Sophie Turner has spoken out about the gender pay gap, and justified why her fellow Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington is paid more.
Turner plays Sansa Stark and has appeared in all eight seasons of the show, as has Harington, who plays Jon Snow.
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In an interview Turner revealed that asking for a higher salary was “a little tricky. Kit [Harington] got more money than me, but he had a bigger storyline,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.
“And for the last series, he had something crazy like 70 night shoots, and I didn’t have that many. I was like, ‘You know what… you keep that money.'”
She adds that conversations around gender pay are being had more frequently:
Executives are “more willing to listen to people saying, ‘I want the same amount of money.’
“So things are getting done, but it will take a while, I think…,” Turner added.
Harington is among the reported five highest paid Game of Thrones actors, a list which also includes Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister). They each take home a reported $500,000 per episode.
Turner also spoke about the now-infamous scene in which Sansa is brutally raped by her husband, Ramsay Bolton.
“Initially, I didn’t feel there was anything that stayed with me from all the things Sansa went through,” Turner says. “But though I think it hasn’t affected me emotionally, I did start thinking about the domestic abuse and rape, and it spurred this little part of me that might be an activist.”