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On Equal Pay Day, Sophie Turner is OK with Kit Harington’s bigger ‘Game of Thrones’ salary

LOS ANGELES, CA - January 29, 2017— Sophie Turner during the arrivals at the 23rd Annual Screen Acto
Sophie Turner arrives at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2017.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

While you’re marking Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, note that “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner does indeed believe in equal pay for equal work. But when the other guy is working longer and harder, and frequently in the dark?

That’s a different story.

Kit Harington, who plays Sansa Stark’s brother Jon Snow, “got more money than me,” the 23-year-old actress recently told Harper’s Bazaar UK, “but he had a bigger story line. 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.’”

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There’s nothing like a little shift differential squeezed in among all the swords and nudity and fire-breathing dragons.

That said, the future Mrs. Joe Jonas is pretty thrilled to witness the results of things like her contractual inclusion rider, which can guarantee an equal gender split on a crew.

“Now, you see women in the camera departments, producing, directing,” Turner said. “It’s exciting.”

Also exciting to her is the fact that, post-Harvey Weinstein, potential abusers might be having second thoughts in a landscape that’s put fear into many.

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“I think everyone’s a bit terrified. Old men ... whoever’s committing these awful crimes,” Turner said. “It’s not just being publicly shamed, it’s proper consequences. It’s losing your jobs and going to court. It’s great that these things have happened.”

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