As if the role she's immortalised on-screen isn't empowering enough, Gwendoline Christie has proved she's just as much a force to be reckoned with off-screen too. On discovering HBO hadn't put her up for the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her career-defining role as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones, the British actress reportedly paid her own entry fee - said to be $225 - to nominate herself and now joins her co-stars Lena Heady, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams who are all in the running for the award.
In an effort to justify why the Miu Miu campaign star wasn't put forward for consideration, HBO President Casey Bloys, explained, "We have someone who has worked for HBO for many, many years and has been an expert in awards. She will work with showrunners to figure out what's the best chance of success."
Should you find yourself in a similar situation - such as being passed over for a promotion or lacking the confidence to ask for a pay rise - LA-based life coach Camilla Sacre-Dallerup - author of transformation manual Reinvent Me (Watkins) which is out now in English and Arabic - has this advice. "Often situations like this can be about finding your voice, standing up for yourself, learning to stand in your own power, and being OK about having those uncomfortable conversations that might be needed here," Camilla tells Grazia. "Feeling like you're overlooked at work could be a nudge to ask yourself also, 'Am I feeling good enough, am I feeling like I deserve to be noticed and acknowledged here?'"
Camilla suggests, "To get your work noticed try reframing your mindset around it by moving from a 'Why am I not being noticed?' state into a 'What is in my control to change here?' state. How can you make sure you get noticed, what can you do? Working inwardly on feeling enough, knowing your worth and believing in yourself and your work will support you in situations like this."
The 71st Emmy Awards will take place on 23 September but until then, not only has Gwendoline's self-submission inspired and given us permission to speak up for ourselves in our careers, it's also given the internet its new favourite hashtag, courtesy of respected fashion critic and unlikely punster Alexander Fury. "If you win," he commented, "can we call it a Gwemmy?"
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