Gender Pay Gap: “Game Of Thrones” Star Sophie Turner Gets Less Than Kit Harington (But She’s Okay With That)
Sophie Turner says Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington gets paid more than her. But she’s okay with that.
Although Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, admitted to being paid less than Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, she also said she was okay with it because Kit’s storyline was bigger than hers. Sophie added, in an interview in May 2019’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar, that Kit had to shoot for almost 70 nights, while she didn’t have as many as that.
The equal-pay issue has been prevalent in Hollywood for decades. Last year it was revealed that Matt Smith and Claire Foy, the co-stars of The Crown, were receiving unequal pay, despite the fact that Claire was the star of the series. This led to numerous discussions about equal pay in the TV series industry, with HBO publicly declaring that equal pay would become a necessity on its releases.
Movements such as Time’s Up are also helping to make this issue less common and less accepted. Sophie Turner praised the campaign and said she can already see a difference as more and more women take jobs as producers, directors or cinematographers; so things are getting done, even if it takes a while.
She then goes on to explain how lucky she feels for never having had a “Weinstein case”: “I’ve had moments where I’ve thought in hindsight […] but I’ve never had anything as extreme as these awful Weinstein cases”. The actress admits that almost half of the people involved in the industry have a weird story to tell and that now, people finally feel confident enough to speak up and not just think that that’s how things are supposed to be.
She concludes by saying how happy she feels to see the people that have committed abuse facing the consequences of their actions. “It’s not just being publicly shamed, it’s proper consequences. It’s losing your jobs and going to court,” she concluded.
Game of Thrones is returning this April, with its six-episode final season due to be released on April 14.