Emilia Clarke Says She Hates The Phrase ‘Strong Women’: ‘You Think A Lead In A Movie Is Going To Be A Weak Woman?’

Emilia Clarke insisted she’s not a fan of the phrase “strong women” as she spoke at the Kering Women in Motion event at the Cannes Film Festival Tuesday.

The 31-year-old, who plays Qi’ra in the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, told Variety: “If it’s not strong, what is it? Are you telling me there’s another option, that there’s a weak option?

“You think a lead in a movie is going to be a weak woman? It just doesn’t even bear having the conversation, so enough already with the strong women, please.

“Unless I’m packing guns I don’t know about, then let’s change that,” she then added.

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The “Game of Thrones” star suggested an assortment of phrases that could be used, such as: “What does it feel like to play someone with power?” or “How does it feel to play a female lead in a big blockbuster movie?”

“Take the ‘strong’ out of it,” Clarke advised. “Find another adjective, dammit. I’m just playing women.”

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The actress’ interview also saw her address the gender pay gap, with her insisting that it didn’t affect her role as Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones”.

“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 paycheque.”

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