a weak option?
"It will be what none of us think it will be", she cryptically said.More news: JR Smith Shoves Al Horford in Celtics-Cavaliers Game 2
"Let's just be women", she said, suggesting alternative questions could be, "How does it feel to play a female lead in a big blockbuster movie?" or "How does it feel to play someone with power?"
"We can say 'Hey guys, on a really basic level you haven't filled your quota so hi, I'm here to fill your quota!'".
Clarke used male leads as an example by pointing out that they're rarely referred to as "strong men", unless they're physically strong.
"Or just ask boys how it feels to be strong", Clarke replied. This means that she has always been paid the same as her male co-stars. Clarke said that she never felt discriminated because she is a woman and that the reveals about Claire Foy being paid a lot less than Matt Smith on Netlfix's The Crown were really shocking.More news: Navalny Gets 30 Days In Jail For Anti-Putin Protests
It was only when she began working in film that she encountered discrimination but she says "the temperature changed dramatically the morning all of this stuff (the Me Too movement) started".
Perhaps it shouldn't come as such a shock.
U.S. actor Alden Ehrenreich (L), British actress Emilia Clarke and USA director Ron Howard arrive on May 15, 2018 for the screening of the film "Solo: A Star Wars Story".
She added to Variety magazine at the "Women In Motion" panel at Cannes Film Festival: "You start to dig deep and see where it is, rife in the industry".More news: Next Up at Amazon-Run Whole Foods: Half-Priced Halibut Steaks