Dakota Fanning Calls Hollywood’s Gender Wage Gap ‘Frustrating’

“American Pastoral” actress Dakota Fanning says the fact that we’re still talking about the gender age gap in Hollywood is “frustrating”.

In a new interview with Elle Canada, 22-year-old Fanning shares her thoughts on the disparity between genders.

“It’s frustrating that you still have to talk about it. As part of my school, I’ve studied lots of different periods, and if you go back to, like, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, it’s talking about the disparity between genders, and it’s crazy that we still haven’t cracked that,” she tells the magazine.

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The gap is something she’s experienced while working in Hollywood, likening her new producing project as an example as to why it’s important to put women in the spotlight.

“I’m producing ‘The Bell Jar’, which is one of the most famous novels of all time and one of the greatest feminist pieces of literature. It has taken such a long time to get it made, and having to explain why it would be interesting…it’s like, I don’t even know how to answer that question. It’s ‘The Bell Jar’ —what are you talking about? Why would it not be? I hate having to explain why it’s important to make films about women,” she says.  “I’ve experienced a little of that, and I’m sure things that I don’t even know about have happened to me. I remember realizing that being a girl meant a different thing than being a boy, and I wasn’t raised like that. I don’t believe in that!”

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Treating the genders equally is something Fanning says is part of her own life philosophy.

“I am a woman, and I’m very proud of that. I love men. I believe all human beings are equal and should be treated accordingly,” she explains.  “I try not to worry about things, and I always say to myself that one day what you’re experiencing will be a memory.”

Fanning will next be seen on screen in Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, “American Pastoral”, in theatres this fall.



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