Emilia Clarke Confirms She Gets Equal Pay as Her Male Co-Stars on Game of Thrones

Author Thumbnail BY Bayani Miguel Acebedo - May 16, 2018

With the rise of the #MeToo Movement, there has been a huge stir in the Hollywood status quo, with several women and men moving forward for equal rights in the industry. Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, has confirmed that there is no such discrimination on the set of the HBO fantasy epic.

Talking to Variety, she explains:

“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 paycheck.”

Her comments come right after the revelation that actor Matt Smith is actually paid more for working on The Crown as compared to Claire Foy who is the main star of the series.  Clarke refers to the news as “shocking, actually shocking.”

With the case of Clarke, it would be expected that her pay would be as substantial as anyone else on the show as she is one of the main characters. It was said that the reason why Smith was paid higher on The Crown was because of his Doctor Who fame. It’s always been a trend to have higher paychecks for better-known actors/actresses in the industry. For years Neil Patrick Harris was the highest paid actor in How I Met Your Mother, and he was just in a supporting role.

Though Game of Thrones 8 is still due next year, we can catch Clarke next week when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters May 25.


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Bayani Miguel Acebedo is a pop-culture dork. When he's not scouring the internet for news on the latest movies and games, he's building Star Wars model kits and playing Overwatch. He's a huge Star Wars geek, and his favorite X-Wing pilot is Jek Porkins. He likes Kevin Smith and Jared Hess movies, and he also does cosplay. What a nerd.