Emma Stone says male co-stars took pay cut so she could get equal salary

Oscar winner Emma Stone believes that women in Hollywood make ‘four-fifths at best’ of what the men get.
Oscar winner Emma Stone believes that women in Hollywood make ‘four-fifths at best’ of what the men get. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW YORK • Did Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Steve Carell take a pay cut for Emma Stone?

The intriguing question has arisen after the actress - who has starred in movies with the trio - said her male co-stars, whom she did not name, had accepted less so that she could be paid more.

She acted with Gosling in La La Land (2016), Cooper in Aloha (2015) and Carell in Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011).

Stone, an Oscar Best Actress winner for La La Land, made the revelation in a discussion with Out magazine over Hollywood's reward system.

"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," she told Out.

"And that's something they do for me because they feel it's what's right and fair."

Stone, 28, believes that women in Hollywood make "four-fifths at best" of what the men get.

Her take is that "it's not about 'women are this and men are that'. It is 'we are all the same, we are all equal, we all deserve the same respect and the same rights'".

She portrays tennis great Billie Jean King in the upcoming movie Battle Of The Sexes.

In 1973, King, then 29, beat Bobby Riggs, a former top player, after he claimed he could beat any of the ranking female players, even at his age of 55.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2017, with the headline 'Emma Stone says male co-stars took pay cut for her'. Print Edition | Subscribe