Gender pay-gap is a real issue in Hollywood; one that not even Oscar-winning actresses are safe of.
Emma Stone revealed this week that her male co-stars have taken pay cuts to make sure she could achieve parity for doing the same job.
“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair. That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily—that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘that’s what’s fair’. If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believe we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life.”
Stone talked about her experiences with gender pay-gap in an interview while promoting her upcoming film Battle of the Sexes. The film follows the epic tennis match in 1973 between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, a retired player who had asserted that there was no place for women in professional sports.
That same year, King famously threatened to boycott the U.S. Open over a pay disparity for female athletes.
It seems like the Oscar-winner and the tennis legend have more in common than just their role in the Battle of the Sexes’ plot: a problem with gender-based pay disparity in their professions.