Emilia Clarke wants to retire the phrase 'strong' female leads

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Emilia Clarke is sick and exhausted of being asked about how it feels to play "a strong woman". You're telling me that there's another option? The end. That's it. Take the strong out of it. Find another adjective, dammit!

"Or, how does it feel to play a "female lead" in a big blockbuster movie, or, how does it feel to play someone with power".

"On Game of Thrones, I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars", Clarke told Variety for the Women in Motion gender equality initiative at the Cannes Film Festival. There's a "weak" option?

"You think a lead in a movie is going to be a weak woman?".

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The 31-year-old actress stars as Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO fantasy drama, and has said she has never experienced gender inequality when it comes to her pay on the show.

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The actor also said there are no strong men characters in films, unless they are physically strong. "I mean, the list goes on", Clarke noted. "So unless I'm packing guns I don't know about, let's change that". "Or just ask boys how it feels to be strong", said the British actor, who had said past year that sexism is everywhere in Hollywood.

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'It was my first job and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman, in my paycheck'.

Emilia said the discoveries were "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. Women need to fight a lot harder for this kind of stuff.

While walking the crimson carpet for a screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story with fellow movie stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Thandie Newton, it was impossible to miss Clarke's buoyant smile.

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