Emma Stone Admits Her Male Co-Stars Have Taken Pay Cuts to Secure Equal Pay: “We Are All the Same”
In the famous town of Hollywood, equal pay between men and women doesn’t necessarily come along in every project.
One actress who has experienced the trend first hand is Emma Stone.
While covering the newest issue of Out magazine with Andrea Riseborough, the Oscar winner revealed that some of her male co-stars have stepped up to ensure equality is present on set.
“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a 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,” Emma explained to the publication. “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.'”
She added, “If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life. And this is Billie Jean‘s feminism, and I love it—she is equality, man: equality, equality, equality.”
While Emma doesn’t name any specific movies or actors in the piece, fans remember some of her most recent projects include La La Land, Aloha and Irrational Man.
“It’s not about, ‘Women are this and men are that.’ It is, ‘We are all the same, we are all equal, we all deserve the same respect and the same rights.’ And that’s really what I’ve been so grateful for with male co-stars—when I’ve been in a similar-size role in films, and it’s been multiple people who have been really incredible and said, ‘That’s what I want to do. That’s what’s fair and what’s right.'” Emma continued.
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