“Battle Of The Sexes” stars Emma Stone and Andrea Riseborough are talking a real-life battle of the sexes when it comes to equal pay in Hollywood.
In a new interview with Out magazine, Stone reveals her male co-stars have taken a salary cut so she could receive an equal salary — something they were more than willing to do.
“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,” the 28-year-old actress says, adding that her male colleagues have accepted a lower salary because it’s what’s “fair.”
“That’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair, so 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 tells the magazine. “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.”
Stone adds that there isn’t a set formula as to how much a woman in Hollywood is offered for a role, but actresses tend to make at least 20 per cent less than their male counterparts.
“It’s a difficult system because it depends on the kinds of films you’re a part of, the size of your role, how much the movies make at the box office. And so much of that changes your pay throughout your career, so I go more to the blanket issue that women, in general, are making four-fifths at best,” she says, elaborating.
The actresses star in the upcoming movie based on the famous 1973 tennis match between ladies tennis champ Billie Jean King (played by Stone) and former player and noted hustler Bobby Riggs (played by Steve Carell). Dubbed the “Battle Of The Sexes”, the televised event pitted the two together with King ultimately triumphing over Riggs. Like Stone, King was an activist for women’s rights and equal pay.
Now, over 44 years since the legendary tennis match, Riseborough says there’s still a long way to go when it comes to the current battle between the sexes.
“Sometimes I feel like we have got a long way to go. Women are seriously, highly sexualized. Just look at the ‘Baywatch’ posters,” she says. “We have to be real about the fact that we’re in 2017 and everyone’s so excited that we put out a superhero movie starring a woman.”
“Battle Of The Sexes” opens in theatres September 22.