"I put in a lot of research to determine my character, there's so much material if you want to dig in".
"It will be what none of us think it will be", she cryptically said. As for what the future holds, she revealed that she feels sad and excited at the same time about leaving her most famous role behind. "It really feels like preparing to leave home...that's exciting, but it's sad and scary all at the same time", she said. "And then when they wanted me to be in it, I'm like, 'What? OK!"
Things aren't all glitz and glamour for Qi'ra, Clarke promises, as she also makes good on the "femme fatale" persona that has previously been used to describe the character. The issue is that it reached a fever pitch that is absolutely unsustainable, in terms of how soundbite-y it is.
Clarke could hardly contain herself while gleefully reliving the moment.
Speaking in Cannes where she was promoting the latest episode in the Star Wars franchise, Clarke said: "It's really hard because this is a problem that has been around forever so changing it overnight is impossible".
She pointed to education, the imposing of contractual obligations in terms of equality in the workplace and certain quotas regarding the representation of female directors in key competitions, as important next steps to take. However, it's pretty chastely - violent passion and the chemistry between the stars only on the screen, but in real life, Harington, who is about to marry his other partner on the series, unusual women don't ever look (I hope).
"Let's just be women", she said, suggesting alternative questions could be, "How does it feel to play a female lead in a big blockbuster movie?" or "How does it feel to play someone with power?" And strong. And has her own journey. Is there even another option for a female lead? The end. That's it. Take the strong out of it. Find another adjective, dammit!
Emilia's choice of attire perfectly showcased her slender frame as she posed on the red carpet.
"We can say 'Hey guys, on a really basic level you haven't filled your quota so hi, I'm here to fill your quota!'".