Star Actress Punches Huge Hole In The Gender Pay Gap Narrative

David Hookstead | Reporter

“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke was apparently never paid less than a man on the hit show.

Clarke is in Cannes for her new movie, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and briefly touched on being paid in the industry. She told the press Tuesday, “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.”

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Yikes. That statement kind of goes against everything we’re told to believe about pay in Hollywood.

I’ve always said that famous actors and actresses are paid differently because it’s about who put butts in the seats. It’s not necessarily about who is more talented or has won more awards. You know why Mark Wahlberg makes better money than his female counterpart? Because he’s a much bigger draw. (RELATED: MARK WAHLBERG’S AGENT ISN’T SEXIST — HE’S JUST REALLY GOOD AT GETTING MONEY)

I’m sure the same logic applied to Emilia Clarke in “Game of Thrones.” She’s the star of the show and has been since it got started. Now, her character arc has certainly shifted and changed, but there’s no question about where she has ever been in the hierarchy. She’s also insanely good-looking, which is a major draw for the audience.

Here’s another thing to consider: I’d be willing to bet that Clarke makes a lot more money than some other women on the hit HBO show. Why do I believe that? Because, again, she’s a bigger draw, and that’s how Hollywood works. The same can be applied to sports or any other industry where people pay to see certain people.

Can’t wait to see if anybody comes out and pressures her to apologize or go on a rant promoting the idea there is a gender pay gap in Hollywood.

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