Emma Stone: I’m “Lucky” To Get Equal Pay
Emma Stone discuses the issue of equal pay in her new Vogue cover story. Check out photos from the November 2016 issue below.
Stone stars opposite Steve Carrell in the upcoming tennis biopic, Battle Of The Sexes, about the face-off between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. The athletes’ famous match, of course, was all about equality between genders, a topic Stone was asked about by Vogue. “We should all be treated fairly and paid fairly,” she says.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have equal pay to my male costars. “Not ‘lucky.’ I’ve had pay equal to my male costars in the past few films,” Stone reveals. “But our industry ebbs and flows in a way that’s like, ‘How much are you bringing into the box office?’ ‘How much are you the draw or is the other person the draw?’”
She continues, “I felt uncomfortable talking to my agent or lawyer about it because I was like, ‘Do people want to see me as much as they want to see Steve Carrell?’ It’s a weird conversation to have because it’s trying to see oneself from the outside.” The actress adds, “What are we at [nationally]? Seventy-nine cents to the dollar? It’s insane. There’s no excuse for it anymore.”
Stone also acknowledges that her career has gone from “What can I get?” to “What do I want?” but admits she worries about losing it all. “You always feel a little bit like that. That you could again be an outsider, that something could make people never want to hire you again,” she tells the magazine.