Her first big break was on HBO's wildly successful Game of Thrones - about to enter its eighth and final series - where she says she has always been paid the same as her co-stars. She shot to fame because of the character she plays in the fantasy drama and naturally, feels sad about it all coming to an end.
'It really feels like preparing to leave home, ' she said.
The 31-year-old was speaking at Kering Women in Motion at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, where her latest film Solo: A Star Wars Story is screening. Are you telling me there's another option, that there's a weak option?
"Take the "strong" out of it, find another adjective, damn it".
During the interaction, Clarke slammed the journalists for their usage of the phrase "strong women" as she said the usage was sexist for a female lead.
"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, highlighting the importance of making smart business decisions as a young, self-employed actress, particularly at a time when the role of female creatives in the industry is radically shifting. "But yeah, so I get very frustrated with that in particular because you don't get 'strong men, ' unless they're like physically strong men".
"It will be what none of us think it will be", she cryptically said. Do you know what I mean?
Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in cinemas on May 25.
Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in hit HBO series, also revealed that she received equal pay on the show.
Emilia Clarke was "shocked" to hear about pay inequality issues, as she says she's always been paid the same as her male co-stars on Game of Thrones. "So when there would come a job where that was maybe being discussed, again, it's shocking - actually shocking".
Clarke said a way to combat the pay disparity is to "be aware of it", address it "in the beginning" and "fight harder for that stuff".