Scarlett Johansson: “For Me To Talk About Equal Gender Pay Feels Obnoxious”
Scarlett Johansson opens up in a new interview about a variety of issues affecting women, including the gender pay gap. The actress, however, admits that as a high-paid movie star, it feels “obnoxious” for her to personally criticize the wage discrepancy between men and women.
“There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole,” says Johansson about equal pay. “I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage,” she tells Cosmopolitan. Johansson, whose net worth is estimated at $55 million, was reportedly paid a higher salary for The Avengers than co-stars Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner. And in 2015, Johansson nabbed the number two spot on Forbes’s list of the highest-paid actresses in the world.
While Johansson admits she recognizes that “every woman has [been underpaid],” she thinks her talking about a “personal experience” related to the topic “feels a little obnoxious.” The actress further notes she’s open to “addressing it as a larger problem,” adding, “It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”
Also in her Cosmopolitan cover story, Johansson discusses having been in unhealthy relationships with men, as well as how the country is “moving backward” when it comes to efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. The May 2016 issue of the magazine hits newsstands April 12.