Emilia Clarke Star Wars: On the eve of her red carpet debut in Cannes for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the London-born actress Emilia Clarke sat down for an interview to discuss the film’s release and the industry’s ongoing changes.
On a panel for Kering’s “Women in Motion” series, Clarke discussed how she developed her “Star Wars” character.
Clarke, who plays Qi’ra, Han Solo’s mysterious partner in crime, said, “Some things I had to fight for, but the team was generally very generous in collaborating to create the character.” To develop my personality, I read a tonne of books and watched a lot of movies.
Clarke also talked about how the movie’s director switched to Ron Howard in the middle of filming. Ron “took us from a kind of ‘What are we doing phase to a place of such ease and comfort and fun,” she continued.
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In addition to this film, Clarke is currently filming the last episodes of “Game of Thrones,” the HBO series in which she rose to fame as Daenerys Targaryen.
It’s like getting ready to move out. It’s sad and eerie and thrilling all at the same time. Clarke admitted that she does not yet know how the series will end but that it has been her “entire life,” “entire Twenties,” and “everything.” “Nobody cares, everybody’s like ‘Tell me, but don’t tell me.’ It will be something that none of us could have predicted.
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Clarke is currently working on several film projects and has announced her intention to launch her own production company to “tell really good stories.”
She stressed the importance of making sound business decisions as a young, self-employed actress, especially at a time when the role of female creatives in the industry is radically shifting. “It’s going to be something that I found, that I’ll choose how to shape and put all my creative juices behind,” she said.
Clarke, an outspoken feminist, and proponent of the #MeToo movement shifted the focus back to the ongoing issue shortly after it was brought up.
“I’m frequently asked if the #MeToo movement is losing steam. The problem is that it has reached an extreme that can no longer be sustained, especially in terms of the number of one-liners being used. But we must keep in mind that the movement is working harder than ever and that we are continuing to put moderate pressure on the business sector,” Clarke said. The problem has existed for eons, so obviously we won’t be able to fix it overnight. This [movement] is not going away.
She suggested that crucial next steps include educating the public, mandating contractual obligations regarding workplace equality, and setting quotas for the number of female directors in major competitions.
Clarke seems to have had enough of being asked to play “strong women” in her films, so she thinks the language used to describe female roles needs to be revised.
“I’m supposed to be a girl. As to why you’d describe her as strong, please explain. Is there no one else you could cast as the female lead? The young actress screamed, “Find another adjective, damn it!”
When asked about her outfit on the red carpet, she responded the same way: “Fashion is OK.” As we are walking the red carpet, I feel comfortable disclosing that someone lent me the dress I am wearing. Not only that, but you should also inquire as to what the males are donning. Asking only women makes us feel like we’re being used as props.
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