Kristen Stewart on Hollywood Gender Inequality: ‘Guys Make More Money Because Their Movies Make More Money’

Actress Kirsten Stewart has a message for women in Hollywood who are still consumed with the industry’s “boring” gender pay gap conversation: do something about it.

While promoting her film Certain Women at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Monday, Stewart spoke to industry outlet Variety about Hollywood’s well publicized issues with gender-inequality.

When asked about a  “lack of great roles for women,” and limited opportunities for women behind the camera, Stewart said those who are concerned about the issue should go find something productive to do.

“Instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something,” she told Variety. “Go write something, go do something.”

She continued: “And that’s easy to say. Like, f–k, it’s hard to get movies made. It’s a huge luxury. Who gets to just make movies? But that subject is just so prevalently everywhere right now, and it’s boring.”

“Like in any business that’s so old, it’s going to have a somewhat narrow view,” she said.

She added, “It’s awkward, I’m so f—king lucky and so stimulated and driven, like not bored, and I have something in front of me all the time. It sounds weird for me to sit around and be like,It’s not fair!’”

Stewart concluded, “Guys make more money because their movies make more money. Let’s start making more movies. It makes sense.”

Stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow and Patricia Arquette have all recently blasted the industry over the topic of gender pay.

Last October, Lawrence posted about the issue on Lena Dunham’s feminist blog Lenny Letter.

At the 87th Academy Awards, Arquette used her best supporting actress speech (Boyhood) to discuss equal rights.

“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody’s equal rights,” she said. “It is our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

Paltrow previously said, “Your salary is a way to quantify what you’re worth. If men are being paid a lot more for doing the same thing, it feels sh—ty.”


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