Why Emilia Clarke Hates Being Asked About Playing a 'Strong Woman'

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Elsewhere in the conversation, Clarke discussed changing directors mid-way through the "Solo" shoot and the final season of "Thrones", which she is in the middle of filming as the steel-willed Daenerys Targaryen.

The cast and creative team behind "Solo: A Star Wars Story" gathered at the star-studded Cannes Film Festival for the movie's European premiere. "It will be what none of us think it will be", Clarke said. She has pretty "strong" opinions about the use of strong women, noting it's the fact that women often get that if they are playing mentally capable characters or just interesting characters in general and that it frustrates her that the opposite side of the coin is simply a "weak" female characters.

Clarke gets emotional with the thought of the show coming to end. "Find another adjective, dammit!"


"It was my first job, and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman, in my paycheck", said the "mother of dragons" in an interview with Glamour at Cannes Film Festival. If it's not strong, what is it? Talking about who is end up being the victor at the end of the show, Emilia told The Hollywood Reporter, "I don't know that I even do now". A lead in a movie is going to be weak? "Enough already with the strong women, please let's just be women!"

Since superheroes really started to becoming popular in both big screen and TV storytelling, the phrase "strong women" has started being bandied about a whole lot. No offense to the Khaleesi, but just because someone is conquering lands (or galaxies, in terms of "Star Wars") doesn't mean that that is the only definition of "strong". But a select few will be able to meet with their favorite characters much earlier - in the framework of the charity, which Fund spends together with Omaze performer of the role of Daenerys Emilia Clarke.

"Take the "strong" out of it", Clarke advised.

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