Actress Emma Stone told Out Magazine that male co-stars in her films have taken pay cuts so she can receive the same pay as them out of a studio budget. She told the interviewer, "At our best right right now we’re making 80 cents to the dollar."
The actress, who is playing Billie Jean King in the upcoming film "Battle of the Sexes" depicting the tennis match between female player King and male player Bobby Riggs , explained:
"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. 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 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."
"It's messed up," Lawrence said on this weekend's "Lawrence Jones Show." He felt people should not have to take pay cuts to help their colleagues feel equal, and that Hollywood should be held accountable for the way it does business.