Rose Byrne has weighed in on the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
The Australian actress – known for her roles in the X-Men and Bad Neighbours movies, as well as TV series Damages – acknowledged that it is a problem in the industry, but said that the producers rather than the stars need to face those questions, as they have the power to do something about it.
“My decisions around what I do, why I do it, financially, are personal,” she told ES Magazine. “And I think those questions are really for the producers – why are you paying women less?
[Above: Rose Byrne in 2011 comedy Bridesmaids]
“I feel like actresses often get lumped with these questions, and it’s like, ‘Sure, there’s disparity, but you should ask the people in power. They’re the ones who have the responsibility and the power to change stuff.'”
The Hollywood gender pay gap has been discussed frequently in recent years, from Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain to, of course, Jennifer Lawrence’s famous essay.
While the stars have helped to make the serious issue more public and widely talked about, Byrne has a point that ultimately, it’s the producers who are the ones that make the decisions on salaries.
Elsewhere in the interview, Byrne gave her take on why some men appear to be uncomfortable with funny women doing comedy.
“I think being funny comes with an authority that people find hard to give women in general,” she said. “The power to make a joke, to have the punchline – it can be very competitive and quite a masculine energy.
“I think in a lot of US comedies, women are always the nagging one, the downer. Those films are a bit misogynistic.”
The full interview appears in this week’s issue of ES Magazine, out on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
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