Salma Hayek Talks Gender Equality In Hollywood, Suggests Male Stars Take Pay Cuts To Close Wage Gap

Salma Hayek appeared at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday morning to speak at a “Women in Motion” event sponsored by luxury brand Kering, and she had some big points to make about the wage gap between male and female actors in Hollywood.

“It is not just the producers” who need to change in order to affect wage parity, she said (via The Guardian). “It is actors too.”

As the “Beatriz At Dinner” actress explains, male stars also need to take some responsibility. “Time’s up. You had a good run, but it is time now to be generous with the actresses,” she said.

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“If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses,” she added. “If the movie’s budget is $10m, the [male] actor has to understand that if he is making $9.7m, it is going to be hard for equality. Otherwise they will kill the movie.”

She joked: “I will be hated for saying this, […] I hope I can get another job.”

The day before Hayek spoke at the event, she was one of 82 women, including Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, and “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, to engage in a symbolic march on the steps of the red carpet during the Cannes screening of “Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)”.

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“On these steps today stand 82 women representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946. In the same period 1,688 male directors have climbed these very same stairs,” said Blanchett.

“These facts are stark and undeniable,” she added. “Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise.”

“It was very meaningful to me in many ways,” Hayek said of the march. “Personally, as a woman that’s been part of this community and has had to go through the struggles that all women have had to go through. It’s an important step to see this happen.”

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