Highly paid male stars should take pay cut, says Salma Hayek!
Mon May 14th, 2018
The Cannes film festival is one of the glitzy affairs of this year.
Recently, the Hollywood actor Salma Hayek became the newest to throw yet another grenade into the simmering gender debate, arguing that male film stars would have to take pay cuts if they were serious about equal pay for women.
Salma Hayek, a leading voice in the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, told highly paid male stars would have to make sacrifices.
“It is not just the producers” who have to change if the huge pay gap is to be closed. “It is actors too,” she told.
“Time’s up. You had a good run, but it is time now to be generous with the actresses,” she told a Women in Motion talk at the festival.
“If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses. 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,” Hayek added. “Otherwise they will kill the movie.”